Wageningen University hosts World water day 2012 in the Netherlands
Water and Food Security is the theme of World Water Day 2012 on Thursday 22 March.
Each day, huge amounts of water are sued to produce enough food to fulfil our daily requirements – often much more than we would expect. This demands more efficient use of water. After all, although water can be reused, it is not an inexhaustible resource. Access to water is especially under pressure in developing countries, where food supplies are adversely affected too.
The national celebration the World Water Day in the Netherlands takes place in Wageningen.
Aqua for All, Netherlands Water Partnership, Nutrient Platform, Rabobank, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Wageningen UR have organized an event with afternoon and evening programmes on the question 'How can we bring the worlds of water and food closer together?'
Other events in the Netherlands are:
Delft: When love takes over
dance demonstration by WWD Flash Mob Dance in front of the city hall
Organized by Unesco-IHE
Genderingen: Oude IJssel Schoon
Excursion for school kids along the river Oude IJssel and a sun bottle boat race
Organized by Aquarius
Apeldoorn: Walking for water
Awareness and fundraising event with school children aged 10-13 that are sponsored by friends and family to walk 6 kilometres, while carrying 6 litres of water in a backpack
Organized by Rotary Walking for Water Apeldoorn
nation wide: Walking for water
Awareness and fundraising event with school children aged 10-13 that are sponsored by friends and family to walk 6 kilometres, while carrying 6 litres of water in a backpack. Participation of over 480 primary schools.
Organized by Akvo, Simavi, AMREF Flying Doctors, ZOA, Aqua for All
Internet: game launch GetH2O
Game to raise awareness for water scarcity in slums. The aim in the game is to build houses and manage the water supply while keeping the pollution in check
Organized by Butterfly Works
More information (in Dutch only)
Taking water and food sercurity beyond technology
The Dutch water sector has committed itself to excel globally in three vital areas. One such area is the sustainable water use for agriculture throughout the world.
The Dutch water sector and agriculture sector jointly develop new solutions for water reuse and better irrigation. Moreover farmers need sufficient water. This requires water management and good gtovernance.
In an interview IWRM-expert Koen Roest of Wageningen University explains the Triple-A concept for an integrated agri-aqua approach.
Read the interview with Koen Roest >>
Global celebration with UN FAO in Rome
The official global celebration of the World Water Day 2012 is with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome. From 9.30 to 12.30 the FAO will hold 'Morning Talks' on the theme Water and Food Security, involving FAO’s Director General Mr. José Graziano da Silva, high-level officials, FAO experts and stakeholder representatives
In the afternoon there will be the presentation of the 4th edition of the United Nations World Development Report 'Managing Water under Uncertainty and Risk' by the World Water Assessment Programme
More information (including all events world wide)