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Masters and short term learning programmes in environmental water requirements

A masters learning programme in environmental water requirements was launched in South Africa by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) in collaboration with the Water Research Commission (WRC), United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) after assessing the educational and training needs in integrated water resources management in South Africa at national, provincial and community levels.

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Benchmarking, perception study and wastewater technology guide

A recently completed study by South African Local Government Association (SALGA) and the Water Research Commission (WRC) found that 88% of urban South Africans perceived their tap water to be safe to drink. This is 7% higher than a similar study undertaken in 2011, showing increased confidence. The finding concurs with international studies, which found that most people in countries with a reliable potable water supply, perceive tap water as having a low risk.

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The total amount of groundwater on the planet

Water held in rock and soil below our feet, is estimated to be 23 million cubic km. The calculation comes from a Canadian-led team and is published in the journal Nature Geoscience. Significantly, little of this water - just 6% - is the kind of bankable resource that is most useful to people. Significantly, little of this water - just 6% - is the kind of bankable resource that is most useful to people. That small fraction is referred to as "modern" groundwater.

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The Integrated Projects in Germany and the UK

New LIFE funding will help bring over € 1 billion of support to environmental plans across the EU. The European Commission announced an investment of € 63.8 million for the first-ever"Integrated Projects" to be funded under the LIFE programme for the environment. "Integrated Projects" were introduced to implement environmental legislation on a wider scale and increase the impact of funding for plans developed on the regional, multi-regional or national level.

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Launch of the drought portal web portal of the Water Research Commission

The Water Research Commission (WRC) of South Africa has launched a unique online drought portal that will provide visitors with useful information on the current drought and links to various other drought-related websites. The 'Drought SA' portal will be an ongoing project and will be continuously populated with fresh research and knowledge that will empower visitors.

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World Toilet Day

Toilet Day on 19 November gets promoted every year via social media campaigns, online petitions, and by getting involved in a range of events held in different countries worldwide. More people in the world have a mobile phone than a toilet and of the seven billion people in the world six billion have mobile phones. The contrast to this is that only 4.5 billion people have access to toilets or latrines – implying that 2.5 billion people, mostly in rural areas, do not have proper sanitation.

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Water JPI key achievements 2011-2016

This publication presents the ten main goals achieved by the initiative till now.

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The WATER JPI is a relevant structure for Horizon 2020

Both the Water JPI and Horizon 2020 use public funds to achieve their goals, and enjoy a significant area of synergy in their respective research priorities. The JPI provides a channel for dialogue with the EC on future Horizon 2020 calls. Since its launch, the EC has been very supportive of the Water JPI and a non-voting member of its Governing Board.
Task Force on Interactions with Horizon 2020

 
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