Sunday, March 22, 2015

Improved survival for children with adapted water technology – 02elf Düsseldorf Evening Gazette



The international community must for water security in poor countries much stronger focus on locally adapted and sustainable techniques. This explained Jonas Schubert, Policy Officer for Environmental Rights of the Child of the international Children’s Fund terre des hommes, on the occasion of World Water Day on 22 March. »Still die each year about 1.5 million children around the contaminated water. To prevent this, the numerous dams must in future be much greater emphasis on appropriate technologies rather than on large projects such as dams. “

For example, on the Mekong River in Southeast Asia limit, according to the terre des hommes partner organization KESAN fish stocks and so threatening biodiversity one that the existence of the Thai fishing families at risk. “This, too, is one of the human rights violations that now even the World Bank President Jim Yong Kim admits as part of dam projects financed by the World Bank. terre des hommes calls over that much to invest more in locally appropriate technologies. Such a model could, for example, in Peru thanks to international support from a traditional technique be developed to become regional action in the highlands of the Andes unfolds. “

In the Peruvian community Ayacucho terre des hommes partner organization ABA in common created with farming families under low machinery use in high valleys of the Andes by small stone and earth dams ponds that store rainwater. Thus, the pastures and fields of the farmers are irrigated in the lower regions. Even the most vulnerable to climate change and the melting of the Andean glaciers drinking water supply of the city Huamanga can be secured in this way. “This funded jointly with the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development program, the Peruvian Minister of Environment Award at the World Climate Conference in Lima in December last year as the best example of successful adaptation to climate change,” said Jonas Schubert

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