At the 6th World Water Forum, a Village of Solutions was built in an attempt to raise participants’ awareness of global water and sanitation issues through exhibits and special events in an enjoyable and educational manner. The Village of Solutions had several exhibits that included a library, a school, a factory, and a town hall. On the outskirts of the Village of Solutions a slum module was open to visitors. This video was taken inside the 6th World Water Forum’s Village of Solutions “Slums” exhibit. You will see one of the solutions to a lack of sanitation services in slums, called Pee Poo. At the end of the video, Hamani Waziri Insa Abdou the Coordinator for the Niger-based NGO R.A.I.L. gives his opinion on the solutions proposed in the exhibit.
Inside the Alternative World Water Forum
On March 16, I attended the Alternative World Water Forum. The Forum Alternatif Modial de L’Eau (‘FAME’ for short) is situated at the Dock des Suds, and my first impression upon arriving was how buzzing the place was. This was no ‘occupy’ movement of the kind you tend to see lately in your local city plaza attended by fewer than ten people, most of whom look like unwashed hippies. FAME, in contrast, was crowded. Approximately six different sessions ran at any given time, and there were enough translators and earphones to accommodate several languages. Whatever might be said about the political ideologies behind the event, the popularity and organization of it was impressive considering it relies entirely on donations for its funding.
Climate change, population growth, urbanization, and different economic drivers will all increase the demand for water in the future. By 2025 and beyond, the water crisis will reach catastrophic levels. In order to create effective solutions to the water issues that may arise past 2025, people from public and private sectors must work together. The question of future water security is far too serious to be left to disputes. On the morning of March 14, 2012, hundreds of people from all over the world gathered to attend the High Level Panel: Future of World’s Water Beyond 2025. This high level panel included eminent personalities from both the public and private sector.
Dr. Yuei-An Liou is the Distinguished Professor and Director at the Center for Space and Remote Sensing Research at National Central University in Taiwan. He specializes in satellite remote sensing and atmospheric science and has published over 100 referral papers, and 200 conference papers. In this interview, Dr. Liou discusses one of Taiwan’s most serious water issues. Interview highlights include the discussion of:
One of Taiwan’s largest water issues
How too much water can lead to serious problems
The steps Taiwan is taking to adapt to climate change