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People - water, sanitation and health at the 8th World Water Forum

Access to drinking water and basic sanitation is an essential human right, according to a declaration issued by the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN), since it responds to the guarantee of life and health of the population. In addition, the task of ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all was one of the objectives of sustainable development (ODS 6) established for 2030. The challenge of achieving this goal in little more than one Decade will require an extraordinary effort by the countries, multilateral institutions involved with the theme and society in general. In order to do so, it is necessary to explore new ways of overcoming existing obstacles, be they technical, financial, institutional arrangements and forms of cooperation between countries.

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Discuss People and the SDGs

  • 1 Which are the challenges for reaching these goals and targets in your community (city, state, country) ?
  • 2 Which are the opportunities for the implementation of these goals and targets in you community (city, state, country) ?

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Wellington Gabriel da Silva 1H's picture

Wellington Gabr... said:

A água é um recurso essencial para a vida. Por isso é necessário preserva-lá. Eis a questão. A vida só se tornou perceptível após o aparecimento da água. Para termos uma noção em relação a importância deste recurso basta parar e pensar. Por exemplo, nosso corpo é constituído de 75% de água. O que á torna indispensável para vida celular. E não só para o homem, mas, para outros seres que fazem parte do nosso planeta. Entretanto 97% da água está destinada aos oceanos e apenas 1 %, rios, lagos e etc.. O que ocasiona grande parte dos problemas pois necessitamos de água doce e no entanto possuímos em maior quantidade água sal...Read more

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TAYALLA BENICIO said:

Nem todos tem acesso a água e saneamento básico, isso são coisas básicas para sobrevivencia do ser humano e os governadores e regentes não ligam para esta situação, o mínimo que devemos fazer é economizar eses recursos e reevindicar desses mal usuários do poder público. A internet também é uma boa arma para chamar atenção deles para melhorias, mas se finjem de cegos e surdos.

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maria bernardet... said:

Demographic growth and migration will transform metropolitan cities and regions in the next decade and for this it is necessary to better the education in cities, the basic sanitation, the environmental legislation, the monitoring of seas, lakes and rives, the indicators of pollution in the cities too.

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Diana Iskreva replied:

Dear Maria,

Welcome to People e-room!

Thank you for raising these important issues. They would probably be addressed in some of the technical sessions during the World Water Forum dealing with capacity building.

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Diana Iskreva replied:

Dear Maria,

Welcome to People e-room!

Thank you for your contribution. You raise important issues for the society and maybe some of them will be discussed during the Forum in various sessions aiming at capacity building. 

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Maria Clara Cun... said:

Bom dia a todos.

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Diana Iskreva replied:

Dear Maria,

Welcome to People e-room!

It is my pleasure to meet such young person like you with very strong involvement and passion to improve the society. Wish you strength, motivation and positivism to succeed in your intentions!

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Maria Clara Cun... replied:

Dear Diana,

Thank you for the kind words. It is a pleasure to be part of this forum and to express my ideas and opinions.

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Davi Silva Fagundes said:

Dear Coordinators / Moderators of the Portal Your Voice, Good Morning!
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Diana Iskreva replied:

Dear Prof. Fagundes,

Thank you very much for supporting this idea that was already raised. It seems that people who are not going to be able to attend the Forum feel that Your Voice will give them the chance to stay connected, discuss and contribute.

As you are going to be a speaker at the Special Session organized by Your Voice, you will have the chance to make the proposal again during the Forum itself. I am also a strong supporter of the need of Your Voice to continue operating towards the 9th World Water Forum planned to be in Senegal after 3 years.

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Diana Iskreva replied:

Dear Prof Fagundes,

Wish you great event and so much hope that you will have also visitors and speakers among the visitors and participants of Your Voice!

Wish you full success! And lots of strength to continue the great work you do with your students!

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Davi Silva Fagundes replied:

Prezada Diana, Bom dia!

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Diana Iskreva replied:

Dear Prof. Fagundes,

Thank you very much for your nice words.

I am honored to be a speaker at the Special Session of Your Voice, where you are also invited as a speaker. Waiting to meet you and be able to exchange ideas in person.

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Davi Silva Fagundes said:

Dear Coordinators, Good morning!

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yoram sabary said:

In my opinion “No poverty” is the biggest challenge for the society on our planet. And I mean Not only from a moral reason ( which is very important ), it’s also effects our future on this planet because Whenever there’s poverty there’s no freedom of choice and you can leed people to actions of violence and wars. 

We have the knowledge and we have the technologies in order to defeat poverty it’s only a matter of cooperation between countries. 

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João Serras-Pereira replied:

Hi all -

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Diana Iskreva replied:

Dear John,

Welcome to People e-room!

Thank you very much for noticing the efforts put to moderate the People e-room.

It ia a pity, you did not find time to contribute to the discussion early as it is obvious that you have unique experience to share and benefit the global water community.

I truly believe, that Brazilian government will hear voices like yours to continue maintaining and developing the Your Voice platform and turn it into traditional e-room for discussion and sharing among water professionals, academia, youth and civil society representatives.

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João Serras-Pereira replied:

Dear Diana -

I hope the best for you and for the e-room and the Your Voice Platform. I'll do my best to keep in touch and possibly plan a visit to Brazil

I am a researcher at CEAUP (Centro de Estudos Africanos da Universidade do Porto) and just cannot find the time to teach (but I miss it). But the work in Guinea-Bissau is quite rewarding.

All the best for you

joao

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Diana Iskreva replied:

Dear Mr. Sabary,

Welcome to People e-room!

Thank you for raising this important issue. I fully join your opinion that poverty deprives children of opportunities for development and deprives people of choice making them vulnerable to manipulation and misuse.

Our experience shows that provision of water and sanitation service have a lot to do with elimination of poverty and opening opportunities for better education, better health and easier access to job market especially for women and girls; especially those living in rural areas.

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Rayssa de vasco... said:

Ola, eu sou Rayssa, estudante do Centro de Ensino Médio Taguatinga Norte, aluna do Professor Davi Silva Fagundes.

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Davi Silva Fagundes replied:

Prezada Rayssa, Bom Dia!

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Diana Iskreva replied:

Dear Rayssa,
Welcome to the People e-room!
Today, at the International Women Day you raise a very important issue of security that provides opportunities for young people, and especially for girls, to get better education and to live in safe towns and cities.
You are so lucky to have Professor Davi Silva Fagundes working with you.
Wish you success!

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Davi Silva Fagundes replied:

Dear Diana, Good morning!
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MARIA SOCORRO M... said:

Minha cidade é MONTES CLAROS/MG-Brasil.  Neste 5 últimos anos está com dificuldades na oferta de água. A principal fonte de abastecimento fora projetada para suprimento da demanda até o ano 2000. Por consequência, estão sendo utilizadas fontes de captação diversas, inclusive poços tubulares. A cidade possui população  residente e flutuante de, aproximadamente, 500,000 pessoas, sendo polo de saude e educação. Contudo o sanemaneto básico é deficiente. A Estação de tratamento não supre a demanda carecendo de aperfeiçoamento e ampliação do sistema. O rio que corta a cidade, como todos urbanos neste país é hoje esgoto...Read more

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Davi Silva Fagundes said:

Prezada Diana, Bom Dia!

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Dear Prof. Ragundes,
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Sebastião Jacin... said:

To start 2018 on the "right foot", the Mariana City Hall will launch the "Water Producer" project. 

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Diana Iskreva replied:

Dear Sebastiao,

Thank you immensely for the additional information you provided! It is a great example of ballansing contradictive interest in usage of water among urban area and farmers, as far as I understood. Does it also have to do anything with the Mariana mine crisis?

Please, do not worry about offering translation to your contribution as Your Voice webpage offers authomatic translation of the whole page into all Google Translator languages with a botton up left on the webpage.

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Sebastião Jacin... said:

Para 2018 começar com o pé direito, a Prefeitura de Mariana vai lançar o projeto “Produtor de Água”. 

O objetivo do programa é revitalizar as nascentes que são abastecidas pelo Rio Gualaxo do Norte, no distrito de Água Claras, em Mariana, na Região Metropolitana de Belo Horizonte (RMBH), com meta de revitalizar 250 nascentes. 

O Rio Gualaxo do Norte é importante fonte de abastecimento para a agricultura e pecuária local, sendo a revitalização das nascentes importante para a melhoria da qualidade e quantidade de água captada.

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Diana Iskreva replied:

Dear Sebastiao,

Welsome to People e-room!

Thank you for introducing this new for this e-room topic.

As the audience is mainly international, please, will you tell us more about the background of this project. What made it necessary to stop using these springs and what makes it now necessary/possible to revitalize them? 250 springs - how much is this; what % of closed for use springs do they account for? Mariana - does it have to do anything with the mine disaster a couple of years ago?

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Sebastião Jacin... replied:

As ações para a recomposição das nascentes em Mariana acontecem de inúmeras formas. Uma delas é a doação de mudas para moradores. Ao serem plantadas, as mudas ajudam no fortalecimento das nascentes. Até o momento, foram doadas mais de 800 mudas. Além da doação, a Secretaria de Meio Ambiente ministra orientações e educação ambiental para os produtores rurais com intuito de ajudar a preservação de nascentes em suas propriedades.

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Diana Iskreva replied:

Dear Sebastiao,

Thank you very much for the solutions you share!

It is important to identify the problems and it is even more important to apply the working solution to address the problems adequately.

It would be great if other colleagues also share working solutions applied successfully or not that successfully under certain circumstances.

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Diana Iskreva said:

Dear Colleagues,
I am very happy to inform you that there are three articles published by a professional journalist on cases raised via Your Voice platform. These articles are already feaured on World Water Forum website.
Two of these articles are on issues raised by active participants of the People e-room:
- professor David Silva Fagundes - http://www.worldwaterforum8.org/en/news/your-voice-participants-call-pro...
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- Kanna Vi Martin Luther - http://www.worldwaterforum8.org/en/news/your-voice-water-and-climate-int....
Congratulations!

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GREMBOMBO Adèle... said:

Problem of water quality arises in the production of vegetables in peri-urban areas, because of the scarcity of water in the dry season in developing countries in the intertropical area (example of Central African Republic)

Producers use wastewater from wells or small streams to water vegetables. While some vegetables are eaten raw. This practice is dangerous for consumers ‘health because some vegetables are eaten raw. 

The best solution are:

- NGOs must educate vegetable growers on well maintenance 

- Government provide boreholes to producers for watering vegetables. 

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Diana Iskreva replied:

Dear Grembonbo,
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GREMBOMBO Adèle... replied:

Dear Iskreva,

I think ,it is crucial to find a sustainable solution for consumer's health safety

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Diana Iskreva replied:

Dear Grembombo,

Welcome to People e-room!

Thank you for raising a very important issue - the link between water and healthy food, and the link between water and sustainable food production.

I believe, many visitors of this e-rrom are interested in the topics and hpefully will make contribution to these?

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Witmer said:

They “got” it already in 1992: Dublin principles, the Rio principles, Beijing plan for action / CEDAW. So why is it not hapening? 3.Women play a central role in the supply, management and  safeguarding of water.

key role in water management

 a place at the decision-making table (water governance)

We need an UN year on water and women to ensure promisses are implemented.

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Diana Iskreva replied:

Thank you, Lesha, for reminding 1992!

Surely, we need a year on water and women to ensure that Dublin principles, the Rio principles, Beijing plan for action, etc. are finally put into implementation.

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Witmer said:

•Equality is impossible without equal access to water and sanitation for all for all uses – so connect implementation of SDG6 and 5 (see inter alia Brief for HLPW and UN Water report)

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Diana Iskreva replied:

Dear Lesha,

Thank you for your passionate and informative contribution!

Please, will you check the link at the end - it is actually not working.

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Witmer said:

For the first time ever, with the adoption especially of SDG Target 6.3 ( “by 2030, …, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally”) water quality issues such as waste water (treatment and re-use of used water) has come to the attention of a broader public. Wastewater is not on top of the list when people talk about gender issues and water. But is wastewater gender neutral (as some key players seem to think)?

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Diana Iskreva replied:

Dear Lesha,

Welcome to People's e-room!

Thank you for raising some very important issues that were not yet discussed with the attention they surely deserve into this e-room.

I very much believe that your structured and informative contribution would lay a platform for a fruitful discussion.

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Donna Iredale said:

Hello Diana,

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Dear Donna,
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Marcelo da Cunh... said:

Existe uma regulação oficial no Brasil (uma Lei) que diz que somente uma empresa pública pode ser responsável pelo uso de água para as pessoas. Na minha opinião esta Lei deveria ser mudada de forma que as pessoas que coletassem água da chuva em suas casas pudessem armazena-las e depois descartá-las nas redes de esgoto da empresa pública de saneamento.

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Diana Iskreva replied:

Dear Marcelo,

Welcome to People e-room!

Thank you for this very new for our discussion aspect that you raise: regulatory framework.

Surely, in the context of so called circular economy, your suggestion should be taken into serious consideration. Have you ever made such proposal officially? Do you know about similar legislation existing in some other countries? How do you plan to present your suggestion for legislative amendment during the World Water Forum?

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Providing global access to safe water and sanitation – and thus increasing human health and dignity particularly of poorest populations – requires strong capacities and good governance structures and mechanisms, as well as the ability to share experiences, practices and knowledge. Any action should consider long-term sustainability.

The 8th World Water Forum will host focused discussions on these cross-cutting subjects – capacity, governance, sharing and sustainability – in order to identify the main hindrances and actions required to overcome difficulties that are common to the 6 core themes (climate, people, development, urban, ecosystems and financing).

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Hassan Aboelnga said:

Dear All, 

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Gloria Águeda García García's picture

Gloria Águeda G... said:

En 2013 y 2014 nuestra organización obtuvo un financiamiento de Fundación Merced y Fundación Bancomer, para un programa de saneamiento ambiental en la comunidad de Palzoquiticpan, municipio de Cosautlán de Carvajal, Veracruz, comunidad con un grado demarginación alto.  El proyecto respondía a un problema en la comunidad en la que no se contaba con almacenamiento de agua, no había drenaje, no había sanitarios adecuados. Fue un proyecto cuyo impacto se reflejo de inmediato, en cada módulo de servicio construído,el beneficio final fue para 33 familias que mejoraron sus condiciones sanitarias y disminuyeron la contaminación del suelo y subsuelo.

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Carolina Semrau said:

Sem água não há vida. A existência de água em quantidades e qualidade adequadas é um dos principais elementos para que o desenvolvimento possa ocorrer. Sabemos da importância de preservar esse precioso recurso, no entanto, não é algo que indivíduos, empresas e governos façam espontaneamente, pois isso requer conhecimento, consciência, cuidados, leis, fiscalização, investimentos e ação conjunta e coordenada. Dessa forma, a água é questão essencial ligada à sustentabilidade e que deve ser elemento central ligado a políticas de desenvolvime...Read more

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Diana Iskreva replied:

Dear Carolina,

Thank you immensely for the excellent argumentation for the need and benefit of involving and empowering the citizens! These are arguments thechnical experts but especially politicians have to hear!

Please, follow the Forum website for the opportunity to participate in the 8th World Water Forum. At the moment there is an open call for speakers at the website.

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Diana Iskreva replied:

Dear Carolina,

Thank you very much for your contribution!

Actually, there are opportunities for citizens to present their project ideas and projects. Please, follow the Forum website for additional information. Wish you success!

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Mara Lúcia Carn... said:

Estimada Diana

É muito importante que busquemos propostas  para garantir a sustentabilidade dos serviços em área rural e pequenas comunidades.É também um desafio garantir a operação e manutenção dos serviços, considerando que muitos ficam sob a responsavilidade da propria comunidade.

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Saif Khan said:

Well, that’s a quiet big discussion. In Pakistan, the progress towards SGD 6 is quite slow and we are far behind the targets. Pakistan lacks appropriate water & sanitation policies, laws and regulations and wherever it exists, the implementation is a challenge. The access to clean drinking water was not a big challenge before but with continuous extraction of the ground water, polluting the surface water and no proper regulations on industrial waste disposal are the biggest challenges for access to clean drinking water.

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Diana Iskreva replied:

Dear Saif Khan,

Thank you immensely for the excelently structured and detailed response.

Wish you full success in your efforts for better water policy and practices in Pakistan!

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Diana Iskreva said:

Dear Water Colleagues,

There are a couple of days left - until the end of this week, before this cycle of discussions will be closed.

Let us concentrate on the conclusions and summary of the work done during the latest couple of months in this e-room.

Please, feel free to give suggestions for the key messages that you believe have to enter into this e-room final summary on the cross-cutting issues: Capacity, Governance, Sharing, Sustainability.

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Ian Davey IAH said:

The high quality of most groundwaters, resulting from the self-purification capacity of soils and underlying rocks, has long been a key factor in human health and wellbeing. More than 50% of the world’s population now rely on groundwater for their supply of drinking water. Aquifers used for drinking water supplies should be assessed and monitored for pollution risks. In most cases a properly located and soundly-engineered water-well that prevents direct entry of pollutants, such as pathogenic organisms, fuels or other contaminants, represents a low-cost, reliable and safe source. Collaborative actions by a range of water-users will help protect this vital resource....Read more

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Diana Iskreva replied:

Dear Ian,

Welcome to this e-room!

The issue of low-cost, reliable and safe source for drinking water is of high importance. How do you see this reflected by the targets under SDGs and mainly under SDG 6 (water and sanitation) and SDG 3 (health)?

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Ian Davey IAH replied:

Hi Diana

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Diana Iskreva replied:

Dear Ian,

Thanks immensely for your feed-back! The reference is extremely interesting - I hope, many people from this e-room will read it.

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Gloria Águeda G... said:

Llegando al foro,  me interesa mucho el tema de saneamiento rural, y me gustaría compartir la experiencia en una comunidad del estado de Veracruz, México.

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Mara Lúcia Carn... replied:

Estimada Gloria. Por favor es de grand importancia para nosotros conocer su experiencia en el tema de saneamiento rural. Uno de los mayores problemas aca en Brasil es garantizar la operacion y mantenimiento de los servicios, especilamente cuando la responsabilidad de la operacion es de la comunidad.

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Diana Iskreva replied:

Dear Gloria,

You are most welcome to share your experience on rural sanitation in this e-room.

Rural sanitation is also my favorite topic. How do you see the sustainable solution for safe rural sanitation?

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Mara Lúcia Carn... said:

Prezados participantes deste importante debate. Lembramos  que a discussão  do tema "Sustentabilidade" terminará em 13 de agosto e que todos devem  deixar, o quanto antes,  seus comentários finais para este assunto.

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Paula said:

Dear all, 

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Diana Iskreva replied:

Dear Paula,

Thank you very much for the information!

Would you present to us in a couple of paragraphs the Thirst Zero concept? How do you see its role for the more efficient approach for the implementation of the SDGs for water and other sectors?

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Saif Khan said:

Water is becoming a scarce commodity in the country. The per capita water availability is decreased from 5,650 cubic meters to 990 cubic meters from 1947 to 2013. There is no planning at national or provincial level for water safety and water resources conservation. The ground water is brutally exploited by people, agriculture and industrial sector. There are more than 1.1 million tube wells used for agriculture purposes where 37 MAF water is extracted from ground against 35 MAF recharge capacity.

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Diana Iskreva replied:

Dear Saif Khan,

Thank you for sharing with us the amaising work you are doing!

In the context of SDGs, what would be the greatest challenge according to you that Pakistan will face; and what would be the most effective measures that have to be taken as soon as possible?

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Saif Khan replied:

Well, that’s a quiet big discussion. In Pakistan, the progress towards SGD 6 is quite slow and we are far behind the targets. Pakistan lacks appropriate water & sanitation policies, laws and regulations and wherever it exists, the implementation is a challenge. The access to clean drinking water was not a big challenge before but with continuous extraction of the ground water, polluting the surface water and no proper regulations on industrial waste disposal are the biggest challenges for access to clean drinking water.

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Syed Semab Haider said:

Hello

I am working in Pakistan on safe drinking water and Health. It is great opportunity to share the knowledge and experience related to safe water and its impact on economy. I would like to suggest that we have to share our concepts and experience regarding safe drinking water and its direct affect on health and economy.

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Hassan Aboelnga replied:

Hello Mr. Sayed, thank you for your contribution. It would be great if you share with us your experience and insights in Pakistan and How can People – water, sanitation and health stimulate collaborative actions that will lead to a sustainable use of water resources in Pakistan

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Naomi Tobita said:

Hello, this is Naomi from Japan. Water issues in this archipelago is not that much recognized as regional issues as we do not share directly the source with other nations. Though I guess that is one reason why there still remains rather too relaxed approach about the matter especially for urban planning. As this is a country of Confucian tradition, the decision makers in governments are often over 60 years old and it is not rare to find them without sufficient knowledge of sustainability and water ......Read more

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Hassan Aboelnga replied:

Thanks so much Mr. Naomi for your contribution. I do agree with you, putting water at the top of the agenda has a crucial part of tackling water challenges and implementation of IWRM approach. Water connects, it doesn’t separate – what manifests itself as a regional or local crisis quickly becomes a global problem. Water crises affect economies of all sizes.

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Alberto said:

Me gustaría poner a disposición un reciente estudio de Gestión,  desde un enfoque legal... saludos a todos

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Diana Iskreva replied:

Welcome Alberto,

Maybe you can make here a summary of the study of half a page and put a link for those who would be interested to study it in details?

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Ana Alice De Carli said:

A correlação feita entre água, saneamento e saúde é perfeita, uma vez que são questões tão imbricadas que não dá para pensar de forma estanque sobre cada uma.

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Diana Iskreva replied:

Dear Ana Alice,

You - Brazilians, are very lucky that your Constitution gives you the right of access to water and sanitation!

It is not like this in many other countries.

Will you bring some more details on the legislative background that guarantees access to water and sanitation in Brazil? Are the standards similar for various states and for various types of settlements? What is the efficiency of enforcement?

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Boniface Aleobua said:

Dear Water Colleagues, great to be on this platform. My name is Boniface Aleobua, working for the African Development Bank, and currently based in Mozambique in Southern Africa.

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Diana Iskreva replied:

Dear Boniface Aleobua,

Thank you immensely for your contribution!

Of course, the issues you raise are so important as sustainable approach is in its foundations a long-run approach. Capacity and motivation to maintain the introduced infrastructure is crucial, so is the cultural acceptability of the facilities/services.

That's why the development projects have to involve all stakeholders at the earliest phase - with the beginning of the planning and design, and keep all stakeholders involved through the whole period of project implementation. This approach would avoid general mistakes usually done. It also builds ownership in the community in long-run.

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Wang Zhihui said:

Water issues are regional, and in the Pearl River Basin, we have the basin agency to coordinate the water users in the different locations of the river and to formate the unified targets of the water,  sanitation and health. Collaborative actions can be organized by many ways,  and the administrative calls and orders given by the river basin agency is one of the working ways, as it is operating in the Pearl River Basin in South China.

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Diana Iskreva replied:

Dear Wang Zhihui,

Thank you so much for sharing your administrative and management approach for the sharng of water in the Pearl River Basin in South China.

Maybe, you would share some more details or some online links for these who would like to learn more.

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LUIZ ALBERTO RO... said:

A contribuição para implementação de políticas ou projetos de gestão integrada de recursos hídricos (GIRH) considerando aspectos de água, saneamento e saúde das pessoas pressupõe oportunidades de participação nos Colegiados Hídricos detentores de recursos e que implantaram os seus instrumentos. Com a bagagem amealhada ao longo de multifárias capacitações e participações diretas, trazendo todo o cabedal de conhecimentos e vivências. Assim tem sido feitro no âmbito dos Comitês da Bahia e do Rio São Francisco, colaborando e participando na confecção de projetos hidroambientais e de saneamento, eleitos como prioritários, além da devida fiscalização.

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Diana Iskreva replied:

Dear Luiz Alberto,

Thank you very much for your contribution.

Integrated Water Resource Management is really a concept of sharing. 

Will you share with us in this e-room some more details of your experience in dos Comitês da Bahia e do Rio São Francisco, and how you will be able to contribute for the 8th World Water Forum in March 2018?

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Fan Qunfang said:

In order to better share solutions and good practices about water, sanitation and health, a public information platform should be construct to publish water quality, water management policy, water withdrawal allowance, and etc.. Through this platform, the public can comment on the water quality, sanitation and water pollution, the water management can in time publish the newest water management policy or institution. Good practices can be shared and solutions of emergency incident can be also provided through this platform. The forms of the platform can be website, we-chat, or other forms. Maybe we-chat is a popular form.

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Diana Iskreva replied:

Dear Fan Qunfang,

Thank you very much for the excellent proposal.

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Paulo Roberto said:

When I read cooperation between countries brings me concern with my location that has a sewage network or the open sky or being dumped in the rivers. How something that reaches the nation can reach the place?

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Diana Iskreva replied:

Dear Paulo,

Your concern is very much understandable.

Please, will you share your vision for sustainable management of sewage for your community and for Brazil.

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RICARDO ALBA ALDANA said:

Ok, thanks Diana for your comments and your sincere message,

We hope to see you in Brazil

Best regards

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RICARDO ALBA ALDANA said:

Hello Diana, I'm very happy to greet you again. Thank you for your comments on our modest work. Casually, I remembered our last meeting at the International Water Week in Korea, KIWW 2016. Last week we registered our participation in KIWW 2017 with a project called "Ekoducha H2O+ Reuse of gray water and circular economy, which will complement the Rainwater collecting systems in dry seasons.

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Diana Iskreva replied:

Dear Ricardo,

You are doing really great job! Thank you immensely for sharing so many details with all of us participating in this e-room. 

Wish you the greatest success again at the International Korean Water Week later this year! And hope to meet you this time in Brasilia for the 8th World Water Forum with another exciting soluion!

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People - 1st Discussion Feb - Apr 2017

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The 8th World Water Forum will have Water and People as one of its central themes, focusing on access to water, sanitation in all its aspects, and water and health issues. In order to reach that, three topics have been set to comprise the debate questions under People. The following topics should split into Thematic Sessions and other debate stages during the 8th World Water Forum in 2018:

  1. Enough safe water for all
  2. Integrated sanitation for all
  3. Water and public health

Considering the above topics about People – Water Sanitation and Health:      

  1. What are the major challenges under each topic that concern civil society and communities and need to be raised for debate during the 8th World Water Forum?
  2. How those challenges apply to problems in your city, community or neighbouring surroundings?

Your feedback is going to support the organisation instances of the Forum in the definition of Thematic Sessions and other opportunities for debate during the event.

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Letícia França ... said:

 Bom dia, primeiramente queria agradeçer ao forúm mundial da água por nos disponibilizar a participar das discussões, o que pode nos ajudar a pensar no que estamos fazendo, porque mesmo com o racionamento da água muitas pessoas estão disperdiçando água, talvez com essas discussões aqui as pessoas vejam que se não "cuidarmos" do resto da água que temos ela vai acabar e não vai ter nada que possamos fazer pra reverter a siuação, o que temos que fazer é economizar enquanto temos. Sobreos temas abordados nem todos tem acesso à água segura, ao saneamento e nem saúde o que temos que "dar" um jeito de ajudar quem não tem.

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Aguenkeu Mefinn... said:

evening everyboding

In a country like my own and many other’s sud Saharan country I strongly believes that the quantity of fresh water available is more than enough to supply the entire population but the problems which I think should be tackle during the conference  are how to create awareness on the leader’s of those country on the necessity to proper manage the available water resources and how to efficiently construct potable water supply scheme.

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Masroor Ahmad replied:

Dear Aguenkeu

You are spot on that the problem is more of management rather scarcity. I believe that awareness could be one among many tools for better management of available resources but the most appropriate and effective tool is improved water governance (through effective legislations), improved structure of service delivery institutions and effective enforcement of regulation.

masroor ahmad

Islamabad, Pakistan

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William said:

Boa noite senhoras e senhores, em minha opnião deveria investir mais em processos de capitação de água, porque tem muita região que chove bastante e acaba sofrendo com a falta de água! Mas queria da os parabéns tambem pelo fato de ter colocado o racionamento , assim a população tenha um pouco mais de noção de o quanto à água e importante!

William Franco Melo - CEMTN

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Davi Silva Fagundes replied:

Prezado William, Bom Dia!

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Luiggi Ballardo said:

Buenas tardes a todos

En mi opinion los retos mas grandes en los cuales la poblacion esta sumamente interesada son:

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Shahid Mallick said:

In Bangladesh rivers are being polluted maiinly by corporate business. 

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Dr John Coulter said:

Water availability is governed by the number of people demanding water from a particular source and the size and sustainability of that source. Unless emphasis is placed firmly on limiting human populations through making access to family planning and to contraception then human populations will always tend to outstrip supply. It's not a shortage of water but a longage of people that creates the present dire situation. Unless this element is addressed we are wasting our time with international conferences.

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TCHOKOUATOU GHI... replied:

bonjour,

Dr John, certes que la croissance démographique est l'une des causes de pénurie d'eau dans nombreux pays, mais la solution ne résiste pas uniquement dans la limitation des naisances comme tu le propose car il ne faut pas oublier que la croissance démocraphique a son aspect positif pour le développement du pays

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ROSE ALABASTER replied:

Dear Dr Coulter, 

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Diana Iskreva replied:

Dear Rose,

Dear John,

It is a nice debate going on here! Cases like these bring so much live and sense to our e-room!

I very much agree with Rose's statement. For example, I come from a country (Bulgaria) which population has been constantly shrinking for negative population natural growth rate since early 1980s, topped with intensive emigration rate since mid-1990s. The result is that in 1982 the population was 9 million and today it is about (or even less than) 6 million people.

At the same time the access to and quality of drinking water, and especially to sanitation has not improved, but even got worse especially in rural areas.

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ROSE ALABASTER said:

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Dear Rose,
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Diana Iskreva said:

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André Scantimburgo said:

Mais do que assegurar a sustentabilidade da água e democratizar o seu acesso  por meio da universalização do saneamento básico, torna-se de extrema importância reconhecer a água como um direito fundamental. Além disso, a água deve se manter como um bem público sob responsabilidade do Estado e da sociedade, não podendo ser objeto de especulação financeira e privatização. 

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Diana Iskreva replied:

Dear Andre,

Welcome to the PEOPLE's e-room! I cannot agree more that access to safe water and sanitation is a fundamental human right! Please, look down through the discussion to read a number of comments and exchange on this topic, and to contact potential collaborators for joint action on water and sanitation as human rights for possible thematic session at the 8th World Water Forum.

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Michael Anjello... said:

If we do not waste safe drinking water then it is going to benefit all of us. We can also think of rain water harvesting in each and every house and in institutions. Using nanotechnology we can reduce the evaporation of water and the saved water can be used as safe drining water during summer seasons to some extent.

Efficient usage of water should form one of the agendas in the forum which should be easily understood by the grass root people and illiterate ones.

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Diana Iskreva replied:

Dear Michael,

Thank you very much for your contribution!

You are the 1st person to mention "rainwater" in this e-room. Please, will you specify whether you mean usage of rainwater for drinking, sanitation and hygiene or for other purposes?

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Michael Anjello... replied:

Dear Diana,

As we all know rainwater is the purest form of water on our earth. It can be used mainly for drinking purposes even after a long period of storage. If it is in excess we can use it for other domestic purposes also.

Best regards.

Truly,

Jothi

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Masroor Ahmad said:

I have just use the voting option and must congratulate all who are behind the hard work of compilation and categorization. As we all know water is a complex sector and is becoming more and more a contested commodity due to urbanization, economic boom, climate change and disasters. I am sure discussion must have been made on the role of legislations (policies ad laws), Institutions (from governance to structures and from financing to service delivery) and accountability – but I did not see these in the list. For shared vision, prosperity and equality we must highlight he role of policies, intuitions who are responsible for service delivery and their accountability mechanism.

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Diana Iskreva replied:

Dear Masroor,

You are right that the role of legislation was not included in the list of potential session themes for the 8th World Water Forum. It is only for the fact that no one until this week had raised these issues at all in this e-room. As a moderator, I am going to turn the attention of the Thematic Secretariat that a number of participants this week raised already this issue and insisted that it had to become a part of the thematic process priorities.

Thank you for your contribution!

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Diana Iskreva said:

Vote to Choose the Issues to Debate at the 8th World Water Forum.

Why Vote?

Since mid-February this year, people from around the world have contributed to a set of online discussions (called Your Voice) that will help to prepare the 8th World Water Forum in Brasília-Brazil, in 2018.

After 6 weeks of lively debate, 90 water issues have been identified and are now presented for voting at worldwaterforum8.org, in 4 languages.Until April 23, worldwaterforum8.org provides the opportunity for anyone to vote for the issues that should be debated at the 8th World Water Forum. 

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ROSE ALABASTER said:

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Masroor Ahmad replied:

Dear Rose

You are spot on and I would like to draw your attention towards the bigger question of Governance. Right Policies, strong framework and robust monitoring may not  (the results of improved WASH situation) if the institutional governance is poor or weak.

Masroor

Water Governance Specialist

Islamabad, Pakistan

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Diana Iskreva replied:

Dear Rose,

It is great to meet you here! 

Thank you immensely for rasing these very imporant issues! Some of them - e.g. legal framework, were not rasied in this e-room before. I hope, you also visited the Governance e-room where you can also bring out issues for consideration and discussion.

And please, enter the voting page at English - http://www.worldwaterforum8.org/ and vote for the themes you consider most imporant to have sessions on during the 8th World Water Forum, 2018. You may vote under any thematic and cross-cutting theme.

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DAUDA I.FIKA said:

The scarcity of water in some part of arid to semi arid regions of north eastern part of Nigeria is forcing people to use any available water  regardless of quality, in most of our communities water quality is not considered as an issue.

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Hassan Aboelnga replied:

Thanks Dauda for your contribution. I think you mean the camps in this area where more than a million people have been displaced by violence in north-eastern Nigeria, most of them settling in host communities where basic services are scarce. Providing clean water and improved sanitation goes a long way towards protecting the health of children.

It would be great if you give us more insights on this issue 

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Diana Iskreva replied:

Dear Dauda,

Your concern is understandable! Do you have information about some links between driking water quality and human health in NE Nigeria? How do you think, the problem could be presented at the 8th World Water Forum?

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Shahid Mallick replied:

Hi Diana, Currently I am doing a research on water pollution and public health in Bangladesh and my focus in on a particular riverside people and river name is Bangshi. We are hopeful to share you the findings of the research soon

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Diana Iskreva said:

THE DEADLINE IS 23 APRIL!

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Shahid Mallick replied:

I have voted

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Natália Gaspar said:

Caros colegas,

É preciso garantir água limpa para o abastecimento humano - residências, escolas, hospitais - como prioridade sobre qualquer outro uso. A cobrança deve ser aplicada somente aos grandes usuários.

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Diana Iskreva replied:

Dear Natalia,

Welcome to the PEOPLE e-room!

Will you, please, explain more about your recommendation. Do you suggest that water has to be provided for free to schools and hospitals? It is not very clear at least from the English translation. As I do not know a word in Portugues, I am using the google translator available with a direct link at the upper left corner of the World Water Forum website. You may decide to do the same to read my reply :-)

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John Emilio Tatton said:

Caros Colegas

Estamos justamente agora nesse momento em sala de aula estudando e refletindo sobre a questão dos Recursos Hídricos e Saneamento.

Somos da Faculdade de Engenharia da FAAP em São Paulo. www.faap.br

Somente com o esforço coletivo das partes interessadas - universidade, empresas, prefeituras e sociedade civil exercitaremos a gestão da água mais justa.

#SOMOSTODOSÁGUA

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Diana Iskreva replied:

Dear John Emilio,

Why do not put us in contact with the other colleagues around you :-) They sure have opinions to share!

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John Emilio Tatton said:

Caros colegas

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Diana Iskreva replied:

Dear John Emilio,

Great that you decided to share this information!

It is a problem, a large problem! And, of course, it is not one simple reason that caused it, and it is not one stakeholder that can solve it! When the official statistics says 12 million inhabitants, they are usually not less than 15... And even 12 million living on a very limited overcrowded area - all with their needs, then - there is usually a problem.

What is your personal opinion? How this problem has to be tackled now and today? Where to start from? Who has to lead the stakeholders in their efforts to identify a sustainable solution?

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THE DEADLINE IS 23 APRIL!

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Davi Silva Fagundes said:

Prezados Coordenadores e Secretaria Executiva do 8º Fórum Mundial da Água, Bom Dia!

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Diana Iskreva replied:

Dear Mr. Fagundes,

As I promised to your earlier, I forwarded your comment to the Forum Secretariat. They suggest that you sent your proposals to them at secretariat@worldwaterforum8.org or contact@worldwaterforum8.org. The Forum Secretariat will consider all new issues that have emerged from the recent discussions and contributions in the e-rooms. 

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Davi Silva Fagundes replied:

Dear Diana, Good morning!

Thankful for the information. I will be sending the proposals to the secretariat of the forum.

I am fully prepared here in Brasilia.

When the World Forum is held, I want to get to know it and exchange information.

Att.,

Davi Silva Fagundes

Brasília - Brazil

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Davi Silva Fagundes said:

Prezados Coordenadores e Secretaria Executiva do 8º Fórum Mundial da Água, Bom Dia!

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Diana Iskreva replied:

Dear Prof. Fagundes,

Thank you for your message! I will highlight it to the Forum Secretariat and Forum experts on your request, as I have no means to asure you that these people are reading all the contributions in Your Voice.

As you are based in Brazilia, as far as I understand, you probably will take part in the 2nd Stakeholders' Meeting, 26-27 April, and would also be able to raise your concerns directly there?

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Gustavo Aranha said:

O ser humano necessita de água, somos compostos em maioria por ela e a usamos diariamente. Garantir água potável a toda população tem se mostrado um desafio quase impossível, mas tem de ser um esforço que precisamos cumprir. A água é um recurso natural, vital para cada ser humano, é um direito humano ter acesso ao mínimo de água.

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clara osorio said:

Boa noite, me chamo Clara Osorio e sou estudante de Engenharia Civil no Rio de Janeiro.

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Libel Pereira d... said:

Vivo em um das cidades com menor percentual de serviços de saneamento do Brasil. O nosso desafio é fazer com que as pessoas comecem a cobrar do estado uma condição de vida digna e sustentável.

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