5th World Water Forum and the Alternative Water Forum

Hello, friends. This post has been on my to-do list for about five days now. My apologies in the delay providing this information to you.

If you haven’t heard, the 5th World Water Forum (WWF) is underway. It is hosted every three years on behalf of the World Water Council. This year the forum is being held in Istanbul, Turkey with a theme of “Bridging Divides for Water”. The 5th WWF began on March 16th and will last until March 22nd – which is also World Water Day. The World Water Council feels its accomplishments include “…its contribution to increasing the awareness of global water issues and the political mobilization it has reached through the World Water Forum.”

Opponents of the WWF state that many members of the World Water Council are from multinational companies and, likewise, inclined to support unsustainable water management in the form of water privatization. As I posted previously on my blog, the global water justice movement has organized numerous events this week.

And, this weekend, another event called the Alternative Water Forum will be held. This conference looks especially interesting to me because of the workshops and speakers offered each day. Some of the workshops include Ecologic Water Management, Hegemony, War and Water Politics, Global Climate Change and Water Politics, and Water as a Common Good and Water Management. For more information, they have a very good brochure detailing the entire weekend of events.

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For a different perspective from inside the 5th World Water Forum, you might also like to check out Dr. Michael Campana’s Water Wired blog.

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