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First International Rights of Nature Training for Legal Professionals hosted by Ethics Specialist Group of the World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL)

The Ethics Specialist Group of the World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL) of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), together with the Earth Law Center, will organize a 90-minute webinar on the Rights of Nature on 15 November, 2018, at 12 pm EST. The webinar will feature leading legal thinkers on the rights of nature from around the world. Participants will discuss the legal theory behind rights of nature, recent court decisions, law school education, and related topics. The rights of nature movement is based on the premise that nature should – and inherently does – possess fundamental legal rights. Recognition of these rights enables nature to defend itself as a plaintiff in court, just as humans and corporations do. Ecuador and Bolivia recognize rights of nature nationally, as do dozens of local governments in North America. Specific ecosystems are also recognized as legal persons under the law, including the Atrato River and Amazon rainforest in Colombia and the Whanganui River and Mt. Taranaki in New Zealand.

For more information, contact :Grant Wilson, Directing Attorney, Earth Law Center, Member, World Commission on Environmental Law; email: gwilson@earthlaw.org; tel.: +1-510-566-1063.

Water 2019 Travel Award

The Water journal is offering a Water 2019 Travel Award to help towards travel costs for a postdoctoral fellow or Ph.D. researcher to present his/her data, in poster or oral presentation format, at a scientific conference in 2019. The requirements for candidate participation and application materials are described at http://www.mdpi.com/journal/water/awards. Applicants can submit their applications via the Water web page up until 31 December 2018. The presentations will be assessed by an Evaluation Committee and winners will be announced on the Water website at the end of January 2019

Workshop on “Mainstreaming and Implementing the Water-Energy Nexus for Sustainable Development in the African Region,” Addis Ababa, 4-6 September, 2018

The Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity of Ethiopia, together with UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), is organizing a workshop on “Mainstreaming and Implementing the Water-Energy Nexus for Sustainable Development in the African Region” on 4-6 September, 2018, at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. UN DESA would welcome suggestions for expert speakers on the subject matter. Therefore, we invite AIDA members who are interested in participating in this meeting, or have suggestions as to possible speakers, to contact Mr Nicolas Franke, Sustainable Development Officer, at franken@un.org.

XVI World Water Congress Final Report

The Final Report of the XVI World Water Congress (Cancun, Mexico, 29 May-3 June, 2017) has now been published and is available online, at https://www.iwra.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/IWRAXVIWorldWaterCongressReport-final.pdf.

The report provides an overview of the Congress and of its various components, activities, and achievements. 

40 years of transboundary cooperation on the Geneva Aquifer System

The Geneva Water Hub will be associated with the celebrations of 40 years of transboundary cooperation on  the Geneva aquifer « nappe du Genevois » (1978-2018), jwhich will be ointly organised by the Geneva and French authorities. In this frame, a Seminar on the various stakes related to the transboundary governance of a natural resource will take place on 29 November,  2018, at Geneva, Switzerland.

The flyer is available at http://www.genevawaterhub.org/sites/default/files/atoms/files/40_ans_flyer_eng_2.pdf

Proposal for a new EU Regulation on minimum requirements for water reuse

A Commission proposal for a new Regulation on minimum requirements for water reuse o was adopted on 28 May, 2018. The proposal aims to help alleviate water scarcity and promote sustainable irrigation across the EU. This is a particularly pressing issue given water scarcity and droughts resulting from climate change, and the increasing demands on water supply. The proposed minimum quality and monitoring requirements are based on the JRC Science for Policy Report - Minimum quality requirements for water reuse in agricultural irrigation and aquifer recharge. The proposed Regulation also introduces key risk management tasks to identify other risks that should be addressed to ensure the safety of water reuse, and new transparency rules so that consumers can obtain easy access to water reuse practices in EU Member States. Essentially, the proposal will offer farmers an alternative supply of water for irrigation. For further information, go to http://ec.europa.eu/environment/water/pdf/water_reuse_regulation.pdf

New OECD report: Implementing the OECD Principles on Water Governance

This report takes stock of the use and dissemination of the OECD Principles on Water Governance, which were adopted three years ago. It provides a water governance indicator framework and draws lessons from experiences from different countries and contexts. Based on an extensive bottom-up and multi-stakeholder consultation process within the OECD Water Governance Initiative (WGI), of which AIDA is a partner, the report seeks to help interested countries, regions, cities and basins assess their water governance performance to improve their water-related policies. The document may be consulted online, or retrieved from https://read.oecd-ilibrary.org/environment/implementing-the-oecd-principles-on-water-governance_9789264292659-en.

Contributions to IWA IGR newsletter: invitation to AIDA members

The IWA Institutional Governance and Regulation Group (IGR) management team is preparing the Group Newsletter, which shall be published around end-May 2018.  AIDA members having information they feel could be of interest - news, pictures, information about seminars or activities – are invited to contribute by sending it by email to AIDA member Puja Doshi, at puja.doshi30@gmail.com before 10 May.

Public Dialogue - UN-Water SDG 6 Synthesis Report 2018 on Water and Sanitation

At its last meeting in Rome, UN-Water decided to initiate a Public Dialogue on the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 Synthesis Report 2018, starting at a briefing to the UN Permanent Missions in New York, which took place on Wednesday 2 May, 2018. The Public Dialogue will be open during six months for feedback and discussions.

The Dialogue is structured into three phases: 

AIDA member may join the Dialogue at http://dialogue.unwater.org.

The Water Police - Regulating Water Uses: A Permanent Challenge, by Anthony Mergey & Frantz Mynard (eds.), Editions Johanet, Paris, 2018

This publication is a collection of twelve papers presented at the seminar ‘Regulating water: a permanent challenge. Forms and types of water police’, which was held at the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences of the University of Rennes, France,  on 21 March, 2014. These papers focus on the developments and present status of the water police at the national and european levels, and look into its future. The book may be purchased online, at http://www.editions-johanet.net/police-de-eau-reglementer-usages-de-eau-un-defi-permanent-o78.

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