World Water Week – WaterAid launches Water Security Framework

The provision of water, sanitation and improved hygiene for the basic human needs of the poorest people is essential in the achievement of food security, according to WaterAid’s new Water Security Framework.

Efforts must focus on world’s poorest for global water and food security

The theme of this year’s Stockholm World Water Week – water and food security – has raised lots of questions about how we meet the ever developing needs of a growing population with increasing demands on resources. At WaterAid, we believe the answer lies in providing water and sanitation for basic human needs, and that targeting the poorest communities will have the greatest impact on overcoming poverty. The figures shared in the sessions speak for themselves. In the past 100 years, global population has increased 3.6 times, while the amount of water withdrawn has increased 6.8 times.

World Water Week – a view from the ground – day 3

My first session today was on sanitation in urban areas,  convened by Water and Sanitation Program (WSP), a partnership administered by the World Bank.

World Water Week – WWF and Australian National University launch their new study, Dams on the Mekong River

The Mekong river is a primary source of protein for millions of people, but, according to this study, hydropower dams planned for the lower mainstem of the Mekong River could decimate fish populations and with them the primary source of protein for 60 million people. The impact of the dams would extend far beyond the river, as people shift to alternative protein sources such as poultry, cows and pigs,  which would in turn increase demand for land and water. ”The Mekong countries are striving for economic growth, and they see hydropower as a driver of that growth.

World Water Week – a view from the ground – day 2

I started the day in the Exhibition Hall for the Opening Plenary Session,  where it was great to be joined by representatives from all three of our Water Programme partners.

The Mayor of Stockholm was present to welcome delegates to the city. I get the impression the city is very proud to host this event each year. I was most surprised to see a small troupe of acrobats take the stage during the intervals,  not something we are used to seeing during a conference!