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Preventing water crises

Only 0.007 percent of the planet's water resources can be easily accessed

Only 0.007 percent of the Earth's water resources are on the surface and are easily accessible, not too polluted, and almost immediately useable - interview with Mr Csaba Kőrösi, Director of Directorate for Environmental Sustainability at the Office of the President of the Republic of Hungary.

This is called James Bond's Hydrology ratio – said Csaba Kőrösi, Director of Directorate for Environmental Sustainability at the Office of the President of the Republic of Hungary (KEH) on Friday morning, on the World Water Day, on the current channel of M1.

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According to the director, water supply for the population is provided in Hungary, and there are significant reserves, although, water shortage can occur, for example, in the agricultural sector.

Two years ago, a three-week drought caused over HUF 100 billion damage (USD 345 million). In the Homokhátság region, for example, the level of groundwater decreases by 10-15 centimeters per year. Should the problem stay neglected, this region will be a desert within 15-20 years, he said.

"So there is water shortage in Hungary, and saving is much needed", the director stressed, adding that as to produce clean water, energy is needed, so who does not make any efforts to save water, also waste energy.

In addition, pollution is also a major problem in Hungary and, according to the Director, in this case it must be kept in mind that one drop of oil may make even a thousand liters of water unsuitable for consumption.

In the developing world, 80-90 percentage of the wastewater get back to nature uncleaned. "We burn the candle at both ends: at one end, there is less and less fresh water per capita in the dry regions of the world, and typically in the same regions, wastewater discharges are much larger than the nature can handle it alone" Csaba Kőrösi pointed out.

Original article: hirado.hu

Summary of the Budapest Water Summit 2019

Following the success of the conferences held in 2013 and 2016, the Budapest Water Summit was organised by the Government of Hungary for the third time on 15-17 October 2019 with the motto „Preventing Water Crises”. The Summit was opened by H.E. Mr János Áder, President of the Republic of Hungary. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary was responsible for the full preparation and conduct of the Summit and all related events.

Papal message to the participants of the Budapest Water Summit 2019

Budapest Water Summit 2019 – Closing remarks

Watch the video recording of the closing ceremony.

Is Our Institutional Architecture Capable of Supporting Transformation?

Watch the video recording of the session.

Transboundary Water Affairs – How to Move from Risks to Opportunities?

Watch the video recording of the session.

Implementation – Do We Have the Right Systems at Place?

Watch the video recording of the session.

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.

Science Against Water Crises: Do We Know Enough?

Watch the video recording of the session.

Technology to Avoid Water Crises – What Is Missing?

Watch the video recording of the session.

What Is Needed for Doubling Investments?

Watch the video recording of the session.

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