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World water forum. Send us your water solutions!

The international committee of the World water forum has launched an international call for realistic proposals to meet the major challenges facing water worldwide. The solutions will be presented to the forum in order to obtain commitments from the international community. To that end, the committee has set up an international platform, open to all, to receive the ideas.

What is a solution for water?
"Solutions, whether existing or new, may be of many types, including legal (laws, decrees, treaties, etc.), technical (devices, technologies, processes, software, etc.), institutional (governance, programmes, policies, etc.), financial (subsidies, transfers, pricing, etc.) and communication related (advocacy campaigns, videos, leaflets, etc.). Above all, the solution must contribute to tackling a key water-related issue and help in reaching one or more of the targets set by the World water forum in one or more regions of the world. Different criteria will be used to define promising solutions, namely a strategic fit with a forum target, feasibility, efficiency, demonstrated impact, replicability, willingness to commit and sustainability."

You may propose your solutions to the International platform of solutions at: www.solutionsforwater.org

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"A new look at water". Elected officials take action for wetlands

The third part of the "A new look at water" campaign, organised by the Water agencies and Onema, is now underway. Twelve elected officials discuss their efforts to protect and maintain wetlands. From the reed ponds in Picardie to the peat bogs in the Monts du Forez region and the Combrin marshes, numerous initiatives have been taken across the country and contribute to better knowledge on how these remarkable environments operate.

For more information, see www.lesagencedeleau.fr

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Study on fish mortality in the Loue river

According to the initial observations made by the group of experts set up to examine the Loue river (Doubs department), the death of large numbers of fish is probably due to numerous stress factors, including modifications to the hydrology, increases in temperature, habitat degradation, pollutants, favourable environmental conditions for certain pathogens and probably other factors not yet identified. The group is analysing the available data and documents on changes in local river basins, the biological operation of rivers, the deaths of the fish and the fluorescence of benthic cyanobacteria. Comparative analysis will be run on "control" rivers having comparable environmental conditions, but where deaths of fish have not occurred and there has been no massive development of cyanobacteria, in order to produce a more precise diagnosis. Initial results explaining the death of the fish and the proliferation of the cyanobacteria should be available in the beginning of 2012.

Contact: romuald.berrebi@onema.fr

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New Mediterranean regional head

Pascal Vardon was appointed as the new head of the Onema Mediterranean region on 1 September, replacing Jean-Marie Jantzen, who retired. Pascal Vardon had been the deputy director of the Territorial and maritime agency for the Bouches-du-Rhône department since 2010. As chief engineer of the Bridges, water and forest service, he served as head of the Water, environmental and forestry section and deputy director of the Agriculture and forestry agency for the Pyrénées-Orientales department and director of the Agriculture and forestry agency for the Bouches-du-Rhône department.

Contact: pascal.vardon@onema.fr

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