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Building the sustainable dam: the challenges of meeting energy and livelihoods objectives at the same time.

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The Nam Theun Hinboun is one of the largest dams in Laos, the so-called ‘battery of Southeast Asia’. This run-of-the-river dam was commissioned in 1998, has 210 MW installed capacity, generating some 1,500 GWh per year, 90% of which is destined for the Thai energy markets. The plant exploits the altitudinal variation between the Nam Theun (from which it derives its water supply) and the Nam Hinboun (in to which water is emptied having passed through the plant’s turbines). The dam is currently expanding its operations – the so-called Theun-Hinboun Expansion Project (THXP), which will increase installed capacity by 60 MW.

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Consejo de la Cuenca del río Machángara (CCRM / Machángara River Basin Council), Cuenca, Ecuador

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For the purpose of dealing with the aforementioned problems, on July 28, 1998 an inter-institutional agreement was signed on the formation of the Basin Council for integral management of the Machángara River basin. Objectives: In this context, the Basin Council established the objective of achieving effective coordination among the participating institutions and users in the basin to make its sustainable development possible, with emphasis on water management as part of natural resource management.

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Access to Drinking Water to Rural Communities during floods to strengthen their resilience and to adapt to Climate Change. Pilot project of an Immediate Response Team (IRT) network.

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In case of emergency situations (floods, tsunami, earthquake…), safe drinking water is one of the first thing missing. To provide safe drinking water in the immediate aftermath of a crisis, technology alone is not the solution. Aquasure has developed a standardized package of trained person and module of equipment to be ready for deployment in the most extreme situation on short notice.

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ECOLEX, the Gateway to Environmental Law

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ECOLEX is a comprehensive, internet-based information service on environmental law, including natural resources management. As a single site source of comprehensive information on environmental law, ECOLEX comprises four databases, namely international treaties, national legislation, court decisions and policy and law literature.  It provides bibliographic as well as analytical information (abstracts, key words), and links to the original full texts documents.

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Project Water is Life

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ADENAM (Youth Association in the Defense of the Nature in Matelândia) is a nonprofit organization founded by a group of teachers and students from State College Euclides da Cunha in Matelândia in September 19th, 1989. The initiative of creating an organization started with some students of the biology teacher Ildo Dal Pozzo, who were motivated to take care of the environment by means of in-class activities.

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NOVIWAM, promoting multilevel and interregional co-operation to identify and address research needs in the field of water management

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NOVIWAM project promotes multilevel and interregional co-operation to identify and address RDI needs in the field of water management. It started with a comprehensive SWOT analysis of scientific research, socioeconomic aspects and administrative proceedings with main focus in 5 participant regions. This study fed workshops and consultations oriented to the preparation of a Joint Action Plan (JAP) that will help achieving the project goals.

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European Dialogue Platform for Climate Adaptation, Water and Energy

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The European Water Partnership (EWP) has taken the initiative to create a European Dialogue Platform on Climate Change Adaptation: Water and Energy, focusing on identifying climate adaptation measures in fields linked to both water and energy, as well as on issues encountered when implementing climate adaptation measures linked to water and energy use, consumption, management or production. 

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Payment for Environmental Services-PES: An Integrated Approach to Natural Resource Management and Livelihood improvement: A case of Lake Naivasha-Malewa River Basin sub-catchment, Kenya

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 Naivasha PES project overall goal is to improve the livelihoods of target households in the Malewa Catchment of Lake Naivasha basin in Kenya. The scheme objective is to develop a viable mechanism of  payments for watershed services that delivers sustainable natural resource management and improved livelihoods and serves as a pilot and learning model for further expansion and replication.

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The Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention): a legal framework to promote cooperation on transboundary surface and groundwaters and strengthen their protection and sustainable use.

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The Water Convention is the only international framework Convention addressing transboundary water management which is currently in force. Adopted in 1992 and into force since 1996, it aims to strengthen measures at the national and transboundary levels, to protect and ensure the quantity and quality of transboundary water resources — both surface waters and groundwaters, with the overarching objective of resources sustainability.

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Methodological guidelines for water reuse project development in the Mediterranean region

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Methodological guidelines developed to identify the relevance of treated waste water reuse project by irrigation. A “go/no go approach” is proposed through different chronological steps :

-          Identification and analysis of the drivers, the context, the motivations

-          Analysis of the water resource and usage and balance;

-          Elaboration and comparison of scenario using both a technical and economical approach

-          Analysis of financial feasibility

This guideline is based on information collected from Mediterranean projects and countries and worldwide references synthesis on the subject.

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