Victories and Successful Alternatives

VICTORIES AND SUCCESSFUL ALTERNATIVES The worldwide water crisis is a consequence of the convergence of three critical flaws: inequality and poverty, unsustainable management of our aquatic ecosystems, and the pressure to privatize public services.Faced with the old, arrogant paradigm that is based on the “domination of nature” for the benefit of the construction sector, new strategies for cost-saving, efficiency and conservation are being applied today. The modernization of irrigation and urban networks, together with the application of laws and technologies that rule out pollution and the overexploitation of rivers and aquifers, are reflected in advanced water management policies.However, the main challenge is not technological but one of governance. The fight against the privatization of public water services and corruption is promoting new models of participatory management under social control, while opening the way for the recognition of access to potable water as a human right.Fortunately, rising against the problems of the global water crisis are citizens’ movements that bring with them the firm hope for another world order – one that is  possible simply because it is needed.

Alta Dam · Norway

“LET THE RIVER LIVE” The opposition to the construction of the Alta Dam in the 1970s pioneered the struggle against large dams throughout Europe. The Sami indigenous communities in northern Norway linked their struggle against the dam to their wider … Sigue leyendo

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Mazahuan Women – Mexico

“THE FIGHT FOR THE RIGHT TO WATER” In September 2004, after years of struggle, the Mazahuan women symbolically armed themselves with farming tools and wooden rifles and formed the Zapatista Army of Mazahua Women in Defense of Water. The Cutzamala … Sigue leyendo

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The ASA Project, One Million Cisterns – Brazil

Building Citizenry in Brazil’s Semiarid Northeast Brazil’s Northeast, a semiarid region, home to 22 million inhabitants, spans a surface area of  974.752 square km. Climate change there is leading to a water shortage crisis that could trigger an exodus, as … Sigue leyendo

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The Opposition Against the Ebro Water Transfer Project – Spain

River Transfers Are Not the Solution / Ebro River · Spain The Spanish National Hydrological Plan (NHP), approved in the year 2000, provided for a water transfer of up to 1080 cubic Hm per year from the river Ebro to … Sigue leyendo

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The Abandoned Jánovas Dam– Spain

“THE PEOPLE WERE WORTH NOTHING” Jánovas, Lavelilla, Lacort and 14 other villages in the Valley of Ara in the Spanish Pyrenees were destroyed in the sixties to build a dam that finally was never constructed. A conflict of interests between … Sigue leyendo

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The Campaign to Undam the Klamath River · USA

“OPEN THE IRON GATE” The Klamath originates in marshes in eastern Oregon and descends through thickly forested canyons in the far north of California before flowing into the Pacific Ocean. The watershed is comparatively small  — the river is just … Sigue leyendo

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The Fight Against the Alta Dam – Norway

“LET THE RIVER LIVE” The opposition to the construction of the Alta Dam in the 1970s pioneered the struggle against large dams throughout Europe. The Sami indigenous communities in northern Norway linked their struggle against the dam to their wider … Sigue leyendo

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Loire…. A Beautiful Story – France

The Loire… A Beautiful Story The St. Etienne de Vigan and the Maisons-Rouges dams on the Allier and Vienne rivers, both tributaries of the Loire, were recently dismantled as part of the “Loire Grandeur Nature” plan. Local citizen groups had … Sigue leyendo

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