Archive for Water

SSWMNA (Sustainable Sanitation and Water Resources Management Network Asia)

sswrmnaThe aim of the SSWRMNA project is to improve local capacity for sustainable sanitation and water resource management in Nepal and the Philippines and to consolidate and mainstream the efforts in this area in India. In order to do so, the project will establish a Sustainable Sanitation and Water Resources Management Network and provide necessary capacity building at the individual, institutional and inter-institutional levels.

The Climate Change and Disaster Risk Program Aims

6_1Establish the collaborative network of multi discipline research in climate change and disaster risk in the Ateneo. Facilitate the development of a University framework for Climate Change and Disaster Risk Research

Conference on Transformative Land and Water Governance

transformative_governancePrimarily, this year’s conference seeks to encourage exchange of knowledge and experience among participants on how they are learning, creating and accompanying different stakeholders to transform land and water governance. Knowledge from across the natural and social sciences is needed to develop a thorough understanding of our ecological challenges. These challenges include: Learning how to develop a comprehensive and integrated point of view, through linking academic disciplines, that enables us to transform our governance of land and water resources; Creating capacities that enable us to build safe and secure societies that are resilient to disaster risks; Accompanying the youth as they prepare to inherit the responsibility of building a sustainable future for our community and society.

Promoting waterless ecological sanitation in Tarumitra, a Jesuit bio-reserve and ecology centre in India

2014_04_15_PP_Photo2-300x225A Jesuit bio-reserve and ecology centre, Tarumitra (meaning Friends of Trees, in both Hindi and Sanskrit), in the outskirts of Patna city, is a key resource in promoting ecosan in Bihar state. With support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency through the SEI/WASHi initiative, Tarumitra built a demonstration ecosan and hygiene facility on its premises, giving visitors an opportunity to see and learn about ecosan first hand.

A culture of management: Securing access to safe drinking water in Timor Leste

GYAC_EBruno_Photo-300x300Water scarcity is a phenomenon in Timor Leste. Thus, communities face the challenge of optimizing the management of a scarce resource. Scarcity is evident in the lack of accessible clean water, with 45% of the rural population reportedly with no access to improved water source. Suco Ulmera (of the subdistrict Bazartete and Liquiçá district, situated on the northern coast) is one of many areas where water system projects were established at various times in the country’s history. However, access to clean water is still a problem especially along the highway and coastal households.

The commoditization of water and its social impact

2013_12_31_ReflectionWater, once a synonym of life, is fast becoming the basis for disrupting life as we perceive it on Earth. Scenario 1: Faced with a task of feeding 8 billion (and counting) hungry mouths, agriculture is becoming more and more intense, with water usage (70 percent of the world’s freshwater is used in agriculture) promising to go up drastically. Scenario 2: Rapid urbanization, migration, and a loss of opportunities on the other hand is forcing migrations of unprecedented scales – people who have to be provided access to clean drinking water and sanitation.