Archive | News RSS for this section

Today is World Water Day

Today, we celebrate water as the source of human well-being and development. As such, its limited availability calls for more than careful management; it calls for governance which mandates, enables and regulates its usage in a manner that is fair, transparent and efficient. At the heart of this governance is integrity, in intent and practice.

2015 marks the end of one phase of universal commitment to development -in the form of the Millennium Development Goals- and the beginning of another, the Sustainable Development Goals. The former set a goal which was a milestone on the road to universal access to safe water and sanitation. It is now of crucial importance that the Sustainable Development Goals delve deeper and place the universal commitment to integrity as the principle that ensures water governance is based on the three pillars of transparency, accountability and participation.

Ravi Narayanan

Chair of the Water Integrity Network

March 22, 2015

Agua más escasa y controlada por pocos en Chile

Por Jacopo Gamba, Coordinador Regional para América Latina, Coordinador de alianzas, monitoreo, evaluación y aprendizajes, Water Integrity Network

 

Este año, en el marco del Premio Latinoamericano para el periodismo de investigación COLPIN 2014, una mención particular se llevó el artículo y el trabajo desarrollado por CIPER, y su periodista Alberto Arellano, sobre el negocio del agua en Chile.

corruption_risks_in_water_licensing

Lejos de ser un tema desconocido a los chilenos y a los expertos de agua de toda la región, la escasez de este recurso fundamental está siendo objeto de un mercado cuyas dinámicas benefician a los más ricos. Mirado en sus detalles, el mercado del agua en tierra chilena no es, en teoría, desregulado: existen leyes vigentes y aplicadas.

El problema es que este marco normativo no tiene en cuenta comportamientos que, bien si estando dentro de la legalidad, entran en conflicto con los derechos humanos, como el derecho a acceder a agua. Siempre es complicado establecer y mantener un libre mercado cuando están en juego intereses colectivos, y obtener ganancias no puede priorizarse  sobre el goce de los derechos básicos de las comunidades y de los individuos.

Read More…

Call for Applications for the Swiss Environment Award 2014

logo-2

Each year, the Swiss Environment Foundation grants the Swiss Environment Award to individuals, companies or organisations, that contribute outstandingly to the protection and the conservation of nature and the environment.

In 2014, this prestigious award – endowed with CHF 30’000 CHF – will have a special focus on the reduction of global water consumption.

Within this framework, young people from all over Europe (especially Germany, Norway and Switzerland) are invited to develop and submit innovative ideas on how to reduce water consumption.

Read More…

Workers sue water operators over contract | The Jakarta Post

Workers sue water operators over contract | The Jakarta Post.

Jakarta Water Workers Union (SPAJ) has reported the city administration and private water operators to the Central Jakarta Court over a contract that the former said hampered the clean water provision for low-income households and burdened the city with debts.


Workers also said that the private operators, PT PAM Lyonnaise Jaya (Palyja) and PT Aetra Air Jakarta, did not pay its second-level employees — city-owned water company PAM Jaya workers that were assigned to work with the operators — properly and had suspended wage increases for the last 10 years.”