TheWaterChannel PodcastMay 03, 2023
Water Harvesting for Community Resilience in Africa
For thousand years, people have been benefiting from collecting, storing and making productive use of the rain, or water flows for their crops, animals, or for drinking. This smart idea still has all its beauty in today’s context. We talked to Dr. Yasir Mohamed (Sudan) and Prof. Pieter van der Zaag (IHE Delft, Netherlands) about how water harvesting helps building community resilience in Africa.
Turning Saltwater to Fresh - Story from Jordan
Jordan is also in the water world – it constantly ranks top 5 in the list of the most water-scarce nations of the world. Here, every single drop of water counts – in the most literal sense. We talk to researchers and a policy maker from Jordan, to have a peek into Jordan’s water challenges, and learn what it takes to fight water scarcity. Special thanks to the Water and Development Partnership Programme DUPC2, Dr. Muna Gharaibeh (Jordan Water Authority); Prof. Tariq Al-Najjar and Prof. Mohammad Wahsha (University of Jordan) and Prof. Maria Kennedy (IHE Delft) for the great support to this episode.
Understanding Pakistan Floods
More than a third of Pakistan is under water since mid-June. The floods have left 1500 dead; more than 13,000 injured; 7.6 million displaced. Is this a freak hydrological event, or are we going to see more mega-floods in the future? To what extent are the floods an inevitable effect of climate change, and how much of the death and destruction was down to bad planning, preparedness, and water management? We discuss with Ilyas Masih and Micha Werner (IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, Netherlands) and Khurram Mubeen (MNS University- Multan, Pakistan).
Water, Peace, and Security
We discuss with IHE Delft's Susanne Schmeier the interlinkages between Water and Peace, and whether conflict can be forecast using data and machine learning
Securing water for global south cities
Janez Susnik (IHE Delft) discusses ways to increase the self-reliance and sustainability of cities in the global South with regard to water supply by relieving pressure on traditional sources through the implementation of alternative water systems (for example rainwater harvesting, wastewater reuse, desalination)
Nile Diplomacy and the Nation-trap
The iconic Nile river flows through several countries who often stake competing claims to its waters. IHE-Delft's Emanuele Fantini discusses a project shows that the key to resolving disputes may lie in bringing together scientists, journalists, & artists in a way that dilutes the imperative to look at the the Nile from the perspective of nation-states
What went wrong with organic agriculture in Sri Lanka?
Science, Policy, and Water in The Netherlands
Science, Policy & Groundwater in Colombia
Managing Water with Data: Satellites, Remote Sensing, and the value chain of Open Data
What goes on behind this technology? To what extent does all this technology, all this data reach people doing water management on the ground? And how should we treat the vast amounts of data being generated about natural resources that impact us all— who owns it? Who should have access to it? What way of managing it would stimulate most innovation?
Groundwater: Invisible yet Indispensable
Netherlands: Delta Leader to Delta Friend?
Deltas are fragile ecosystems; managing them demands much diligence and expertise. Over centuries, The Netherlands has built a reputation of being a key repository of such expertise. It has gone out into the world and offered this expertise to other delta countries; this has been a cornerstone of its diplomacy, trade, and aid.
In this episode, Delta management expert Shanoor Hasan discusses what constitutes 'Brand Netherlands' when it comes to Delta management, and makes a case as to how/why it needs to change.
Agriculture's Rodent Problem
Pastoralism in Somaliland
Small islands in big oceans
Just how exposed are these island nations to climate change effects? What makes them extra vulnerable? How are they dealing with this threat? We speak to IHE Delft's Erik de Ruiter van Steveninck.
(If you are from a Small Island Developing State--SIDS--here is a fellowship opportunity for you to study water management at IHE Delft: www.un-ihe.org/sids-fellowships-1 )
How organic is agriculture in India?
- ICAR base paper on organic farming: www.icar.org.in/files/Base-Paper-Organic-Farming-%20Base-16-03-2015.pdf
- CSE report on state of organic farming in India: www.cseindia.org/state-of-organic-and-natural-farming-in-india-10346
Life at the climate forefront: The Sundarbans through photos
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Toilets in Refugee Camps: Tineke Hooijmans, IHE Delft
Tineke Hooijmans, Assistant Professor in Sanitary Engineering (IHE Delft, The Netherlands)explains the difficulties of this task, and the state of sanitation in refugee camps across the world.
Rivers Remember: How the 2015 floods changed Chennai
In this podcast, author Krupa GE recounts the story of chronicling all that in her acclaimed book 'Rivers Remember.' krupage.com/