THERE IS WATER, BUT IS THERE COMMON SENSE?
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The delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan headed by the Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis, Boriy Alikhanov, is taking part in the World Water Week, held from August 27 to September 2, 2017, in Stockholm, Sweden.
A remarkable aphorism: The Stone Age ended not because the stones ran out, and the oil century ended not because oil ran out.
Similarly, in the history of civilization, the end of the water age will be associated not with the disappearance of water, but with its effective use and guaranteed access to this resource of everyone, regardless of its habitat, social status and financial situation.
Since 1991, the Stockholm International Water Institute annually holds the World Water Week in the Swedish capital. From 2 to 3 thousand representatives of governmental organizations, business and scientific sector from more than 100 countries, get together to discuss ways of developing global water resources.
According to international experts, with reasonable and rational use of even existing reserves would be enough for all the inhabitants of the planet. However, the world is increasingly confronted with the manifestations of the world water crisis. Over the last century, not only has the use of water resources increased six-fold, but also its amount on Earth has declined because of environmental pollution and irrational use of fresh water.
Many researchers are persistently trying to justify scenarios for the development of water use for decades to come. As a rule, these calculations are based on two stable trends - population growth and global warming. While forecasts are not very consoling: UNESCO predicts that by 2030, more than 3 billion people will suffer from a lack of water resources.
Speaking at the Swedish forum, the Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis, the head of the Eco-Movement of Uzbekistan, Boriy Alikhanov, stressed: the Uzbek side believes that the use of water resources of the trans-boundary rivers of Central Asia should be solved taking into account the interests of more than 60 million people living in all countries of the region , any actions carried out on those rivers should not have a negative impact on the existing ecological and water balance. In order to strengthen mutual understanding among all Central Asian countries and to establish openness and transparency in relations, we consider it necessary to take joint efforts to find mutually acceptable solutions for addressing the issue of rational and equitable use of the region’s water resources.
Today, according to experts, 1.8 billion people live without access to clean water.