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Preventing water crises

Water, the source of development

There is no life without water – this is an unquestionable truth for everybody, but has anyone ever thought of the fact that without water there is no development, either? Talking either about the basic fact that water is essential for the development of plants, or the ingenious inventions of later ages, we have to admit that water significantly determines our lives.

One has only to take a look at world history to see that from ancient Mesopotamia to Egypt and China, every great culture, civilisation had evolved and survived at places where the proximity of waters and rivers ensured life and development. Rivers and seas were used for travelling and trade, cutting distances and exploring new worlds, which most of the time resulted in a leap forward.

But one should not forget that at the same time water is one of the greatest challenges of our lives, posing problems like droughts, floods, their unpredictable variations, river-control, climate change, melting glaciers and the examples could go on. It is truly difficult to believe that ten thousand children under the age of 5 die daily of illnesses due to polluted waters. Currently, nearly two billion people live on earth without access to healthy water, and in 25 years’ time half of humanity will live in a place where water supply will be a serious problem.

Water is one of the greatest challenges of our lives Photo: Shutterstock

Although these data are facts, it seems we do not want to understand what they mean; twelve thousand different chemicals are used in industry, and we use as much water just for watering golf courses every day as would be enough to ensure the daily minimum water requirement for 4.7 billion people, as calculated by the UN.

The problems are thus given, and it is evident that new solutions must be found to solve them, solutions which fully comply with current environmental requirements. These must be given top priority if we want our grandchildren to be able to look at water as a source of development.

Water is a renewable energy source and it is one of the corner-stone of sustainable growth without which there is no development. At the same time, our fresh water reserves are finite and potentially leading to wars, its pollution could cause epidemics, while water shortages might result in famines. We must realize that the key to our further development is the preservation of our water supply. It is only up to us whether we can preserve it.

Hungarian developments may solve the problem of pharmaceutical residues worldwide

The filtering of pharmaceutical derivatives from water is a problem for almost the entire world. That was part of the reason for the international interest elicited at the Budapest Water Summit by the results of a National Competitiveness and Excellence Programme (NVKP) project led by the Geographical Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Science’s Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences, which cover the complete set of associated problems.

New Coca-Cola bottles made of recycled marine waste

Coca-Cola has presented its first bottle made by recycling marine waste. At its test facility, it has so far produced 300 bottles that contain 25% plastic waste fished out the Mediterranean Sea.

The main reforms and innovations that highly promote water security and sustainable development

Interview with Mr. Xavier Leflaive, Principal Administrator, Environment Directorate, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

How recent political conflicts can be the consequences of insufficient water resources

Interview with Professor Aaron Wolf, Director of the Program in Water Conflict Management, Oregon State University (USA).

Budapest Water Summit attracts tremendous interest

A great many people were interested in the Budapest Water Summit – the importance of the event is attested by the fact that over 2,300 people from 118 countries had applied to attend the event, and along with the over 30 ministerial delegations, leaders of international organisations and multilateral financing institutions, as well as water industry experts have also attended.

BWS Bulletin – Daily report of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 – The third day

The Institute for Sustainable Development have summarized the third day of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 as part of the so-called BWS Bulletin.

János Áder: Young people would like to preserve Hungary as their grandparents saw it

Young people wish to live in a clean environment, that natural need is the message of the drawings, photos and posters they submitted to the competition, said President János Áder to journalists after the awards ceremony of the SDG for Kids competition at the Budapest Water Summit.

Papal message to the participants of the Budapest Water Summit 2019

BWS Bulletin – Daily report of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 – The second day

The Institute for Sustainable Development have summarized the second day of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 as part of the BWS Bulletin

BWS Bulletin – Daily report of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 – The first day

The Institute for Sustainable Development have summarized the first day of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 as part of the so-called BWS Bulletin.

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