Rural communities are essential for our society, environment, and economic growth. They grow our food, support our natural resources, and nurture and maintain our cultural diversity. Their wellbeing depends on access to clean, affordable and sustained water and sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services. Yet, we are far from reaching universal water and sanitation. In rural areas, … [Read more...] about A Call to Action for Better Rural Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Services
Earth has enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed (Mahatma Gandhi) Pachamama is a goddess revered by the indigenous people of the Andes. She is also known as the earth/time mother. Mother earth. The Incas also recognized the Pachamama, as fertility goddess who presided over planting and harvesting, embodied the mountains, and caused earthquakes. She was … [Read more...] about What have we done with Earth?
*By Manzoor Qadir, Assistant Director at the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH), Canada. Policies and investments that move from mitigation to prevention make wastewater profitable and safe for public health The use of untreated wastewater in low-income countries faces a ‘Catch 22’ situation: it provides critical benefits to … [Read more...] about TOWARD A WORLD FREE OF UNTREATED WASTEWATER: BREAKING THE CATCH-22 SITUATION FACED BY DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
Eating Water part 2 | Comiendo agua parte 2 Follow @MarcelloBasani En español aquí In my teens, uncle Isaac opened my eyes to science fiction and virtual worlds, where the sun was red and the elements were robotic. As a consequence, when I first read about “virtual water”, I was naturally expecting a cloned cyborg-like flowing 3-D liquid. And indeed, there are people … [Read more...] about UNCLE ISAAC AND WATER CYBORGS
Op-Ed article by Crystal Fenwick and Fernando Miralles* With immense swathes of tropical and sub-tropical zones and a seemingly bountiful supply of freshwater, Latin America and the Caribbean is rarely associated with water scarcity. Indeed, according to the UN, Latin America and the Caribbean is home to one-tenth of world’s population while generating one-third of its water … [Read more...] about How Latin America and the Caribbean can help avert a water crisis