August 2016 was the warmest August in 136 years of modern record-keeping, according to a monthly analysis of global temperatures by scientists at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York.The record warm August continued a streak of 11 consecutive months dating back to October 2015 that have set new monthly high-temperature records.It is good to see that after its introduction to the World Water Week about 10 years ago, climate change has been acknowledged by the water sector as an important development that needs to be seriously considered in water resources decisions.Nowadays, however, ‘climate change’ is too often used as an argument or excuse to achieve water-related political goals, such as funding for dams or large-scale water transfers – without a proper analysis of the real causes of problems such as conflict, displacement, poverty.Stockholm, 1 September 2016 • Today, during the World Water Week in Stockholm, Transboundary Water Management and the Climate Change Debate has been announced to be the International Water Resources Book of the Year 2015.After due consideration of more than 100 books about international hydrology and water resources, we are happy to announce that has been awarded the title International Water Resources Book of the Year 2015.Today, more than one million people have made it their mission too. population and conflicts, we see also an increase in displacement.Increasingly linkages are made between displacement, migration, refugee flows and climate change, which is often linked to water-related problems.
Aquifers are shared across national borders and have the potential to spark conflict.
These nowadays almost automatic linkages with climate change do not always have a sound foundation, based on science, monitoring and real-world data.
SIWI has just published a very good Working Paper, that is spot-on: »Water, migration and how they are interlinked«. The exposure of multinational companies to depleting and degrading groundwater is increasing.
For almost a quarter of a century, UN deputy secretary general Jan Eliasson has been an indefatigable champion of the right to water and sanitation for all. »They look at budgetary needs now but don’t see the larger picture. Ministers of finance should have responsibility for the long-term effects of public expenditure.
[...] Water and sanitation cannot drop off the agenda now. You have the development community, the World Bank and the big development banks, but also the scientific and health communities along with civil society, and philanthropists all backing it.« Ten years ago, former nightclub promoter Scott Harrison set out to solve the water crisis in his lifetime. The Integrated Drought Management Programme (IDMP), which is co-sponsored by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Global Water Partnership (GWP) and some 30 other partners, has released a «Handbook of Drought Indicators and Indices».
Companies must act beyond their site operations and help improve groundwater governance if they are to ensure their sustainable growth.