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Water, water everywhere?

Pagua River in DominicaDominica is blessed with an abundance of lakes and rivers. All citizens have to fight for the protection of this precious resource. Of course, it is a balancing act dealing with growth and development, preservation, and climate change. However, when there is a call to action preservation and sustainability should always prevail.

DA waterfall_photo by Rosette RabessWorld Water Day was celebrated on March 22 in Japan. The theme for the annual event which was coordinated by UNIDO and the United Nations (UN) was Water and Energy.  World Water Day focuses on the importance of freshwater and sustainable management of the water resources. The message from the president of The General Assembly of the UN John W Ashe from Antigua and Barbuda pointed to the global demand for water which was expected to increase by 50% in the first half of this century. Mr. Ashe called for protection of the world’s water supply. According to Mr. Ashe “We only have the planet we live on, and if we are to leave it in a reasonable state for the next generation, the quest for a safer, cleaner, and more equitable world is one that should consume us all” (UN website, 2014)

According to the UN website 13 billion people are without electricity, 768 million with no access to water supplies and 2.5 billion with no improved sanitation.

Meanwhile, survey results from the World Economic Forum identified water crisis as the third highest global risk facing the world (Global Risk Perception Survey, 2013-2014). The study defined water crisis as “A significant decline in the quality and quantity of fresh water combines with increased competition among resource-intensive systems, such as food and energy production” (Global Risk Perception Survey, 2013-2014, p. 53).

The survey pointed to mismanagement and increased competition for scarce resources due to activities in the economy and population growth.

According to the Global Agenda Council on water security, water is important in the production of energy and pointed to the negative impacts of floods and drought on the water supplies. Additionally, not only is the amount of water an issue, the quality of the water could also be impacted by pollution.

References

Biography of John W. Ashe. Retrieved from http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/about/index.shtml

Global Agenda Council on water security Retrieved from http://www.weforum.org/content/global-agenda-council-water-security-2012-2014.

World Water Day. Retrieved from http://www.un.org/en/events/waterday/

World Economic Forum Global Risks 2014. Retrieved from http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_GlobalRisks_Report_2014.pdf