Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Thursday, August 24, 2017 09:09:01 AM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Make better use of water

By
07th-Aug-2017       Readers ( 126 )   0 Comments
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all (0) »

This very fact has been clearly stated in the Valuing Water Preamble and principles that have been on the table of the fifth round of meetings of the High Level Panel on Water (HLPW), which took place in Bangladesh on 31 July.
The HLPW has been convened by both UN Secretary-General and World Bank Group President, to accelerate a change in the way governments, societies, and the private sector use and manage water.
Bangladesh has been chosen as one of the several countries to host a HLPW consultation meeting that aims at providing the leadership required championing a comprehensive, inclusive, and collaborative way of developing and managing water resources, and improving water and sanitation related services, reports the Global Water Partnership (GWP), which participated in the meeting.
GWP is a global action network with over 3,000 Partner organisations in 183 countries. The network has 86 Country Water Partnerships and 13 Regional Water Partnerships.
The purpose of the consultations is to obtain views from a wide array of country level stakeholders on the proposals from the HLPW on the Valuing Water Preamble and principles. As well, the Consultations aims to build awareness and examine the regional/country level relevance of global perspectives, and provide inputs, options and recommendations that will enhance resolutions from the HLPW.
The HLPW is aimed at developing a set of shared principles to motivate and encourage governments, business and civil society to consider water's multiple values and to guide the transparent incorporation of these values into decision-making by policymakers, communities, and businesses.
Members of the HLPW are Heads of State from Australia, Bangladesh, Hungary, Jordan, Mauritius (co-chair), Mexico (co-chair), Netherlands, Peru, Senegal, South Africa, and Tajikistan.
Water, more than a substance
The Valuing Water Preamble include eight key values and facts:
1. Water is precious, fragile, and dangerous. It can sustain or destroy. Water in combination with land, air, and energy is the foundation of life, societies and economies.
Water is more than a substance. It carries multiple values and meanings. These are expressed in spiritual, cultural and emotional terms and found in the heritage of water language, norms and artefacts.
These reflect the deep perceptions, need for connections and participation of all of society.
Making water available for its many uses and users requires tools and institutions to transform it from a natural resource to one providing services and then to recover and return it safely back to nature.
Water and its sources must be respected, because if neglected it has the power to harm, divide or even destroy societies.
2. Making all the values of water explicit gives recognition and a voice to dimensions that
This is more than a cost-benefit analysis and is necessary to make collective decisions and trade-offs. It is important to lead towards sustainable solutions that overcome inequalities and strengthen institutions and infrastructure.
3. The Valuing Water Initiative of the High Level Panel on Water is a collaborative process aimed at building champions and ownership at all levels. It presents a unique and mutually reinforcing opportunity to meet all 17 of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Access to water services is necessary for equitable and inclusive human development.
This is why the United Nations has recognized universal access to clean, safe drinking water and sanitation as a fundamental human right. Increasingly countries and communities have also recognized the rights of nature.
4. Water resources are finite and are under threat from multiple pressures.
History has been defined by people working together to manage water resources and deliver their services to growing populations.
Today, the world's freshwater systems are facing a growing crisis, these challenges are compounded by extreme events, droughts and floods. Demands are growing from a rising population.
Water sources are threatened by overuse, pollution and climate change.
Billions of people lack access to safe water and sanitation services. Water is essential for human health, food security, energy supplies, sustaining cities and the environment.
5. Valuing water means recognising and considering all the benefits provided by water that encompass economic, social and ecological dimensions.
It takes many forms appropriate to local circumstances and cultures. Safeguarding the poor, the vulnerable and the environment is required in all instances.
6. Valuing water can help balance the multiple uses and services provided by water and inform decisions about allocating water across uses and services to maximise well-being.
Allocation can take different forms, such as regulation and economic instruments that signal scarcity, avoid waste and promote conservation. Valuing water can make the cost of pollution and waste apparent and promote greater efficiency and better practices.
Any use of water relies on infrastructure, green or grey. Pricing is not synonymous with value but is one way of covering costs, reflecting part of the value of these uses, and ensuring adequate resources and finance for related infrastructure services.
7. Effective water management presents a transformative opportunity to convert risk to resilience, poverty to well-being, and degrading ecosystems to sustainable ones. This requires finding ways to collaborate across sectors, communities and nations to manage water more effectively.
8. There is an urgent need for action at scale.
We live in a time of tremendous change and innovation, opening a world of possibilities: ending poverty, managing risks, boosting shared prosperity, and underpinning ecological, economic and social well-being.
Bellagio Principles on Valuing Water
The Bellagio Principles on Valuing Water set the following five main principles:
Recognise Water's Multiple Values
Principle 1. Consider the multiple values to different stakeholders in all decisions affecting water.
There are deep interconnections between human needs, economic well-being, and spirituality and the viability of freshwater ecosystems that must be considered by all
Build trust
Principle 2. Conduct all processes to reconcile values in ways that are equitable, transparent, and inclusive of multiple values.
Trade-offs will be inevitable, especially when water is scarce.
Inaction may also have costs that involve steeper trade-offs. These processes need to be adaptive in the face of local and global changes.
Protect the sources
Principle 3. Value and protect all sources of water, including watersheds, rivers, aquifers and associated ecosystems for current and future generations.
There is growing scarcity of water. Protecting sources and controlling pollutants and other pressures are necessary for sustainable development.
Educate to empower
Principle 4. Promote education and public awareness about the essential role of water and its intrinsic value.
This will facilitate better-informed decision-making and more sustainable water consumption patterns.
Invest and innovate
Principle 5. Increase investment in institutions, infrastructure, information and innovation to realize the full potential and values of water.
The complexity of the water challenges should spur concerted action, innovation, institutional strengthening and re-alignment.
These should harness new ideas, tools and solutions while drawing on existing and indigenous knowledge and practices in ways that nurture the leaders of tomorrow.
The High Level Panel on Water (HLPW) held its previous meetings in South Africa on 30 May; in Tajikistan on 6 July; in Mexico on 24 July, and in Bangladesh on 31 July. Peru will be the venue for the sixth session to be held on 16 August.
The Global Water Partnership is set to plays an active role during the Stockholm World Water Week (27 August to 1 September). This year's theme is "water and waste - reduce and reuse".

- IPS World Desk

0 Comments. Share your thoughts also.
Write a comment
Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Cricket »

Aussies go for defensive strategy against Tigers


UNB, Dhaka :Australian batting line will go for defensive strategy against the Tigers during their two-match Test series which will begin with the 1st match at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur on Sunday (Aug 27).Visiting team's aggressive batting all-rounder Glenn Maxwell said, "I think the main thing is to ...

Entertainment »

Shailene Woodley might enter politics soon


Actress Shailene Woodley, who calls herself a feminist, says she doesn’t rule out the idea of running for political office. “There was a point last year when I was working for Bernie Sanders where I thought, ‘Huh, maybe I’ll run for Congress in a couple years. And you know what? ...

City »

Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon ( BAPA) and other organisations formed a human chain in front of South City Corporation office on Wednesday demanding measures for quick disposal of sacrificial animals' wastes during the upcoming Eid-ul-Azaha.


.

International »

US defence chief in Turkey for talks on Syria, Kurds


AFP, Ankara :Pentagon chief Jim Mattis arrived in Ankara on Wednesday for talks with Turkish leaders expected to focus on Washington's arming of a Syrian Kurdish militia, which Turkey views as a terror group, in the fight against Islamic State.Mattis flew in for the one-day visit after stopping in Iraq ...

Football »

Brothers taste first win in BPL Football


Brothers Union Club registered their first victory in the Saif Power Battery Bangladesh Premier League Football as they recorded a hard-fought solitary goal victory over Muktijodda Sangsad Krira Chakra held on Tuesday at Bangabandhu National Stadium.The first half of the match saw both the team got several scoring chances but ...

Editorial »

None to oversee and run the Insurance Sector


ACCORDING to the Insurance Development and Regulatory Authority (IDRA) sources, the organisation's top posts are still vacant, meaning - it can neither hold Board Meetings nor take decisions on policyholders and insurers' interest. Thus, the IDRA's validity and functionality come into the fore right away. IDRA has been formed under ...

International »

After Trump`s warning, China jumps to defense of Pakistan


PTI, New Delhi :China today jumped to the defence of its all-weather ally Pakistan in the wake of US President Donald Trump's stern warning to it over providing safe havens to terrorists, claiming that Islamabad is at the frontline of combating terrorism.Donald Trump, in his first prime-time televised address to ...

International »

India's top court bans Islamic instant divorce


Reuters, New Delhi :India's Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled a controversial Muslim instant divorce law unconstitutional, a landmark victory for Muslim women who had long argued that it violated their right to equality.The law allows Muslim men to divorce their wives simply by uttering the word "talaq" three times. Muslim ...

City »

`Japan to continue support for Bangladesh's uplift`


Japan assured that the country would continue its assistance for Bangladesh's development."We would continue to render assistance for the development of Bangladesh," Japanese Ambassador in Dhaka Masato Watanabe said when he paid a farewell call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her office here on Tuesday morning. After the meeting, ...

Entertainment »

Jacqueline blessed to be a part of A Gentleman and Judwaa 2


Jacqueline Fernandez is certainly on a high with much talked about projects, A Gentleman opposite Sidharth Malhotra and Judwaa 2 opposite Varun Dhawan, releasing back to back. With A Gentleman releasing this Friday and simultaneously stepping into the promotions of her movie, Judwaa 2, it’s an eventful period for Jacqueline ...

Editorial »

High risk in railway travel through flooding zones


A FATAL train accident was narrowly averted in Tangail on Sunday dawn as locals from a nearby mosque stepped in to stop a train only few yards from a bridge partially destroyed by floodwater in the Kalihati Upazila of the district. Driver of the Dhaka-bound Nilsagar Express carrying around 2000 ...

Cricket »

Australia's cricket players (from left) Glenn Maxwell, David Warner and Usman Khawaja playing with a ball during a practice session in Dhaka on Monday. Australia is scheduled to play two Test matches against Bangladesh beginning August 27 in Dhaka.


Entertainment »

Chirodiner Sabina on BTV in Eid


Sabina Yasmin is a living legend in the country’s music arena. For many years her songs inspired us. She has not only rendered patriotic songs but also gave her voice for play-back songs. On the occasion of coming Eid, Bangladesh Television has taken initiative to arrange a solo musical show ...

Entertainment »

Legendary film actor Razzak


Entertainment Desk :Abdur Razzak (1942-2017) was a legendary Bangladeshi actor and film director. He is referred to as Nayak Raj Razzak, a title given by Ahmed Zaman Chowdhury, editor of Chitrali. He got the Independence Day Award in 2015. Razzak was born in Naktala in South Kolkata His parents Akbar ...

City »

BFUJ President Manjurul Ahsan Bulbul, among others, at a programme for collecting relief materials for flood-hit people organised by Rangpur Bibhag Sangbadik Samity at the Jatiya Press Club on Monday.


 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news