Alternative World Water Forum

In 2012, the World Bank approved a $203 million loan for Niger’s Kandadji Dam. This paved the way for a dozen-odd financiers to complete the $785 million financing package for the project, to be located on the Niger River. The future of Kandadji is in doubt, however, given problems with   Read More ...

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Americans used to take water for granted, but the water shutoff in Detroit has taught us all-important lessons. We now know that the private sector is willing to be ruthless in denying access to the most basic needs of living beings, and we also know that even those who have   Read More ...

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As government representatives gather Tuesday in Indonesia for what could be final negotiations towards a global trade agreement under the World Trade Organisation (WTO), environmentalists and social justice campaigners are urging them to specify that water resources cannot be treated as commodities. Critics of the privatisation and “financialisation” of natural   Read More ...

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Natural capital accounting is the latest effort to financialise our air, water, forests and land by putting a price on nature to save it. In the name of sustainable economic development, focusing on our natural capital, or environmental “assets”, the theory claims that if private companies and countries account for   Read More ...

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For centuries, water has been seen as a free public good, with no price attached. But as droughts, population growth and farming demand deplete aquifers worldwide, water prices and demand for innovative water technology are set to steadily rise, said experts. “The dry regions such as the American Southwest are   Read More ...

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