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High and Low

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Lower Mekong from the air

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Life on the Lake

The floating villages of Tonle Sap Lake in Central Cambodia are home to some of the poorest communities of the country. The fishermen and women have lived their lives on the surface of the lake for generations. Climate change, development and over fishing are endangering their lifestyle. But they have nowhere else to go with no other skills than fishing and no land to farm.

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Lake Victoria, fish till you drop

Lake Victoria is abundant with fish. But the invasive Nile Perch, which is good for trade is a danger to the native species in the lake. For most fishermen, life is still very hard and their productions is just enough for subsistence.

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South Sudan, a new future based on age old traditions

South Sudan is the youngest country in the world. After a 30 year old civil war the country finally managed to secede from Sudan. Through internal strife and difficulties the country works hard to develop into a full fletched state.

 

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Robert Redford and Will Ferrell Ludicrously Debate How to Help the Colorado River Delta Fun way to tackle a dry subject

Robert Redford and Will Ferrell use some new tactics to get attention to the dried up Colorado delta.

the goal of the video is to attract attention to http://raisetheriver.org/ Redfords organization to bring the Colorado delta back to life. On their website they write:

If we can add a relatively small amount of water to the Colorado — less than 1% of its annual flow — we’ll be on our way to restoring 2,300 acres of forest and marsh along a 70-mile stretch of river, generating rural economic activities and job opportunities for local people, including river restoration, tourism, recreational hunting, and sport and commercial fisheries.

Help us breathe life back into the Delta and let’s watch it grow.

Our goal is to raise $10 million by 2017.

The money will be used to conduct essential restoration work, such as putting native trees in the ground, and for the purchase of permanent water rights dedicated to the Delta.

In meeting our goal, we will rebuild the habitats that support local communities and wildlife.

The Delta is the most broken reach of the Colorado. If we can fix the Delta, we can demonstrate that no place is beyond hope.

Join us in rewriting history. Let’s raise the river.

Here on Disputed Waters you can read Olivier’s article ‘Those who lived on the river‘ for a personal insight into (former) life in the delta.

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It’s only getting worse

It’s been a few years since we covered the Colorado River, but our message has lost none of it’s urgency as this video illustrates. Lake mead is again at an all time low and the meagre snow pack in the Rocky mountains doesn’t promise any good for the coming summer. Unless the American west will get an extremely wet spring, the water levels in the reservoirs in the Colorado River will only go down more this year.

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Opening Photo Exhibition

 

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Hi All

 

It’s going to be a good weekend for photo and water enthusiasts in France.
Tonight Disputed Waters will have the opening of a big photo exhibition about the Nile River in an old abbey near Le Mans, two hours from Paris.
On Sunday British colleague photographer and river enthusiast Paul Stewart opens an exhibition with his panorama images of the Mekong River in Le Pouliguen on the French Atlantic coast.

LE NIL CONVOITÉ (The desired Nile)
Regards sur un fleuve entre développement et conflits
(View of a river stuck between development and conflict)

A photo exhibition of Célia Pernot and Ronald de Hommel

Abbaye de l’Épau, July 13 – September 16, 2012
Open every day: 9h-12h and 14h-18h

You are invited to the opening today 18.00h
More info on: www.sarthe.com
Address: Route de Changé 72530 Yvré l’Evêque
Tel: 02 43 84 22 29

You can see some of the work already on our site of course:
http://www.disputedwaters.com/river-nile/

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‘Site Ramsar 999 – Zone Humide du Cambodge’
Photos by Paul Stewart
Gallerie Hasy,
21 Grande Rue,
44510, Le Pouliguen.
France.
The show will run from July 15 until August 31, 2012.
Kick off is at 18.30 hrs on July 15.
An example:

http://mouthtosource.net/portfolio/gallery/ramsar-site-999-the-flooded-forests-of-northern-cambodia/

Keep visiting us at www.disputedwaters.com we will have more news in the next months.

With best regards,

Ronald de Hommel, Célia Pernot and the Disputed Waters team

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Water diversion, Dead Sea

Left: November 9, 1984. Right: November 28, 2011. The Dead Sea lies in the Jordan Rift Valley, bordering Jordan, Israel and the West Bank. It is one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water, too salty to harbor any life other than bacteria. Minerals from the sea, however, are extracted for various industrial purposes. Mineral evaporation ponds have replaced open water in the southern part of the sea, as can be seen in the 2011 image. In recent decades, the Dead Sea has shrunk as water has been diverted from the Jordan River, the sea’s main tributary. A plan has been announced to replenish the Dead Sea by building a canal from the Red Sea, providing fresh (desalinated) water to Jordan en route.

1984 image taken by the Thematic Mapper sensor onboard Landsat 5. 2011 image taken by the Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus sensor onboard Landsat 7. Source: USGS Landsat Missions Gallery, “The Dead Sea,” U.S. Department of the Interior / U.S. Geological Survey.

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Publications in La Croix Newspaper in France

The World Water forum started this Monday in Marseille; the famous Mediterranean harbor town in southern France. The French media are covering the big international conference extensively.

The Daily ‘La Croix’ Used 4 of our images in a ‘water special’ on Saturday and the daily paper on Monday. Including the first page on Saturday.

They used one image of Ronald of the Mekong, two of his pictures of the Nile and one image of Célia of the Dead Sea / Jordan River.

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The Mekong, between Tradition and Modernity (NL Version)

De eerste interactieve Disputed Waters webdocumentaire gemaakt met de nieuwe Klynt software.
Volg Disputed Waters op een reis langs de Mekong en luister naar de verhalen van de bewoners lie leven met de veranderingen in het water in de afgelopen 10 jaar. De webdocumentaire is nog in beta versie, dus als het laden wat stroef gaat, nog even geduld aub.

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Special mention for Disputed Waters at Canon Prize for innovative journalism

Disputed Waters got a special recommendation from the Jury of The Canon Prize for innovative Journalism, (part of ‘the Silver Camera’ contest, the Dutch equivalent of World Press Photo).

Literally:

…naar het idee van de jury wel voorbeelden van projecten die laten zien wat er mogelijk is als  fotografie, bewegend beeld en geschreven woorden een pact vormen.

De jury hecht aan een speciale vermelding voor DISPUTED WATERS van Ronald de Hommel, Johannes Abeling en Célia Pernot…

In English:

…According to the jury an example of what is possible when photography, moving images and words form a pact together. The jury emphasizes a special mention to DISPUTED WATERS of Ronald de Hommel, Johannes Abeling and Célia Pernot…

Check it for yourself at: http://projectnet.flink.nl/zc-download/persmap/Juryrapport_Canon_Prijs_2011.pdf or: http://www.zilverencamera.nl/dynamics/modules/SPUB0102/view.php?pub_Id=187&att_Id=1031 (both in Dutch).

Last year Ronald and Johannes won a prize in the Zilveren Camera Photo Contest with a series of Colorado Aerial photos.

Only the names of the photographers are mentioned because it’s a photographer’s prize. But the honor goes to all the makers of Disputed Waters!

Thanks!

Ronald


      
    
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The Rockies

The lush green slopes of the Rocky Mountains are the source of almost all the water that keeps the American Southwest alive. The winter snowpack slowly melts over the year, guaranteeing a steady supply of water for its many rivers of which the Colorado is the most important. If temperatures rise through climate change, there may not be any snow in a few decades. The winter precipitation will immediately run off, leaving the summers dry and hot without enough water. Photos: Ronald de Hommel

The Mekong River is the second most biodiverse river in the world and one of the few major rivers that have been spared the development that has transformed waterways in most other parts of the world. But governments in the six Mekong countries, China, Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam have realized the economic potential of the river. Most dramatic development is the planned construction of almost 30 dams (of which 4 have been built so far) in the main stream of the Mekong River. These dams will severely restrict the migration of fish and will reduce the seasonal fluctuations destroying the fish nursery grounds around Tonle Sap Lake.

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