The World’s Largest Meeting About Water
The World Water Forum is indeed large. More than 800 speakers large. Over 400 hours of discussions and debates large. More than 180 countries represented in one location to address the world’s global water challenges large. Which is why the Conservancy’s Great Rivers Partnership had to take part in the action.
Represented in numerous panel discussions, a reception presentation and a dynamic Conservancy exhibit space throughout the week of March 12-17, the GRP held the first meeting of its International Steering Committee. In addition, it moved forward other GRP Phase II activities focused on collaboration with partner organizations in a global network to advance integrated river basin management, and advancement of the nomination of new rivers where the GRP will expand efforts.
Karin Krchnak, the GRP’s director of global partnerships, represents the Conservancy on the World Water Council Board of Governors—the multi-stakeholder group responsible for producing this flagship event.
“The overall theme of this 6th World Water Forum was ‘A time for commitment and solutions.’ It’s been an honor helping shape the agenda for the event and connecting the GRP with multilateral institutions, governments, companies and other NGOs that can help us find solutions to freshwater issues and truly realize integrated river basin management together,” said Krchnak.
Stay tuned for an announcement of GRP International Steering Committee members and related news.
Reflecting on Water and Food Security
The World is Thirsty Because We are Hungry. That tagline framed up World Water Day on March 22 and highlighted the global demand to feed 7 billion people and another 2 billion expected by 2050.
But what does that really mean? How much water is needed to feed the world’s growing population, and what can we do about it? The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations helped break things down on the Water Day web site with a series of videos and fact sheets estimating the amount of water needed to produce specific commodities. The site also offers suggested actions for ensuring access to nutritious foods for all.
Designated by the United Nations, the annual celebration highlights an issue impacting freshwater each year and ultimately advocates for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.
The Conservancy’s Great Rivers Partnership recently produced it’s own video about balancing agricultural demands and safeguarding freshwater.
A Boost for Rare and Endangered Species
You might say that rare and endangered species, like the piping plover, recently became prime beneficiaries of a gift received by The Nature Conservancy in Kentucky. Though, of course, people benefited as well.
The state chapter recently celebrated a major contribution from Crounse Corporation in support of the Big Rivers Corridor Project, which focuses conservation efforts within an area where six rivers – the Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, Green, Tradewater and Cumberland – meet. Crounse’s generous support made it possible for the Conservancy to reach its goal of raising $2 million by the end of 2011 and led to the successful completion of Phase I (comprised of 2,571 acres) of this two-phase project. Phase II is currently underway and will protect an additional 4,285 contiguous acres.
“Through partnering with TNC, our goal is to educate others who live and work along the inland waterways system so we can leave our river system in as good a condition as possible for future generations,” said Steve Little, president of Crounse Corporation.
The Big Rivers Corridor is a bottomland hardwood forested landscape that supports several plant and animal species listed as rare or endangered, including the northern copperbelly water snake, Indiana bat, fat pocketbook mussel, piping plover and least tern.
March 19, 2012