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  • UN 'Water for Life' Best Water Management Practices Award
    Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication UNW DPAC and the UN World Water Assessment Programme WWAP have announced the 3rd edition of the Water for Life UN Water Best Practices Award on behalf of UN Water The purpose of the Award is to promote efforts to fulfil international commitments made on water and water related issues by 2015 through recognition of outstanding best practices that can ensure the long term sustainable management of water resources and contribute to the achievement of internationally agreed goals and targets contained in the Millennium Development Goals MDGs Agenda 21 and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation The Award is open to projects or programmes achieving particularly effective results in the field of water management or in raising awareness in water issues The prize is awarded yearly in two categories one in best water management practices and another one in best participatory communication awareness raising and education practices This edition s focus is on Water Cooperation 1 as 2013 is International Year of Water Cooperation and World Water Day 2013 is also dedicated to this important theme The award statutes 2 describe application requirements The application period is open from 30 June to 15 September 2012

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  • A sustainable water strategy is good for business
    water supply in south Lincolnshire was too saline to use on crops As a result it has to use mains water for irrigation rather than bore holes and this has helped to focus minds For a number of years we ve been taking care in managing water as frugally as possible because obviously the more we use the more expensive it becomes explains production director Phillip Hubbert Piccaver has developed more targeted methods to water crops and it uses moisture probes to take the guess work out of irrigation The company has also built its own reservoirs to store rainwater and by quantifying water use per hectare Piccaver knows exactly how much it needs to store in case of drought As is often the case when you do things for economic reasons it turns out to be the sustainable route as well adds Hubbert Now Hubbert wants to encourage better use of water across the rest of the business especially by educating staff We ve got offices warehouses packing centres all these places use water in one form or another We ve done the big bit fields scale but now I think we need to start to fine tune and do things closer to home Along with managing business use many water industry professionals believe that the UK needs to look at the whole infrastructure surrounding water particularly the way we deal with rain When rain falls at the moment there s an urgency to get it off the land into rivers and out to sea But as water becomes a scarcer commodity has the time come to rethink the whole process Some argue for a new generation of reservoirs to be built to store the rain but Peter Simpson managing director of Anglian Water believes that we must drive greater water efficiency and explore the full potential offered by artificially recharging underground reservoirs aquifers Simpson also believes there needs to be a step change in the language of water particularly the term waste water This treated water forms a crucial part of the whole water cycle and plays a vital role keeping our rivers flowing particularly so during the summer Alan Hayes a senior sustainability analyst at the Institute of Grocery Distribution IGD argues that before we start pricing up long term changes to water s infrastructure there are still more immediate practical things we can do The starting point needs to be more bite sized he says Everyone who uses water needs to be more efficient with what they are doing Simpson agrees More people need not mean more consumption Anglian Water supplies the same amount of water every day as it did in 1989 despite a 20 increase in the population it serves Managed properly there should be enough water to meet the needs of our rising population and underpin economic growth We can and must adapt to that growth This includes recycling more water and looking at new ways in which to develop goods and services

    Original URL path: http://blue-economy.ca/print/142?page=1 (2014-10-09)
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  • The 3rd Annual Canadian Water Summit Report
    we will be sharing innovation to advance environmental performance The most important thing is this we are leaving the old paradigm of competition behind We want to scour the planet for the best ideas to make the environment better explained Wicklum Here are the goals of COSIA CEOs will be accountable in their leadership There will be a line of sight that involves goals and reporting Leverage will be an overarching collaborative hub to share and drive environmental innovation although they still remain independent Linking best ideas may be discussed and implemented if promising Best ideas will be systemized implemented and accelerated to create the pace for environmental improvement Though COSIA involves technology and innovation not policy they are primarily an innovation company We want to maintain ourselves in the strategic innovation space There is no other model like this on the planet It is a permanent organization insisted Wicklum However he did admit To some extent we are creating it as we go along We are setting goals with the 4 areas of water land air and tailings ponds Each company has their own way to source water It s the concept of regional water Local governments can also be a part of the solution It s about outreach engagement and activity It s not just about participation but actually making progress It s more than just a handshake It s sitting down with stakeholders and creating solutions During the panel discussion Geoff Riggs from IBM agreed that local participation and action create better solutions We aim to alleviate friction through technology There are so many standards out there It s really frustrating Complex problems need complex solutions Industry will be obliged to report on risk Michael Glade recommended What is needed is transparency and a common method of reporting The mandate is to come up with disclosure because a report on efficiencies isn t good enough when the risk is that great The challenge is that you are not pushing down on the suppliers You want to see communities and what they value We look at several things including sustainability of watersheds During the breakout discussion many key points were made Riggs admitted This is a new era we are in because of the collaboration Though it is time consuming it is necessary When complex systems brush up against each other this is when innovation happens Moderator Sandra Odendahl asked Where does the role of government fit in on a federal provincial and municipal level Glade answered We are good at pushing our opinions rather than sharing information This doesn t always work with the public The challenge is you will have organizations that come together but that won t invite people and organizations that don t share ideas The most important thing is to communicate The first thing is that governments need to listen and be willing to change and shift It s not just a matter of effort but about results It s time for governments

    Original URL path: http://blue-economy.ca/print/137?page=1 (2014-10-09)
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  • Improvements made under Water for Life Strategy, but future spending, new initiatives unclear
    that Effective April 30 2011 the AWRI s Management Advisory Board and the International Research Advisory Committee were disbanded The AI EES Board is examining the option of reconstituting an advisory group with water expertise According to AIEES s report Alberta s Minister of Alberta Enterprise and Advanced Education has committed to appoint a new management board for AI EES s water resources strategy However a new board has yet to be appointed AI EES on its website lists water resources as one of four strategic focus areas for AI EES along with energy technologies renewable and emerging resources and environmental management In terms of water resources the strategic priority for AI EES is to support the Water for Life Goals for safe secure water healthy ecosystems and reliable water supplies the website says However the extent of the information about water resources on AI EES s website amounts to three paragraphs 3 and four success stories 4 all initiatives started five years ago by the Alberta Water Research Institute No new water resources initiatives are identified AI EES in an analysis of its 2010 11 performance by strategic area included in its annual report ranks Water Resources the lowest of its four strategic areas in terms of performance toward AI EES goals and targets Taylor now works as a special advisor to Alberta WaterSMART a not for profit organization committed to developing and improving the management of Alberta s water resources McQueen in her talk to the Canadian Water Summit didn t mention the provincial government reconstituting an advisory group with water expertise or appointing a new management board for water resources However she pointed to significant progress by industry in using water more efficiently The seven sectors usually referred to on Alberta water conservation sites are urban municipalities agricultural irrigation forestry upstream oil and gas downstream petroleum products power generation and chemical producers Farm irrigation efficiencies have increased significantly from 35 per cent in 1965 to about 74 per cent today and we expect to reach 90 per cent in the next 10 to 15 years McQueen noted In southern Alberta 54 different crops are grown under irrigation and without irrigation we would not have Taber corn sunflower seeds or alfalfa to name a few she added More can and must be done McQueen said adding that along with instituting cumulative impact regulations for water resources In the future we will integrate water policy across government and integrate it with other policies to protect our air and land as envisioned under the provincial Land Use Framework Asked by a conference delegate about water pricing McQueen stressed We make a fundamental statement all the time Water is not for sale in Alberta and water will not be for sale in Alberta Richard Gotfried vice president corporate and community engagement at Calgary Economic Development in introducing McQueen said that Calgary and Alberta were positioning themselves not only as a global energy centre but as a thought leader in the energy

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  • Let's Give it Currency: A new report attempts to determine water’s dollar value to the Canadian economy
    you replicate the study using the same data What did you anticipate would change When Muller did his study he looked at the major water using sectors in Canada and what kind of empirical data were available indicating where he thought data was limited For that reason he deliberately omitted areas such as the value of ecosystem services We followed Muller s organization so our numbers could compare to his Based on this data we anticipated that the number would increase But that s not quite what you found Muller estimated between 7 5 and 23 billion equivalent to 15 to 44 billion in 2011 dollars while your report suggests that water is responsible for a contribution of between 7 8 and 22 9 billion The numbers are similar to Muller s but about half the value when compared in 2011 dollars Does that suggest that water s value to our economy has decreased It s very unlikely What s clear however is that the amount of information available to make such an estimate has changed very little The point of the study wasn t to demonstrate that water has become more valuable it was to discover where the gaps are We want to know about the benefits of using water but also the costs of diminishing water availability Where are the gaps In a perfect world what kind of data would be available Most importantly we want to determine the value of water in situ as it provides ecological goods and services such as the value of wetlands for carbon sequestration There are some isolated case studies that we mention in the report but they re not large or robust enough We have limited information That s the first major omission Secondly there s a lack of information about

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  • Time to plug biggest leak in city's budget bucket | Blue Economy Initiative
    a Nov 12 2010 article in the Star by Raveena Aulakh The Digging Begins on Avenue Rd estimates the cost of replacing 5 4 kilometres of water mains will be 60 million alone Furthermore this deficit does not even account for the vast amounts of energy needed to distribute water While the TTC budget has been targeted for cost reductions there is an even better way to save money water Toronto Water s energy costs are the highest of all municipal services more than the Toronto Transit Commission and five times the energy consumed by all of the city s street lights and traffic signals While the city has taken positive steps toward improving its management of water infrastructure it currently lacks a long term vision and strategy to ensure the sustainable provision of clean water for the next 50 years Mayor Ford and council should adopt the following action plan First fix the leaks As much as 25 per cent of the water in the system is leaking and this costs the city an estimated 700 million annually which is the equivalent of 100 new streetcars Fixing the leaks should be covered by a city s water rates but in Toronto as with many Canadian cities water rates have been kept low leading to underinvestment in water infrastructure Just because water falls from the sky does not mean that money grows on trees There are costs for the infrastructure beneath our feet that brings safe water to our taps Second Toronto Water has been incrementally increasing water rates by 9 per cent a year about 4 a month on the average water bill for the past couple of years to support water infrastructure investment This is a positive step and will offset risks to public health and the environment

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  • Time to plug biggest leak in city's budget bucket
    for the vast amounts of energy needed to distribute water While the TTC budget has been targeted for cost reductions there is an even better way to save money water Toronto Water s energy costs are the highest of all municipal services more than the Toronto Transit Commission and five times the energy consumed by all of the city s street lights and traffic signals While the city has taken positive steps toward improving its management of water infrastructure it currently lacks a long term vision and strategy to ensure the sustainable provision of clean water for the next 50 years Mayor Ford and council should adopt the following action plan First fix the leaks As much as 25 per cent of the water in the system is leaking and this costs the city an estimated 700 million annually which is the equivalent of 100 new streetcars Fixing the leaks should be covered by a city s water rates but in Toronto as with many Canadian cities water rates have been kept low leading to underinvestment in water infrastructure Just because water falls from the sky does not mean that money grows on trees There are costs for the infrastructure beneath our feet that brings safe water to our taps Second Toronto Water has been incrementally increasing water rates by 9 per cent a year about 4 a month on the average water bill for the past couple of years to support water infrastructure investment This is a positive step and will offset risks to public health and the environment At the same time the impact of the rate changes should be mitigated by instituting protections for low income households and charging premiums on water guzzlers Third the city should build on the existing Livegreen Toronto Strategy and ramp up

    Original URL path: http://blue-economy.ca/print/88 (2014-10-09)
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  • Blue Economy Initiative | HEALTHY WATERS, A PROSPEROUS FUTURE
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