Third World Centre for Water Management

Communications & Media

Communications & Media

The Centre realises that policymakers seldom have time to read scientific papers and books. Thus, to inform and sensitise policy-makers and general public, the Centre regularly contributes opinion pieces in major national and international media. In addition, views of the Centre are regularly published by media in terms of interviews, expert opinions and policy briefs.

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China’s groundwater crisis: Will policy come to the rescue?

June 20, 2017

Brink Asia

Two of the world’s most densely populated regions, northern India and northern China, are experiencing high levels of groundwater depletion, according to a 2015 study sponsored by NASA. For these and many other highly stressed aquifers, natural replenishment through precipitation is unable to offset human-led extraction, threatening water quality and supply sustainability.

India’s wells are running dry, fast

June 16, 2017

The Conversation

Over the past three years, the monsoon – the rainy season that runs from June through September, depending on the region – has been weak or delayed across much of India, causing widespread water shortages.

Trump’s trade tactics will hurt American agriculture

June 8, 2017

The Business Times

THE election of Donald Trump as US president has changed the relations that have existed in recent decades between the United States and Mexico.

Without conservation there is no option

May 21, 2017

Dainik Jagran (in Hindi)

From prehistoric times, India’s model of water management has remained firmly fixed on increasing water supply. As the population has exploded, reaching 1.3 billion, the per capita availability of water has steadily fallen, leaving India with very little scope to expand its water supply in a cost-effective, timely and environmentally-safe manner.

Reshaping NAFTA could be good for Mexico’s economy (and Brazil’s and Argentina’s, too)

April 27, 2017

The Conversation

The United States will move swiftly to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), a 23-year-old tripartite deal that removed tariffs and significantly increased commerce between Canada, the United States and Mexico.

Why reshaping NAFTA could be good for Mexico

April 19, 2017

World Economic Forum

Among other threats targeting Mexico during his election campaign, US President Donald Trump harshly criticised the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), a 23-year-old tripartite deal that removed tariffs and significantly increased commerce between Canada, the United States and Mexico. Renegotiation of the deal is likely to start late this year.

Why water pricing and management in Singapore needs to be more ambitious

April 17, 2017

Brink Asia

Singapore last increased its water price in 2000, so almost a generation has grown up with no adjustment in water prices. In comparison, electricity rates are adjusted regularly, so when electricity rates are modified, it is not news. Reactions from the media and the public are very different regarding changing water prices.

Groundwater shortage calls for urgent action

April 13, 2017

China Daily

China's decision to relocate Beijing's non-capital functions to Xiongan New Area, which is home to Baiyangdian Lake, the largest freshwater body in North China, highlights the acute water shortage Beijing faces. This calls for special attention to the groundwater shortage.

China’s groundwater crisis: Challenges require immediate policy action

April 12, 2017

Policy Forum

Tackling China’s groundwater depletion and the growing crisis of water scarcity amidst rapid urbanisation will require political will and creative policy thinking, Asit K Biswas and Kris Hartley write.

Despite efforts, clean water is scarce in India’s industrial Gujarat state

April 5, 2017

The Conversation

April is gearing up be an historic month for India’s contaminated waterways. In late February, the country’s Supreme Court mandated that all polluting industries must ensure that waste water discharges meet quality standards by installing effective primary effluent treatment facilities by March 31 2017.

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