This week is World Water Week

Our current call for clean energy projects has several thematic areas of focus, such as access to energy, scaling up successful business models, communication and a real key issue the world battles with, the role of energy in food production and water supply.

water.gifThe connection between water, food, and  clean energy access is undeniable a determinating factor when it comes to deciding on the right development strategies.

This week I also want to bring attention to the World Water Week (26th to 31st of August, 2012). It is hosted and organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and takes place each year in Stockholm. The World Water Week has been the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues since 1991. Join them here!

This international conference brings scientific experts and leaders of social and global change initiatives together annually to tackle the tough issues around access and availability to fresh water. And considering that by 2025, two-thirds of the world’s population could be living in under “water stress” conditions, the issue is getting more urgent year by year!

The themes for World Water Week change each year, but each fits within a broader “niche” that covers several years. The grouping of themes within a niche is designed to develop a long-term perspective on a broad yet significant water and development issue. It also ensures that each year builds upon the previous years’ outcomes and findings. Right now, the niche for 2009-2012 is “Responding to Global Changes”, which looks at the potential and necessary responses in water policy, management and development to address pervasive and increasingly impacting global changes. The shift to a low-carbon economy is definitely also one of those major global changes  happening at the moment, and the effect of such new systems on available water must be a priority! . After “Accessing Water for the Common Good”(2009),  “The Water Quality Challenge” (2010) and “Water in an Urbanizing World“ (2011) this year’s theme is “Water and Food Security.waterdrop.gif

“Water and Food Security” fits in nicely with one of REEEP’s current call’s key thematic areas, the role of energy in food production and water supply, and a few more events on the agenda this year. I will keep you updated on this important issue and initiatives around it.


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