Alternative World Water Forum

This paper examines three national-level strategies championed by social movement coalitions in El Salvador in order to address the freshwater crisis by challenging its systemic causes. These strategies include: a national ban on metal mining, a constitutional amendment recognizing the human right to water, and a general water law that   Read More ...

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The ruling party (PRI) and its allies, the National Action Party (PAN), the Partido Verde and New Alliance, were forced to back down in the Chamber of Deputies. The privatization offensive launched this time against water, will have to wait for another day—preferably for its promoters, not around elections. The   Read More ...

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JFA Successfully Promotes the Registration of Three Public Interest Litigations. On February 17th (the last working day before Chinese Spring Festival), the Lanzhou Contamination Cases were successfully registered. It has been ten months since the first time Lanzhou Veolia Water Company was sued. According to Chinese Law, the court should   Read More ...

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Press Release by Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive. Batman, Turkey – With the continuation of the construction of the Ilisu Dam and Hydroelectric Power Plant on the Tigris River in December 2014, the dam construction site has been militarized intensely. This alarming development leads to grave political tensions and human   Read More ...

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Press release of Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive – 5 december 2014. Ilisu Dam’s construction may be continued after a 4 month halt!  Stop Ilisu – stop destruction and instability! The Turkish State Hydraulic Works (DSI) has announced few days ago that  after a four month break that the construction of   Read More ...

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Summary The water committees of the southern region of Cochabamba, Bolivia’s fourth largest city, are the epitome of Bolivian forms of autonomy and horizontalism. Still an active network today, these organizations became visible after the “water war” of 2000, when community mobilization on a mass scale halted a state-sponsored attempt to privatize Cochabamba’s water supply. One of   Read More ...

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Water has become a commodity, Karen Piper tells Salon, and the world’s poor are paying the price. When you talk about human rights, not to mention human necessities, there’s not much more fundamental than water. The United Nations has even put it in writing: it formally “recognizes the right to   Read More ...

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The “silent revolution” of the water cooperatives Water cooperatives are not an isolated localized phenomenon. On the contrary, they thrive in countries with variable environmental and social-political-economic conditions, indicating their adaptability. Thousands examples of urban or rural water cooperatives exist in the USA, Canada, Latin America (Chile, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina,   Read More ...

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