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Featured Organizations (Winter 2016)

Imagine H2O inspires new solutions to key water problems, and offers a path to market for promising entrepreneurs and innovations, building on Silicon Valley technologies and ideas.

Freshwater Habitats Trust works to protect all freshwaters in the UK, including those that are small and undervalued like headwater streams, ponds, flushes and ditches…for everyone to enjoy.

Freshwater Watch recruits and organizes citizen scientists to monitor water quality anywhere in the world.  See this 3-min video about their approach.

 

Ethics, Water, Climate Change, and COP21

The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, or COP 21, was held in Paris, France, from 30 November to 12 December 2015. This is the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) and the 11th session of the Meeting of the Parties to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol.

Lucy Rodina, WEN social media manager and PhD student at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, shares the relationship between climate change, water and people. Read the article, Ethics, Water, Climate Change, and COP21, on our blog.

International Society for Environmental Ethics

The annual conference of the (enviroethics.org)  was held in Kiel, Germany in July this year. The Water Ethics Network organized three sessions on water ethics, led by by David Groenfeldt, Founder and Director of the Water-Culture Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Founder of the Water Ethics Network, and Rafael Ziegler, Professor of Political Philosophy and Environmental Ethics at the University of Greifswald. Among the main objectives of the water ethics sessions was a discussion of the Water Ethics Charter, an initiative of the Water Ethics Network and collaborators. The events were well attended and contributed to important discussions about how to move forward with the Water Ethics Imitative.

Water Ethics in the Paris Climate Talks

Ethics is increasingly acknowledged as a driver for mitigating climate change and its effects, but the specific potential of water ethics is rarely mentioned. Thus, the series of sessions organized by the NGO, France Libertés during the upcoming Paris Climate Talks are of special importance.  Topics will include Indigenous Peoples’ and Youth perspectives, and strategies for re-establishing social solidarity around water.

Agroecology in the News

What are the returns from investing 2/3 of the world’s freshwater into agriculture and how can we get more total value from Ag water?  The E-Consultation on Transitions to Agroecology invites your thoughts about potential synergies between ecosystems and food production.  Please respond by 11 December via this questionnaire.

In other news, the CGIAR Program on Water, Land, and Ecosystems has issued a report on its activities, entitled,  “One year of uniting agriculture and nature for poverty reduction.”