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Video clips from the World Water Day 2010 website

South Asia: Crowded Land, Drying Rivers
Rising temperatures are fast melting glaciers in the Himalayas, the origin of major rivers flowing across the Indian subcontinent. Reduced river flow can upset water balance for millions. Meanwhile, rapidly swelling glacial lakes can trigger flash floods.

Freshwater under Threat South East Asia - Mekong Watch that River
South East Asia's largest river, the Mekong, has withstood decades of pressure from rising human numbers, growing industrial activity and more demands for water and food. Now, scientists working for UNEP have found how climate change could upset this balance in the coming years and decades.
At risk: water, food & jobs for 65 million people living in Mekong River Basin. To minimize impact, Mekong countries need to better plan and coordinate how they share the river's resources and their impact on its flow.

Yellow River Blues
The sixth longest in the world, the Yellow River and its basin have been associated with China’s prosperity for thousands of years. In recent decades, rapid economic development has increased the river's pollution and sediment levels, posing major challenges in managing its water for agriculture, industry, power generation and domestic uses. A new study cautions that climate change can reduce the volume of water, adding pressure on all sectors to share water more efficiently and carefully.

Power to the people – Peru
Practical Action is working in Peru's eastern Andes where 68 per cent of the population - around 5 million people - do not have access to electricity. The project makes use of the region's vast potential for hydroelectricity: to date, 47 micro-hydro schemes have been installed in the area through Practical Action, bringing clean power to about 30,000 people. Through this project, Practical Action is also boosting local industry, as most of the turbines are manufactured by small companies in Peru to Practical Action designs with each company making three or four turbines a year.

"Petit Loango Wetland - oil and gorillas?"
The race for oil and some other mining products all over the world maybe considered a threat to the African environment.

Gathering Storm - The humanitarian impact of climate change :
Harvesting Rain (KENYA) - In the arid farmlands of eastern Kenya, a German NGO has been helping communities to harvest rain. Using the occasional rock features that interrupt the otherwise flat landscape, they are building simple reservoirs to catch rainwater as it runs down the rock face.

Escaping Floods - (MOZAMBIQUE) - All along the banks of the Zambezi, vulnerable populations are being moved to resettlement sites, where they are safe from the floods but no longer have access to their farms and livelihoods. Rebuilding them is proving difficult.

Flooding Rivers (MOZAMBIQUE) - For tens of thousands of Mozambicans, the water threat is coming from the rivers. Both the Limpopo and Zambezi rivers have flooded with growing frequency in recent years resulting in loss of life and livelihood.

Drip Irrigation- Senegal
Drip irrigation has become popular in Senegal, where an Israeli NGO is teaching farmers the simple technique that gives them control over their crops and does not leave them entirely at the mercy of the climate.

Eco-tips for Jeans  (PSA)
Wear them at least 3 times - wash them in cold water - forget your dryer - no iron it's much better.

Naivasha : Story of an African Rift Valley lake
This short film explores the environmental pressures threatening Lake Naivasha, a fresh water lake in Kenya’s Rift Valley.  It looks at the importance of the lake for the Kenyan economy and for the communities around it.

Mekong: Watch that River
South East Asia’s largest river, the Mekong, has withstood decades of pressure from rising human numbers, growing industrial activity and more demands for water and food. Scientists working for UNEP have found how climate change could upset this balance in the coming years and decades.

Nor any Drop to Drink
Looking at how countries in the Middle East are beginning to confront the stark reality of too many people and too little water.Innovative ideas at local level often provide solutions for local water shortages.

SUMAWA - Research for Life
Achieving Sustainable Watersheds: Research4Life’s OARE platform helps researchers in Kenya address local environmental challenges. OARE is an international public-private consortium coordinated by UNEP, Yale University, and leading science and technology publishers.

 Boat School (BANGLADESH) - This short film highlights the innovative introduction of floating schools to flood prone Bangladesh.

Cambodia's lake (CAMBODIA) - Tonle Sap lake in central Cambodia used to be a fisherman’s heaven, but growing population pressures, the advent of commercial fishing, and the onset of climate change have left the fishermen who live in beautiful floating villages on the lake shore in dire straits.

Floating Gardens (BANGLADESH) - Bangladesh faces severe problems as a consequence of storms, cyclones and floods. The ancient practice of floating gardens - beds of straw and water hyacinths on which crops are grown - is making a comeback in the face of increased floods.