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Author Topic: Introduction - What is at stake?
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Post Introduction - What is at stake?
on: December 12, 2011, 11:52

As it is a matter of life, access to water is a cause of concern for all of us. Yet, nowadays, nearly 900 millions people don’t have access to neither drinking water nor to the necessary amount of water for a proper hygiene.
Within the framework of the 6th World Water Forum, the Water Youth Movement calls upon your creativity and ingenuity to suggest solution to this problem, which, far from being insoluble, just deserves to be looked into more closely.

Here are some questions upon which you can build your study, thoughts and propositions:

    - Taking into account the need for cost efficiency, can you think of innovating ways to reach and distribute water?
    - Can you think of new ways to stock water and keep it drinkable and usable for a rather long period of time in very isolated places of the world?
    - Should private bodies deal with water management or should it be a state prerogative?
    - How can we efficiently come to reduce developed countries consumption of water?

Now, let’s put on our thinking caps and make access to water for all a reality.

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Post Re: Introduction - What is at stake?
on: January 4, 2012, 12:21

Hello! My name is Alex, I work in advocacy at EWASH (, a coalition of NGOs, INGOs and UN agencies working in the field of water/sanitation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT).
While most of the countries in the Middle East suffer from water scarcity, Israel and the OPT possess large amounts of surface (the Jordan River and its tributaries in the occupied Golan Heights) and underground (the mountain aquifer, located in most part under the West Bank) water. However, the political situation has led to an unequal sharing of the available water resources. Under the Oslo interim agreements (which were supposed to be temporary), Israel is allocated 80% of the "estimated potential" of the mountain aquifer, the only source of fresh water available to Palestinians living in the West Bank, who are left with 20% (usually less than that in practice). Moreover, Palestinians in the West Bank must obtain an authorization from the Joint Water Committee (JWC) to dig wells or build cisterns; however, Israel has veto power and final say in the JWC, and Palestinians applying for such authorization see their request routinely denied or delayed, often for years (there hasn´t been a single new well dug by Palestinians in the West Bank since 1967). This leads many Palestinian communities to build cisterns or drill wells without prior authorization from Israel, who routinely demolishes these vital structures.
Due to this unequal sharing, Israelis consume on average 300 liters of water per capita per day (a higher average than France or the UK), while Palestinians have access to 70 on average (the minimum recommended by the World Health Organization is 100).
This status quo has left many Palestinian communities, most of which rely on goat-herding and small-scale agriculture for a living, struggling to survive, while Israeli settlements, illegal under international law, enjoy unlimited amounts of water and practice extensive, high-tech agriculture.

What do you think can be done to change the status quo? I welcome any comments or suggestions, and I hope we can start a discussion to explore new ideas and strive to change the present situation!

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