Joerg Barandat – WATERINTAKE 3/2015



März / April


12 to 17 April 2015

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Message for World Water Day 2015

“… To address the many challenges related to water, we must work in a spirit of urgent cooperation, open to new ideas and innovation, and prepared to share the solutions that we all need for a sustainable future. If we do so, we can end poverty, promote global prosperity and well-being, protect the environment and withstand the threat of climate change …”

Papst Franziskus, nach dem Angelus am V. Sonntag der Fastenzeit, 22. März 2015

… Heute wird der von den Vereinten Nationen ausgerufene Weltwassertag begangen. Das Wasser ist das wichtigste Element für das Leben, und von unserer Fähigkeit, es zu bewahren und zu teilen, hängt die Zukunft der Menschheit ab. Daher ermutige ich die internationale Gemeinschaft, darüber zu wachen, dass das Wasser des Planeten angemessen geschützt und niemand vom Gebrauch dieses Gutes ausgeschlossen oder dabei diskriminiert werde, ein Gut, das ein gemeinsames Gut schlechthin ist. Mit dem heiligen Franziskus von Assisi sagen wir: »Gelobt seist du, mein Herr, durch Schwester Wasser, gar nützlich ist es und demütig und kostbar und keusch« (Sonnengesang) …

20.03.2015 Launch of the World Water Development Report …

… in New Delhi India … “There is already international consensus that water and sanitation are essential to the achievement of many sustainable development goals. They are inextricably linked to climate change, agriculture, food security, health, energy, equality, gender and education. Now, we must look forward to measurability, monitoring and implementation”, says Michel Jarraud, Chair of UN-Water and Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization.

World Water Development Report 2015

Water in a Sustainable World

… Water is at the core of sustainable development. Water resources, and the range of services they provide, underpin poverty reduction, economic growth and environmental sustainability. From food and energy security to human and environmental health, water contributes to improvements in social wellbeing and inclusive growth, affecting the livelihoods of billions. In a sustainable world that is achievable in the near future, water and related resources are managed in support of human well-being and ecosystem integrity in a robust economy. Sufficient and safe water is made available to meet every person’s basic needs, with healthy lifestyles and behaviours easily upheld through reliable and affordable water supply and sanitation services, in turn supported by equitably extended and efficiently managed infrastructure. Water resources management, infrastructure and service delivery are sustainably financed …

Reflecting on Transboundary Water Politics to Mark World Water Day 2015

… This year, World Water Day focuses on the link between water and sustainable development, and it offers a useful opportunity to consider in depth the politics surrounding water abstraction, allocation, access and use, particularly in developing country contexts. While there is little credibility to sensationalist views on water wars occurring between states, international transboundary river basins do shed light on some of the most contentious and intractable issues of water sharing. The Nile River basin is a good example … the … controversy of the dam on the Blue Nile represents the complex and multiple drivers of river basin development. In any river basin, there are competing demands: water for energy and agriculture; water for growing population and rapid urbanisation; water to maintain and improve both human and ecosystem health … I argue that we need to consider the political economy of transboundary water resources, rather than viewing basins as objects of interstate conflict or cooperation. The key to understanding transboundary water politics is to unpack the ways in which the river basin is valued for what purposes, how institutions are established to govern allocation between states and between competing uses, who is involved in the decision-making and who is excluded … Conflict and cooperation over transboundary water resources are not mere representations of failed or successful negotiation outcomes between states. Focusing instead on transboundary water interactions between states highlights that conflict and cooperation coexist, with their intensities changing over time. At the same time, this approach calls attention to how state agency operates in determining river basin planning and infrastructure development … The ways in which water resources are abstracted, transferred and utilised ultimately reflect a very political and entrenched landscape of power and vested interests.

Water Is The Core Of Health & Sustainable Development — World Water Day Meets Technology

3/30/2015 … Ambassadors from around the world joined business owners and policymakers at the United Nations for World Water Day while the Supreme Court heard arguments on behalf of states and associations versus the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The goals of all these activities are to improve the health of people around the world through better and viable nutrition, industry and communities … Water impacts everything that we touch and are; health, food, nature, peace, economy, development and industry. As the United Nations says, “Humanity Needs Water.” And, with the current constraints that exist, alternative methods of cleaning, sterilizing and distributing water need to be created … Now, as the population grows, water is needed more and more to support agriculture and people.” The President of the U.S. Federation of Middle East Peace Sally Kader agreed that water is a growing source of significant conflict. She contends the, “Wars of next century will be over water. And this scarcity can be used as a catalyst to accelerate innovation” … As microbiology, technology and innovation move to the forefront of water filtration, sanitization and distribution, countries that have been successful in new initiatives, like Singapore, are becoming world leaders in new fields. When some estimates have concluded that California has one year of water left, even wealthy developed countries have to be thinking about the health and wellness of their water supply … For the economic development to go hand-in-hand with the health and wellness of individuals, entire communities will have to partner with public and private organizations. Nonprofits, for-profits and researchers will have to come together, and privatization of water filtration, sanitization and access will have to be addressed. And this will have to be done on a country-to-country, or community-to-community basis … Further, in countries like the U.S. government and regulating bodies will have to work in partnership with states and organizations to ensure good ideas and technologies are supported. Yet, a balance must be struck to protect the environment and ensure that only safe and cost-effective solutions are carried out. Just as the oral arguments before the Supreme Court last week addressed, each situation is different …