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Water Interventions for Improving Smallholder Farming

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The solution aims to provide information on relevant innovative water interventions in Asia in order to contribute to direct external and domestic assistance in food security and poverty reduction to those most needing it. It recognizes the multiple dimensions of the rural water challenges, and shows how people’s livelihoods depend on reliable water sources for wide variety of uses. It analyse linkages between water and rural livelihoods in the Region and propose a visual display of the findings (maps) for easier uptake. It therefore identifies hotspots of poverty and water constraints, and proposes innovative, pro-poor water related interventions aiming at improving rural livelihoods in Asia Region, by engaging with a range of country stakeholders involved in the water sector.

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Deep Words, Shallow Words: An Initial Analysis of Water Discourse in Four Decades of UN Declarations

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UNU-INWEH undertook an examination of the changing language of water in high-level declarations from eleven UN conferences on water and the environment over the past forty years. Both deepening and shallowing of key terms were evident throughout the documents and the report suggests effective strategies for highlighting and strengthening key concepts.

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Ecosystem for life: A Bangladesh India Initiative

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Bangladesh is a riverine country having 310 rivers including large and small types of which 57 are international rivers, 54 coming from India and 3 from Myanmar. It is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain in-stream flow requirement essential for the maintenance of river ecology and aquatic habitat necessary for the healthy life cycle of plants and animals. The situation appears to be becoming even more serious with climate change. At the same time flood plain river banks, developed from recent deposits consisting mostly silt and fine sand are highly susceptible to erosion. As a result, the river channels often shifts within wide range of river bed. In addition, annually, they consume several thousand hectares of flood plain land leaving thousands of people homeless and damaging or destroying essential infrastructures.

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