World Water Week, Stockholm, 28th August -2nd September 2016

The annual focal point for the globe’s water issues since 1991

We’re all worried for many different reasons about the refugee crises that are bringing large numbers of people to Europe and other countries to seek a life away from their war-torn homelands. Alongside war, many people see water, with its many vital uses such as for human consumption, sanitation and farming, as a major, if not the prime cause of the mass movement of people around the globe.

You might remember (being an avid reader of the Bibo Blogs..) that we blogged about the UN’s World Water Day back in March. This day had the theme ‘Water and Jobs’, looking at how meaningful jobs, related to water, can be created, particularly in poorer parts of the world. World Water Week followed up on this theme, placing job creation as one element in the broader theme of water and sustainable growth.

World Water Week (WWW) took place in Stockholm at the start of September and, under the central theme of ‘Water for Sustainable Growth’, one of the key topics discussed was water and migration. A fascinating report published as part of WWW discusses water as one in a number of elements, including war, that forces people to move from their homes. Other elements include climate change, poor governance, infrastructure and resource management, lack of food, education, good health care and jobs. The report concludes that our global response to migration must be coordinated and integrated, taking into account all the above elements and not simply targeting improved water management.

WWW and its convenor, the not-for-profit Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), are doing amazing work in making sure that our global response to issues related to water is fair and sustainable. The Institute works with scientists, policy-makers and corporations to ensure that we work together to create positive change and take steps towards a healthier, more equitable world.

You can download the full report here, it’s a fascinating read.

Have a great September and see you back here in October to discuss how Britain is harnessing the power of our country’s greatest natural resource through Hydropower…

Guest Blogger: Nina Brown

Nina Brown is the founder of Tandem Collective (www.tandemcollective.org) and editor at InTandem Publications (intandempublications.com). Tandem aims to bring environmental issues to a broader audience through the arts.