Thursday, December 8, 2011

Care for water ‘deserves priority’

Kamcilla Pillay in Daily News (South Africa): With wars for water being forecast as soon as 2050, some water stewardship bodies are urging negotiators to take finance around water issues into consideration for any policy they adopt at the 17th Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP17).

The Climate Action Partnership said in its Water Security and Climate Change Factsheet that it was seeing the demand for water increase with population growth, urbanisation, industrial development and the consequent need for food production.

“At the same time, increased drought and flooding, changes in rainfall patterns, sea-level rises and glacial retreat compound water scarcity,” said the organisation.

The Global Water Partnership’s senior network officer, Alex Simalabwi, said there was an urgent need to integrate the adoption of other policies, such as renewable energy, with that of water security and climate resilience....

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