Feature Articles

  • November 25, 2013
  • April 23, 2009
    Father Miguel d'Escoto, President of the UN General Assembly, and an outspoken critic of water privatization, had requested a public audience at the Forum -- which presents the appearance of a UN event -- but was denied; in response, Maude Barlow, his Senior Advisor on Water, delivered a statement from him to the alternative, People's Water Forum...
  • April 28, 2012
    The World Water Council, the convener of the World Water Forum, sure knows its market. At their recent global gathering held in Marseille, France, they tapped into the thirst of governments, development agencies and banks, NGOs and private water operators for a conversation about water services and managing the growing water crisis -- as well as a...
  • March 9, 2012
    Download this report as a PDF (The) water crisis is largely our own making. It has resulted not from the natural limitations of the water supply or lack of financing and appropriate technologies, even though these are important factors, but rather from profound failures in water governance.” – UNDP on water governance “What we do to water, we do...
  • February 1, 2011
    The Michigan Supreme Court finally ended an energy company's bid to discharge millions of gallons of treated oil field wastewater into the pristine headwaters of the AuS able River.  In a 4:3 decision, the majority of the Court, lead by the opinion of Justice Tom Davis, reversed a Court of Appeals decision that left open the potential for Merit...
  • February 1, 2011
    It is with great pleasure that we today share a brief immediate report from Chennai, where RPW partners have successfully launched the Water Organisations Platform of India. A number of international delegates have participated in the international conference on “Water Partnerships towards meeting climate challenge” at Chennai on 6th and 7th...
  • February 1, 2011
    All too often issues related to the environment and policy become divisive, with two polarized sides arguing on menial points and blaming one another rather than working with one another to meet common goals. As we look towards a future of mounting environmental concerns, we will have to put aside this negative rhetoric if we are to truly see a...
  • December 20, 2010
    Ten Mixteco men led me across a stream and through a cornfield on a toilet tour of Mini Numa. At each adobe hut housing a shiny white flush toilet, I snapped a photo of a contented owner. In recent years, six children had died in this small village from diseases rooted in poverty and lack of sanitation. With the support of the human rights...
  • October 28, 2010
    The eyes of the world are on Temacapulin. So declared a banner at an anti-dam rally. Solidarity is probably the single best hope for the 500 residents of this sleepy Mexican town on the brink of being submerged. It’s a battle of David and Goliath proportions. Father Gabriel, the local priest, tweaked the final words of the Lord’s Prayer, urging, “...
  • September 17, 2010
    Lets take a recent such case, in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh, in the Indian Himalayas. The small, lively stream called "Pakhanoj" or Haripur nala, near village Haripur, is the primary source for drinking, irrigation etc water for 19 small villages. In addition, being a fast-moving cold water stream, ther are several small Trout farms,...