Peaceful water cooperation requires new thinking

The challenges surrounding regional cooperation over shared natural resources have never quite been as pronounced as they are today. Climate-related crises and disasters occur more frequently and the impact of globalization means that nations, markets and sectors must adapt to rapid change. Populations are mostly…

Celebrating World Water Day

The United Nations held their World Water Day annual celebrations today in Tokyo, Japan. Traditionally occurring every year on 22 March, the day is designed to focus global attention on the importance of water and to advocate for sustainable management of our water resources. As…

SIWI debates climate change and groundwater at SOAS

Risks from ‘groundwater flooding’ became visible to large parts of the general public in the United Kingdom after record-breaking storms in February this year. The ensuing debate was marked by reluctance among some to attribute the persistent rain and strong winds to human induced global…

Welcome to the SIWI blog

It was the Scottish philosopher, Adam Smith, who famously stated during the Enlightenment that, contrary to current economic philosophies of the time, ‘’Nothing is more useful than water’. This sentiment carries a message which we at SIWI champion and drive forward today. As a knowledge…

Alarming risks for food shortages in Cambodia and the Mekong region

2-3 December, 70 researchers, government officials and civil society representatives gathered to discuss the future of food security in the Mekong region. The workshop was organised by Shared Waters Partnership to address the changes in the water management regime of the Mekong River. Cambodia and…

UNFCCC Workshop highlights links to sea grass and permafrost in balancing climate instability

I visited Bonn last week for a workshop hosted by The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The event was dedicated to exploring the “technical and scientific aspects of ecosystems of high- carbon reservoirs not covered by other agenda items under the Convention”.