Green Cross International (GCI) and World Waternet are joining forces to work together in the area of water. The aim of the collaboration is to enhance cooperation in international river basins through the provisions of capacity building in all aspects of the water cycle: drinking, waste, ground and surface water.
GCI President Alexander Likhotal, Vice-Mayor of the City of Amsterdam, Marijke Vos and Director of World Waternet, Gerard Rundberg signed a memorandum of understanding while GCI Founding President Mikhail Gorbachv and the Mayor of Amsterdam Job Cohen look on.
“In the memorandum the parties show their intention to cooperate in the near future on water projects in countries where water is or may become a source of conflict,” said Ms. Vos. Worldwaternet will offer its technical expertise to the local technicians. In this way the city of Amsterdam wants to make a contribution to a better, safer, healthier and cleaner world, to leave to our children and grandchildren. “
Since the resource of water transcends national boundaries, it is important that cooperation over this limited resource also goes across national boundaries. “There is no safe haven from nature’s polluted resources. The water time bomb must be defused,” explain GCI President Alexander Likhotal. “For starters, the politics has to transcend sovereignty.”
In addition, the collaboration will bring valuable expertise to GCI’s water activities, which include the Access to Water, Right to Water and Water for Peace programmes. GCI implements initiatives locally, nationally and internationally to meet rising demands.
GCI Founding President Mikhail Gorbachv and the Mayor of Amsterdam Job Cohen congratulate one another while GCI President Alexander Likhotal, Vice-Mayor of the City of Amsterdam, Marijke Vos and Director of World Waternet, Gerard Rundberg.
“Lack of technical expertise in many areas of the world leads to increased water scarcity, diseases, and death. This is a daily threat faced by millions of people. We also know that it is crucial to ensure that all people, including government leaders, learn how to best take up the challenges of managing and sharing water,” said David Alix, GCI International Water Programme Director. “For all these reasons, we’re glad to team up with World Waternet and collaborate on reinforcing our capacity building activities.”
World Waternet was established in 2007 to contribute to universal access to drinking water and adequate sanitary provisions in a safe water environment. The organization maintains long-standing Water Operator Partnerships (WOP’s) in order to build the capacity of public water utilities in the world, from the point of view that safe water and solid water management is the main carrier for achieving Millennium Development Goals.
Contact David Alix, GCI International Water Programme Director