The evaluation of the factors that define disasters caused by nature´s violent phenomena is the first step to avoid them. The understanding of the concepts of exposure and vulnerability is the base of any prevention and action policy. In all cases, the access to water and sanitation is always the core idea of any emergency actions and key factors of resilience.
Water News and Reports
The abundance of water in Nepal, the second country in the world with more water resources, contrasts with the serious access problems of nine million people, a quarter of its population. Its capital, Kathmandu, suffers the consequences of the lack of management and the pollution of rivers and aquifers. Its inhabitants fight for their water supply every day, and so does the population of many Asian cities.
Climate change and illegal logging hit the Peruvian indigenous communities, who face droughts and flooding with their ancestral culture and a determined feeling of solidarity.
Urban expansion, the demand of agricultural production, the need to evolve in political management and climate change define a crucial moment in the progress of Latin American countries, which depend on water more than ever. Sergio Bitar, Chilean engineer and former minister, explained this in the series of conferences “Water and metropolis” organized by the We Are Water Foundation and Casa Amèrica Catalunya.
Is it possible to live surrounded by contaminated water? Some people are doing it, like the poorest inhabitants of the banks of the Musi River, in India. Waste water affects their health and degrades their standard of living. The riverside dwellers survive this unacceptable situation waiting for alternatives.
Tourism is a promising economic driver for many emerging countries and one of the key distribution elements of wealth in the world. But it is a great consumer of water and it has a special impact on the environment. The sector is directly menaced by climate change and should advance with proper management towards a sustainable model that serves as a reference.
Kinene, a nine-year-old boy living along the shore of Lake Victoria, needs clean water to wash fish with her mother. This is the only source of income of his family, a family that, as most of the 30 million people living on the largest lake in Africa, suffers the consequences of its high level of pollution.
Justice for women in the access to water and sanitation will not be attained without more specific statistical data on their situation. The campaign #NoWalking4Water needs to raise our awareness of the gender invisibility suffered by millions of women, which prevents efficient actions from being carried out in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
Sign up to receive news about the water crisis and We Are Water projects.