World Water Day 2013

This is a quick reminder about the upcoming World Water Day 2013 on March 22nd on one hand, on the other I think it is a good opportunity to bring up some important facts about saving water. We all know that we have to be mindful of our water usage, but sometimes we don’t act as if we know just how precious water is.

The World Water Day event is a good time to bring up water-related issues with friends and children, and hopefully schools and youth clubs also take it up as a start to get informed and actively involved.waterdrop.gif

The idea of World Water Day was first proposed in Agenda 21 in 1992  in Rio de Janeiro, and has been observed since 1993 – so it’s a 20 year anniversary this year!
Yet over the last couple of decades, water security has become more of a problem for many areas of this world, and climate change is a major contributor in this complex challenge.

But what needs to be done to make most of our water? Food Tank suggests seven steps to take:

  • Eating Less Meat

The amount of water needed to produce one kilogram of red meat can range from 13,000 to 43,000 liters of water; poultry requires about 3,500 liters of water; and pork needs about 6,000 liters.

  • Using intercropping, agroforestry, and cover crops

Soil health is critical to water conservation – sustainable agriculture is key!

  • Implementing micro-irrigation

Approximately 60% of water used for irrigation is wasted. Drip irrigation methods can be more expensive to install, but can also be 33%to 40% more efficient.

For example systems that allows farmers to use mobile phones to turn their irrigation systems on and off remotely. Data is at the bottom of this point, and Open Data is what such applications can be built on.

  • Planting perennial crops

Perennial crops protect the soil for a greater length of time than annual crops, which reduces water loss from runoff.


water.gif“Unless we increase our capacity to use water wisely in agriculture, we will fail to end hunger and we will open the door to a range of other ills, including drought, famine and political instability,” warned UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moonin a statement read at the start of World Water Day 2012 ceremonies taking place at FAO.

Water will play a central role in creating the future we want– lets not forget that in the post-2015 debate when the new Sustainable Development Goals are taking over from the Millennium Development Goals in 2015! Here is an interesting “Beyond 2015 Position Paper” from the World We Want debate that details why all three dimensions of water (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene; Water Resources Management; and Wastewater and Water Quality) need to be at the heart of the new Sustainable Development Goals post-2015!

Tell your friends about World Water Day 2013!



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