Repost of most read water World Bank blog post of 2018
The 8th World Water Forum was held in Brazil a few days ago. What’s ironic is that the more than nine thousand of us attending this Forum were discussing water-related issues in a city of three million grappling with a severe water shortage. After checking in at my hotel, the first thing I found in my room was a notice from the Government informing guests of this crisis and recommending ways to reduce water use. We recently learned of the predicament in Cape Town, South Africa, which was on the verge of running out of this essential liquid—a plight facing many cities around the world.
August 26-31, 2018
World Water Week in Stockholm is the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues. Experts, practitioners, decision-makers, business innovators and young professionals from a range of sectors and countries come to Stockholm to network, exchange ideas, foster new thinking and develop solutions to the most pressing water-related challenges of today.
The World Bank Group will convene and participate in several sessions of World Water Week 2018, taking place from August 26-31. Below are a list of World Bank Group (co)-convened sessions and sessions with World Bank Group participating speakers. You can also follow along via Twitter using #wwweek.
Please also find a list of World Bank Group participants.
Deadline: 03-Apr-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
Objective: Under the supervision of the Project Coordinator (the Director General of MettelSat) and the World Banks Task Team,, and in liaison with the technical teams of MettelSat and the Project Implementation Unit (PIU), the Consultant, Technical Assistance Firm, will support MettelSat and its beneficiaries to implement the project, under the best market conditions and in compliance with international standards, both in terms of institutional strengthening and training, advisory service for infrastructure systems development and service delivery to specific sectors, namely disaster risk management (through Early Warning Systems), transportation (fluvial navigation and aviation), agriculture and food security.
The Private Sector Liaisons of Spain, Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands invite you to mark your calendar for June 4-6, 2018 for a joint mission focusing on the Water sector opportunities at the International Financial Institutions: World Bank Group (WBG), Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).
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Imagine that you must flee home at once. You may be fleeing violence, social tensions, poor environmental conditions, or even persecution. You and your loved ones may walk for several days to find safety, and may even go for periods without food.
What would you need to survive?
The answer is clean water. Finding drinkable water is one of the first steps in your journey to a new home. If you instead consume contaminated water, you risk exposure to several diseases. Drinking water unfit for consumption may not only harm your health in the short run — drinking unclean water may cause life-long health problems. And of course, these problems multiply if entire communities, or even cities, face these health problems.
Deadline: 23-Oct-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
Objective: IFC is seeking to recruit a specialist agency for conducting water footprint assessment in the value chains of three companies in India under the IFC MAS South Asia agribusiness advisory projects.
Deadline: 07-Nov-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
Objective: Design and implement a probabilistic flood loss evaluation for the city of Dar es Salaam and Flood Hazard and Risk Scenarios Dashboard for use by basin and municipal authorities as well as local universities. The risk model is expected to evaluate hazard, vulnerability and losses to flooding including storm surges at river basins and possibly ward administrative boundaries for the entire metropolitan area. This is expected to cover 400km2 with more details areas of interest to be defined in the terms of reference. The scenarios dashboard is intended as a decision making and planning tool for local authorities and universities to visualize and query the hazard and risk information and generate selected flood risk scenarios include reference climate scenarios. Design and development is expected to follow an iterative process with government stakeholders and academia and include a strong focus on training and knowledge transfer. Outputs will include detailed loss evaluations reports for the municipal authorities as well as the training in and handover of a locally appropriate Scenarios Visualization Dashboard.
Deadline: 27-Sep-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (KUIDFC) is the implementing agency for the Project and the Urban Local body (ULB) Hubballi-Dharwad Municipal Corporation will play a pivotal role in overseeing the transition to continuous water supply and subsequently ensuring that the service levels are sustained over the long term. To improve service delivery, KUIDFC and HDMC have entered into a twelve year performance based contract with a professional operator. The operator will be responsible for planning (one year), managing the transition to continuous water supply (three years) and sustaining the service delivery (eight years). The Project (KUWSMP) will be implemented over the first six years of the contract to ensure that service delivery is sustained for at least two years after transition to continuous supply. The World Bank has also received a request for inclusion of Kalaburgi and Belgavi into the Project through Additional Financing for which preparation is ongoing.
Mangroves are weeds; if you give them half a chance they grow in some of the most inhospitable environments; with their knees in seawater and their trunks in the air. They create forested barriers between the wrath of the seas and our coastal communities providing benefits in coastal defense and fisheries. Unfortunately there are too many examples where we have not given mangroves half a chance; hundreds of thousands of hectares have been lost to pollution, aquaculture and other developments. These represent real losses to the coastal communities – often some of the most vulnerable communities living in the highest risk areas.