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International Links

People and Planet.net:- The peopleandplanet.net provides a global review and internet gateway into the issues of population, poverty, health, consumption and the environment. It is published by Planet 21, an independent non-profit company and a registered British charity recognized by the United Nations. This site was launched in September 2000, this website replaces People & the Planet, the acclaimed quarterly online international magazine. The website is a great repository of information. The peopleandplanet.net aims to raise not only water issues but also highlights many other issues effectively. The website features articles on all kinds of social and environmental issues. It also features latest news, book reviews, documentaries, etc.

The Millennium Development Goals and Water:- The growing global water crisis threatens the security, stability and environmental sustainability of developing nations. Millions die each year from water-borne diseases, while water pollution and ecosystem destruction grow, particularly in the developing world. In its recent Millennium Declaration, the UN called on the nations of the world "to halve by the year 2015 (...) the proportion of people who are unable to reach, or to afford, safe drinking water" and "to stop the unsustainable exploitation of water resources, by developing water management strategies at the regional, national and local levels, which promote both equitable access and adequate supply."

The UN has the mandate, credibility and capacity to take on the task of systematically marshalling global water knowledge and expertise to develop over time the necessary assessment of the global water situation, as the basis for action to resolve water crisis.

In its 2000 Millennium Declaration, the United Nations set eight goals for development, called the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). These goals set an ambitious agenda for improving the human condition by 2015. In support of these goals, the Millennium Project was launched to recommend the best strategies for achieving the MDGs.

Water for Life:- Water for Life is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and promoting agricultural water rights while advocating responsible stewardship of the land. Today, Water for Life, Inc. is a growing organization that continues to uphold the founders' original intentions in fulfilling the role of advocate for the agricultural water user community. Over the years, many committed individuals, businesses and groups have helped Water for Life, Inc. grow into an organization of influence, recognized for its high standards of excellence and professionalism. Their mission is to focus on protecting agricultural water rights in context of environmental conservation.

Srilankan Waterfalls:- The Lanka Council on Water Falls (LCWF) is a leading Non Government Organization (NGO), which has been working on Sri Lankan Waterfalls since November 2000. Their primary goal is to create and advance public awareness of more than 382 Sri Lankan Waterfalls, to explore their potentialities and protect them from numerous threats by collective approach, preserving their natural beauty and environmental potentiality. To achieve this goal their programmes are designed to build a stronger, better-educated, and more closely connected network of different professionals, who are committed to explore, preserve, develop and share the benefits of the Waterfalls among the Sri Lankan people. The Lanka Council on Water Falls (LCWF) also offers memberships, volunteer programmes, etc. The website is very much informative and is dedicated to the promotion of waterfalls and their conservation.

WSP:- The Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) is an international partnership of the world's leading development agencies concerned with improving sector policies, practices and capacities to serve poor people. Our goal is to alleviate poverty by helping the poor gain sustained access to water and sanitation services. The Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) began in 1979 as a cooperative effort between The World Bank and the United Nations Development Program to look at cost-effective technologies and models for providing safe water and sanitation to the world's poor.

Consumers International:- Consumers International is a federation of consumer organisations dedicated to the protection and promotion of consumer rights worldwide through empowering national consumer groups and campaigning at the international level. It currently represents over 250 organisations in 115 countries and has regional offices in Europe (London), Asia/Pacific (Kuala Lumpur), Latin America/Caribbean (Santiago) and Africa (Harare).

Spate Irrigation:- Spate irrigation is a type of water management that is unique to semi-arid environments. It is found in the Middle East, North Africa, West Asia, East Africa and parts of Latin America. This website brings together information and best practices on spate irrigation.

Rainwater Harvesting - Solution to water crisis:- The website is developed by Centre for Science and Environment, a New Delhi based non-governmental organisation (NGO) has been promoting the revival of traditional systems of water harvesting as a practical solution for drought proofing the affected areas. The organisation has developed a comprehensive strategy to further the impact of its campaign for participatory, equitable and decentralised paradigm for water management.

InterWATER:- InterWATER is maintained and co-ordinated by IRC International Water and Sanitation Center, under the auspices of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council. InterWATER offers information about more than 650 organizations and networks in the water supply and sanitation sector, related to developing countries.

International Water and Sanitation Centre:- IRC is an independent, non-profit organization supported by and linked with the Netherlands Government, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Bank and the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council. IRC facilitates the sharing, promotion and use of knowledge so that governments, professionals and organizations can better support poor men, women and children in developing countries to obtain water and sanitation services they will use and maintain.

Water for Asian Cities:- Website of the Water for Asian Cities Programme includes best practices, articles and case studies on the following priority areas: monitoring of progress towards achieving Millennium Goal targets in the water and sanitation sector in Asian cities; promoting urban water demand management; promoting integrated urban environmental sanitation; income generation for the urban poor through community based water and sanitation services; pro-poor urban water governance. The Water for Asian Cities Programme is managed by UN-HABITAT with funding from theAsian Development Bank.

IW :Learn:- The mission of IW: LEARN is to build an Internet-based "global knowledge community" to protect, restore and sustain the world's aquifers, great lakes and river basins, coastal zones, seas and oceans. IWRC is sponsored by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and its United Nations and World Bank partners, IW: LEARN specifically builds capacity among trans-boundary water resource projects worldwide. The website is a good resource for water resource managers.

BBC World Service on Water Information:- To mark the UN year of fresh water, BBC world service investigates the growing world water shortage. Visit this website throughout 2003 for in-depth report on the looming water crisis.

WaterPartners International:- WaterPartners International is challenging the traditional approach to assisting people in developing countries. Its goal is to draw attention to the world's number one health problem, unsafe and inadequate water supplies, and to raise funds to help fight this immense problem, one community at a time. Details about its fact sheets, water-related disease facts, news about the global water crisis, and ideas on how to help are available on this website.

Global Water Partnership (GWP):- Global Water Partnership (GWP) is a working partnership among all those involved in water management, supporting countries in the sustainable management of their water resources. They include government agencies, public institutions, private companies, professional organizations, multilateral development agencies and others committed to the Dublin-Rio principles. It identifies critical knowledge needs at global, regional and national levels, helps design programs for meeting these needs, and serves as a mechanism for alliance building and information exchange on integrated water resources management.

3rd World Water Forum 2003:- The 3rd World Water Forum 2003 will be held from March 16-23 2003, in Japan. This website contains the Virtual Water Forum (VWF), the "Water Voice" project, a newsletter, calendar of events and related links. Some of the categories for searching its clearinghouse include coastal zone management; dams; droughts; ecosystems; floods; forest conservation; gender; ground water; rain water harvesting; transboundary water issues; water and poverty; water and culture; water and health; water scarcity; water security; water supply systems and wetlands. A Japanese language edition is also available online.

The World's Water :- This website complements the book called "The World's Water". It is a comprehensive reference on worldwide freshwater resources and the political, economic, scientific, and technological issues associated with them. Published every two years, The World's Water provides both detailed analysis of the most significant trends and events and up-to-date data on water resources and their use. They are essential references for water resources specialists, resource economists, planners, students, and anyone concerned with water issues. Water data and related links are some of the resources available online.

World Water Council (WWC) :- Established in France in 1996 as a non-profit non-governmental umbrella organization, the World Water Council is an international water policy think tank dedicated to strengthening the world water movement for an improved management of the world's water resources. It aims to promote awareness and build political commitment on critical water issues at all levels, including the highest decision-making level, to facilitate the efficient conservation, protection, development, planning, management and use of water in all its dimensions on an environmentally sustainable basis for the benefit of all life on earth. Reports, newsletters, downloadable documents from WWC's Vision Library; a calendar of events, members' section, application forms, and employment opportunities are available on this website.

United Nations Environment Programme's Dams and Development Project (UNEP-DDP) :- The UNEP Dams and Development Project (DDP) is a diverse and independent network dedicated to taking the process initiated by the World Commission on Dams (WCD) forward through inclusive and open dialogue at local, national and global levels. The goal is to improve decision-making, planning and management of dams and their alternatives based on the WCD's core values and strategic priorities. DDP's newsletter "Confluence", follow-up initiatives, organisational setup, calendar of events, related links and contact information are also available online. Detailed information about the WCD is also accessible on this information-rich site.

WaterAid :- Set up in 1981, WaterAid is an international non-governmental organisation in the global drinking water sector. It has helped people in Africa and Asia to improve their quality of life through lasting improvements to water, sanitation and hygiene using local skills and practical technologies. Educational resources include a game for primary school students, a list of resources for teachers and a collection of issue sheets. Research reports contain WaterAid's advocacy strategy, country programme evaluations, and details of the Freshwater Action Network. Details about how to get involved or donate to WaterAid, and contact information are also available on this website.