Make every drop count!
can no longer neglect, pollute, waste, and trivialize Water - It is
Our Life Support System
Rivers, "the veins that carry the life-blood of our planet."
World Water Forum
being should have access to safe water for drinking, appropriate sanitation, and
enough food and energy at reasonable cost. Providing adequate water to
meet these basic needs must be done in a manner that works in harmony with
DAY - March 22, 2006
World Water Day (WWD) 2006 will be guided by the theme 'Water and
Culture' under the leadership of UNESCO.
(UNESCO United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization)
World Water Forum
"Water, a shared responsibility" (U.N. presented at the 4th World
BEYOND THE RIVER:
Sharing Benefits and Responsibilities
2006 World Water Week in Stockholm
Water Security for the 21st Century - Building Bridges Through Dialogue
The official language for World Water Week is English.
radical changes in thinking -
"the world is building up an enormous environmental debt.
ever-greater strain on natural ecosystems."
Decision-makers in political and business communities
must place water
central in their thinking.
A land use decision is also a water
Are you upstream or downstream?
If you're upstream, consideration
must be given to those downstream.
WETLANDS AND WATER
The International Union for
Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN)
Also known as the World Conservation Union.
The Union brings together scientists, policy makers, business leaders,
and NGOs to impact the way the world values and uses nature - and works
to apply sound ecosystem management to conserve biodiversity while
building sustainable livelihoods for those directly dependent on natural
"15,589 species of
animals and plants are threatened with extinction
and many ecosystems – wetlands, forests – are being degraded and
During the 2nd World Water Forum and Ministerial
Conference held in The Hague, Queen Noor of Jordan spoke on the worldwide water crisis,
"Nearly a quarter of the world's six billion people have no access to
safe drinking water, while almost half lack adequate sanitation, with
water-related diseases killing up to four million people a year."
We must change the way we manage our limited water resources and look
for "equitable resolution of resource disputes". "Social
well-being, economic stability and the natural environment are
interdependent, and degradation of any one endangers all three."
WATER AND NATURE INITIATIVE
The Water and Nature Initiative
involves 80 partner organizations in an action plan to improve water
management throughout the world. Special projects are being
developed as demonstration sites to apply conservation, ecosystem and
resource management. Read about the goals, approach, components,
projects, and partners of the initiative.
THE GREAT LAKES
- THE LARGEST FRESH SURFACE WATER SYSTEM
ON EARTH is composed of the five Great Lakes (Superior, Huron, Michigan,
Erie, and Ontario) and their connecting channels. Learn all about
this important bi-national ecosystem located in North America, and the
necessity to protect it.
WATER FACTS - Wisconsin's Water Library
(University of Wisconsin)
Find out how much (how little) of the world's water is fresh water, and
other interesting facts about water.
"A stream corridor, or stream valley, is a complex and
valuable ecosystem which includes the land, plants, animals, and network of streams within it."
Restoring stream corridors must involve the participation of government agencies, public and private landowners, permit holders, and local volunteer, civic, and conservation groups and individuals.
This website contains information on the principles, processes and
practices of restoring the living environment of stream corridors to ecologically viable conditions.
Information is provided by 15 federal agencies.
Includes case studies, slide show, images and links.
DEBATE ON EXPORTING CANADIAN FRESH WATER SUPPLIES
Post Online (Canadian
TO FRESHWATER MANAGEMENT
Nations Sustainable Development
CRISIS IN CHINA
River's Desperate Plight
March of the Desert Series (10/10/99)
population, industry expansion, poor planning, low water prices, and
reckless economic development cited as leading causes of severe water
losses in the rivers, lakes and wetlands in China. As water
levels drop, pollution levels rise.
A DYING RIVER
Drought, excessive water use, pollution, and global warming are causing
severe water shortages in China. Thousands of lakes are drying up
which supplied the once great and powerful Yellow River waterway.
Drinking water sources are dwindling and grasslands that feed animals
news from China 10/7/01)
Making Every Drop Count, Growing More Food with
Less Water, How We Can Do It
"all people, whatever their stage of development and their social and economic conditions, have the right to have access to an adequate supply of safe drinking water"
Arsenic in drinking-water, Guidelines for Drinking-Water Quality,
Training Pack, Water Resources Management
Health Organization (WHO)
WORLD'S WATER - Freshwater information, data
and web resource links
of Populations Without Access to Safe Drinking Water
of Populations Without Access to Sanitation Services
INTERNATIONAL LIST OF WATER RESOURCE LINKS
WATER MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE
"The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is a scientific research organization dedicated to studying the issues of sustainable and productive use of water resources, particularly as they relate to agriculture, water scarcity and food security in the developing world."
Maps and graphs of current water resources conditions in U.S.
INTERNATIONAL WATER ASSESSMENT (GIWA)
A new project has begun to assess the world's water resources. Sixty-six
subregions within nine international megaregions (comprising marine, coastal, freshwater, surface waters,
and groundwaters) will be assessed as to ecological status and causes of
environmental problems. This project will provide sound scientific
information on the shared water resources of the world to analyze current
problems and develop a plan for the future. Links are provided for basic
information on each region and other water-related issues. Much more
information will be continually posted as project develops.
CRISIS IN EUROPE
WILDLIFE FUND'S WATER AND WETLAND INDEX
Ellinika, English, Español, Français
World Wildlife Fund reports 50 out of 69 river stretches in 16 European
countries are in poor health from habitat destruction, pollution, dams,
canals, run-off, waste dumping, development, inadequate monitoring,
riverbank modifications, farming practices, increased demand, poor
management, drainage, peat cutting, and lack of funds to restore
rivers are up the creek - WWF
Also see Related Stories on potential water wars, poison spills.
polluted rivers named (BBC News 4/20/01) See
related stories and internet links.
MOST OF EARTH'S
RIVERS STRESSED, REPORT WARNS
and state boundaries have been lacking. This needs to be addressed
and changed if we are going to be able to ensure there is enough water for the world’s growing population in the next
century and to protect the environment.
Click on the map to bring up information on stressed water supplies in
Who's minding the
store - The developers?
As freshwater resources rapidly decline and deltas and wetlands dry up,
increasing growth in arid desert zones suck underground water reserves
dry and drain distant rivers. In some areas unique desert habitat
is being replaced with man-made ski lakes, lavish lagoons, outdoor
air-conditioning, thirsty golf courses, and homes with swimming pools
everywhere you turn (which evaporate in the heat). As water tables
fall, surface lands are sinking. As underground aquifers are
overtapped, agriculture suffers. As river waters are diverted, sea
water encroaches further and further upriver.
"When it comes to planning, we’re still looking at the end of our noses."
woes reflected in U.S. desert
View the slide
show and click on the interactive graphic presentations:
The Water Cycle - Earth's Fragile Water Supply
New River: Human Sewer - Millions of birds and fish have died from
an 80 mile stretch of river filled with raw sewage, pesticides and
fertilizers, which runs north from Mexico to the Salton Sea.
Artificial wetlands are being constructed to help absorb some of these
Rivers that once flowed freely and
abundantly are dwindling and drying up worldwide. Rivers and
groundwater that were once pure have become polluted and life
resources are vital to life.
CONSERVE AND PROTECT WATER RESOURCES !