By Andreas Ulrich, Researcher: Waste/Sanitation Management, IWMI
Sewerage management is more than just ‘flushing it away’ – waste must be contained, treated and disposed of safely. In many countries ageing infrastructure and growing urban populations are creating mounting pressure on systems that in many cases were designed in the early twentieth century. But, in Sri Lanka a joint initiative between ...more
Blog The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) has been awarded the 2020 GEO Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Award in the Special Category of Innovation linked to SDG Target 13.1. This is in recognition of the Index-Based Flood Insurance (IBFI) product developed by IWMI scientist Dr Giriraj Amarnath, Research Group Leader – Water Risks to Development and Resilience (WRDR). He accepted ...more
(Colombo, October 10, 2020) The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) have awarded five organisations with funds to develop innovations for solar irrigation.
Vegetable farmer who uses solar pumps for irrigation in Sayapatri Tol, Budiganga Rural Municipality 7, Morang District of Nepal. Photo: Nabin Baral / IWMI
The grantees will benefit from ...more
IWMI provides data that will inform response and relief efforts to Super Cyclone Amphan
(Colombo, 27, May 2020) Observing super cyclone Amphan evolving in the Bay of Bengal and moving towards crowded coastal areas of West Bengal, India, and Bangladesh, scientists from the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) provided satellite-based maps helping authorities locate and evacuate vulnerable people and identify damaged ...more
A map showing the state of maturity of crops around the world, created by scientists at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and CGIAR Research Program of Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) provides an example.
It shows that extensive areas within the path of the forecast storms in India and Bangladesh are planted with crops. Dark green areas in the map ...more
With Earth Day marked on April 22, we look to nature’s solutions to climate change and other challenges. Wetland preservation is vital for our environmental, food and societal futures.
Take a tuk-tuk ride in Colombo, the capital city of Sri Lanka and the chances are with every odd turn you’ll manoeuver past a lake. Water bodies including marshes, mangroves and paddy ...more
Manohara Khadka, Deepa Joshi and Alan Nicol
Ganesh Kumari Karki (60) drinks water from a public tap at Dhap village. Photo: Tom van Cakenberghe / IWMI
Covid-19 is a wake-up call for Nepal to urgently prioritize strategic investments in inclusive water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programs. Win-win investments would help tackle poverty, address well-being and prepare for potential health crises in ...more
Deepa Joshi, Gender, Youth and Inclusion Lead Specialist, IWMI
Alan Nicol, Strategic Program Director - Water, Growth and Inclusion, IWMI
Photo: Neil Palmer / IWMI
Since the COVID-19 crisis escalated, we have been reminded daily that one of the most important precautionary measures we can take to avoid infection – and spreading the virus – is washing our hands.
I am sure most ...more
Despite progress, old mindsets continue to challenge gender and social inclusion in community water management
By Prachi Patel
Princeton in Asia Fellow, International Water Management Institute
Photo: Tom van Cakenberghe / IWMI
Researchers from the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) have been studying the link between gender and political restructuring, and how this influences water supply in two districts of Nepal. It was ...more
Groundwater research and practice
Soumya Balasubramanya and David Stifel
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) affects approximately 10% of the global population, and leads to 5-10 million deaths annually. Growing in importance is a distinctive form with unknown/uncertain etiology (CKDu), the cause of which remains unknown and is not linked to factors normally associated with CKD. Symptoms of CKDu manifest late, and are similar ...more