Journalists Urged to Report on Water Resources in the Caribbean

Global Water Partnership-Caribbean (GWP-C) has suggested that journalists put more effort into reporting the problems of water scarcity and sustainable management of water resources. Here are excerpt with a link to the full article below:

[Officials of the Global Water Partnership-Caribbean] note that this is especially important since the resource, without changes in current practices might become as rare and as costly as oil as early as 2050. The call is also being echoed by Patrick Cozier, secretary general of the Caribbean Broadcasting Union, which sponsored a GWP-C media training seminar held at Rockley Beach in Christ Church Barbados on December 9 and 10, 2010. “Water is the single most important element for our species, but we don’t seem to think about it on a daily basis,” Cozier said during his introductory address.

He noted that that Barbados has fallen into the lowest percentile globally for water resources, with 60 per cent of the commodity currently being lost to leakages from old infrastructure. At the same time, both the Government and residents seem unaware of looming scarcity issues. “There is no discourse. Only six per cent of the global population has access to potable water on a daily basis. We need to pay more attention to this dwindling resource,” Cozier said.

The GWP-C seminar was staged to encourage journalists to engage in the process of encouraging integrated water resources management (IWRM). Floyd Homer, workshop facilitator of GWP-C, pointed out that the management of water resources in many Caribbean islands was fragmented with the result that forward planning to prevent scarcity was largely lacking. [. . .] “Decision makers choose to be powerless because the population brings no pressure to bear. It is only when livelihoods are threatened that we see action,” Homer suggested.

For full article, see http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/-p-Journalists-urged-to-report-more-on-water—p—_8226443

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