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A team of scientists and an environmental law expert at FIU lead the implementation of GLOWS projects around the world.

GLOWS Featured in FIU Magazine

 

A team of scientists and an environmental law expert at FIU lead the implementation of GLOWS projects around the world.

GLOWS (Global Water for Sustainability) is featured in the fall 2012 issue of FIU Magazine with a spectacular illustration that highlights everywhere in the world the $84 million program is working to protect existing water supply and demonstrate the benefits of sustainable development while also preserving the environment.

With total global water demand doubling every 20 years, it’s expected that more than 2.8 billion people will be living in either water-scarce or water-stressed regions of the world by 2025, according the [...]

A workgroup discusses how their organizations would benefit from a USAID WA-WASH partnership.

Global Development Alliances and Partnerships Key to Success in WA-WASH Program

The USAID West Africa Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene Program (USAID WA-WASH) organized a workshop on Global Development Alliances and Partnerships (GDA/P) on July 20, 2012 at the Hotel Laïco in Ouagadougou with participants from public and private sectors, Foundations and local governments.

Dr. Lakhdar Boukerrou, USAID WA-WASH Regional Director, made a presentation on the program being implemented by the Global Water for Sustainability (GLOWS), at Florida International University.

In his presentation, Jacques-Edouard Tiberghien, BPD’s Program Officer defined partnership, and urged the participants to clearly identify the goals, objectives and resources needed to ensure success.

Mara River: Life of the Mara-Serengeti Ecoregion

Every year in July and August, the Mara-Serengeti Ecoregion, shared by Kenya and Tanzania, witnesses the “Great Migration,” a spectacular natural event where wildebeest, zebras and Thomson gazelles migrate from the Ndutu Plain in Tanzania, westward, in search of food and water.

GLOWS initiated the USAID/East Africa-funded  Trans-boundary Water for Biodiversity and Human Health in the Mara River Basin (TWB-MRB) Project in 2006, in partnership with Florida International University, WWF Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Programme Office, World Vision Kenya and CARE Tanzania,  to support the development and implementation of a basin-scale integrated waters resources management plan for the region.

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Water Shortage Has Broad-based Consequences in West Africa

Lack of adequate water in West Africa has also led to food shortages.

Lack of water and sanitation has broad-based consquences in West Africa.

“Insufficient and inadequate access to water and sanitation services has enormous health, economic and social consequences on populations’ living condition, notably the poor,” said Dr. Lakhdar Boukerrou, Regional Director of USAID WA-WASH, speaking at the launch of the USAID West Africa Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene Program (USAID WA-WASH) office July 16, 2012 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

“Besides problems related to water sanitation and hygiene, the four beneficiary countries, are also experiencing food shortages,” Boukerrou said. “Accentuated by Climate [...]

Unviersity of Santander hydrology and engineering students participate in GLOWS conference at FIU

GLOWS Holds Water Resources Conference for University of Santander, Colombia Students

Unviersity of Santander environmental studies and engineering students participate in GLOWS conference.

The Global Water for Sustainability Program (GLOWS) at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami hosted a group of  environmental studies and engineering students from Colombia as part of a special course on Water Resource Management organized in cooperation with the University of Santander  (UDES), Colombia.

The course, held at the FIU Kovens Center, August 6 – 14, 2012, included field trips to the Miami River and the Florida Everglades, an International Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site. The students also visited one of the workstations of the South [...]

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USAID WA-WASH Program Officially Launches Activities in West Africa

The USAID WA-WASH Program launched its activities in Ougadougou, Burkina Faso July 16, 2012.

The WA-WASH Program is being implemented under the leadership of the Global Water for Sustainability (GLOWS) Program at Florida International University in Miami, Florida.  The primary goal of the four-year program (2011-2015) funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) is to increase sustainable access to safe water and sanitation and improve hygiene services in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali and Niger.

Guests from various organizations, including government representatives, partners, NGOs, academic institutions, private sector, US projects, governors of regions and mayors attended the launching ceremony which was [...]

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Triple-S Concept Takes the Long-term View on Water Services

Ton Schouten speaks to representatives of African WASH NGOs about Triple-S in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Construction of a shiny new pump in a remote village is only the first step in establishing sustainable rural water supply for the 37 million people in sub-Sahara Africa still struggling to obtain access to fresh water.

The true challenge is making sure that pump is still providing potable water a decade later, according to Ton Schouten, director of the Sustainable Services at Scale (Triple-S) program of the IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre.

Schouten  delivered a presentation on the Triple-S program for GLOWS’ Capacity Building of [...]

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GLOWS July Newsletter

For more than 1.1 billion people around the globe, getting access to potable water is a daily struggle.

The  GLOWS (Global Waters for Sustainability Program)  July 2012 Newsletter  provides updated information on water supply, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services being implemented to improve water management practices and build local capacity around the world.

The July issue includes information on GLOWS Partners, as well as links to articles on projects in Tanzania, Republic of Georgia, the recent Water Information Summit in Quagadougo, and GLOWS’ role in Rio+20, the United Nation’s Conference on Sustainable Development held June 20-22 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

To see [...]

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Rwanda Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Begins with Water Meeting

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Global Water for Sustainability Program (GLOWS) Executive Officers Alberto Tejada-Guibert and Ryan Stoa participated in the May 18, 2012 meeting of the  Water Thematic Working Group (TWG) in Kigali, Rwanda organized by the Rwanda Ministry of National Resources.  The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the water-related policies that will be proposed to the government of Rwanda for a new  Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS 2). 

The EDPRS 2 is a key document that will guide the developmental activities of Rwanda for the next five years; building on the first EDPRS and various strategic documents that [...]

GLOWS Program Executive Officer Ryan Stoa Addressing the World Meeting of Environmental Lawyers

Case Made for Harmonizing International Water Laws at Rio+20 Event.

GLOWS Program Executive Officer Ryan Stoa Addressing the World Meeting of Environmental Lawyers

 

At the World Meeting of Environmental Lawyers in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Ryan Stoa (GLOWS Program Executive Officer and Fellow in Water Law and Policy at FIU’s College of Law) spoke of the need to harmonize and integrate international water laws.

A side event that took place during the United Nation’s Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), the World Meeting brought together environmental legal experts from around the world to discuss pressing issues and propose a way forward.

Harmonizing various legal instruments that codify or promote international water law – the Watercourses [...]

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Building Resiliency in Africa

 

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As RIO+20  (the United National Conference on Sustainable Development) came to its conclusion this week in Brazil, discussions on how to best achieve sustainable development circled back to the changing landscapes and every-increasing demands on the earth’s finite resources.

In parts of Africa where the Global Water for Sustainability (GLOWS)  projects are based, including Tanzania, Rwanda and the West African countries of Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and Ghana, vulnerabilities are expressed in life-threatening water and food shortages impacting both human populations and ecosystems:

 Reductions in water flow to the Mara River could compromise conditions for [...]

The Mara River is the only perennial river in the Mara-Serengeti eco-region.

GLOWS on the Road to Rio: Charting a Green Path to Prosperity

At the upcoming United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development – Rio+20 – thousands of delegates from around the world will take up the issue of protecting biodiversity as part of the “green path” to prosperity.

The Mara River is the only perennial river in the Mara-Serengeti eco-region.

“Protecting biodiversity is a critical piece of the global conversation on sustainability,” said GLOWS Executive Officer Elizabeth Anderson, who will be attending RIO+20 June 20-22 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, along with Executive Officer Ryan Stoa, and GLOWS Executive Director Maria Donoso.

Biodiversity conservation is particularly pressing in light of the recent findings that global extinctions [...]

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GLOWS to Participate in UN Rio+20 Global Sustainability Conference in Brazil

(Miami, FL) — Representatives of FIU’s Global Water for Sustainability (GLOWS) Program will be participating in the UN’s Rio+20 Conference, the United Nation’s Conference on Sustainable Development to be held June 20-22 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

GLOWS Director Maria Donoso, and Program Executive Officers Elizabeth Anderson and Ryan Stoa, who is a Fellow in Water Law and Policy at the FIU College of Law, will be attending the conference.

The Conference, which will bring together 180 ministers, 50,000 activists  and participants from  NGO’s and business representatives, marks the 20th anniversary of 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED).  At [...]

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