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Stockholm Water Week

Published torsdag 27 augusti 2009 kl 15.36

Thousands of experts, researchers, and government and business decision makers converged on Stockholm last week for the annual World Water -Week. This year the water encounter attracted over 2,000 delegates from all corners of the globe. The annual conference is organised by the Stockholm International Water Institute, SIWI.

Whenever water is the topic of discussion, it is usually its scarcity which seems to get the main limelight. But although scarcity indeed is a problem, the organisers say it is equally important to manage effectively and equitably the available water resources.

The responsible use of water is an issue which engages many civil societies. The non-governmental organisations are particularly apprehensive about the commercialisation of water resources.

Another issue of contention on the water front is transboundary water basins. Most of these basins lack any type of co-operative system and experts fear that the conflict of interest over water may easily lead to what has been dubbed the water wars. Azariah Kiros has filed this report on the mega conference.

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