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.
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.
Meeting of the International Programme and Drafting Committee (IPDC) of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 was held in Balatonfüred
The preparatory body of the Summit has now come together for the second time in the Conference Room of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary.
The organisers of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 are again providing the opportunity to hold side events on the margins of the conference. Application for organising side events was closed on 5 June 2019.
Hungary joins the work of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) through the water sector. In the coming weeks, it shall be reviewed what projects Hungarian companies and government agencies could take part in – said Mr Levente Magyar, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, during the conference entitled „Water Connects – Enabling the Environment for Investments in the Water Sector.”
With the participation of the relevant ministries, professional organisations and educational institutions, the Organising Committee of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 (BWS2019) held its inaugural meeting on 6 February 2019.
Building on the success of the events held in 2013 and 2016, Hungary will host the third Budapest Water Summit in 2019. Under the patronage of H.E. Mr János Áder, President of Hungary, the conference will take place on 15-17 October 2019. The conference is organised by the Government of Hungary.
The Budapest Water Summit 2016 (BWS 2016), held in Budapest on 28-30 November 2016, was one of the most important water-related events on a global scale in 2016. Over 2,200 participants from 117 countries gathered in Hungary’s capital. Focusing on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Agenda, the Summit also adopted a plan of action for measures to be implemented in the next 15 years in order to tackle water-related challenges.
The first Budapest Water Summit held in 2013 clearly contributed to the adoption of a stand-alone Sustainable Development Goal on water-related challenges (Sustainable Development Goal 6 – Water and Sanitation). The event had more than 1,400 registered participants from 105 countries and was attended by the UN Secretary-General.