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In our blog you can read personal reflections on current developments in various water-related areas, as well as accounts from a range of different seminars, events and workshops.

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Behind the scenes and right in the middle – being a Junior Rapporteur at the World Water Week 2014

We are five. Five people to cover everything that is said and done with respect to global change at the World Water Week 2014. Now I should mention that the World Water Week is a fairly enormous conference. In 2014, […]

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Reflections from the World Water Week side event “Water legislation reforms: securing environmental concerns and renewable energy”

From the legislative side of things I’ve heard it being said several times lately – that when most of the actors you engage with are a bit unhappy, you’re probably doing a pretty good job! This statement was something to […]

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Malin Falkenmark’s ideas set the tone at 2014 World Water Week

On Sunday 31 August, the very first day of 2014 World Water Week in Stockholm, leading scientists gathered for the seminar “Managing Centres of Booming Water Expectations in Basins and Regions of Change”. The seminar of SIWI, SEI and Stockholm […]

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Reflections from the World Water Week seminar “Energy and water – a producer’s perspective”

During the 2014 World Water Week in Stockholm, the “energy and water” theme was addressed with an overall “systems view”, how we develop and manage energy and water resources for the good of society and ecosystems – at local, national, […]

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Several large gaps in Swedish flood management

Recent flood events in Sweden have once again put Swedish flood management in the spotlight, and revealed many gaps.  I have described these shortcomings in an article published in Government Gazette, and they have been thoroughly discussed in the Swedish […]

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Tap water turning into a pharmaceutical cocktail?

Yes, there are residues of pharmaceuticals in the water all around the globe. In 71 countries and in all continents. And in those countries that are not in this list, you would most certainly find something if one would start […]

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Slow, slow, quick, quick, slow – the Climate debate Foxtrot

An image of a sculpture by a Spanish street artist Isaac Cordal spread across social media last week.  The sculpture was interpreted by many as ”Politicians discussing global warming”  and is an illustrative picture of the slow progress on the […]

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Q&A: Åse Johannesson on Sweden’s potential to transform disaster risk reduction

A new policy report from Swedish Water House calls for an emphasis on integrating resilience-building into development, and expanding Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) efforts beyond humanitarian aid. The report “Water and Risk: Developing Sustainable and Resilient Communities” was produced by […]

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Transboundary water co-operation in the Middle East

Last Monday I had the opportunity to travel in Israel and the West Bank together with the organisation Friends of the Earth Middle East and New York Times Journalist Thomas Friedman. We visited Hebron industrial area as well as witnessed […]

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Integrated flood risk management in Sweden

Even though Sweden does not have any catastrophic flood risk such as countries like Bangladesh, or the Netherlands, there are anyhow socioeconomic risks associated with not investing enough in flood risk reduction. Integrated flood risk management takes advantage of the […]

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