In many countries across the world, water has become a source of conflict. Wars that are fought over both freshwater and saltwater and the resources they contains, and across international borders.
The examples of expropration and conflict are numerous: in Chile rivers have been privatized to guarantee water resources for avocado monocultures, as have parts of the Nile, the main water resource for many African countries, the Indus river in Pakistan, which traces its source to India, the Jordan River basin, and many others. In this forum we’ll ask how we can guarantee water access for everyone, and fight back against privatization. Can we protect through efficient forms of governance and management? How?
Communities from across the world compare their experiences.
11 am session (Italian time)
Moderator: Paula Barbeito, marine biologist, Slow Fish theme manager for Slow Food
- Tomonori Tasaki (Japan), presents a social-sharing traditional irrigation system that is part of a unique rice production area designated as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System (GIAHS) by FAO.
- Aruna Tirkey (India), Indigenous Terra Madre Network member in Jharkhand, India
- Marco Ranocchiari (Western Balkans), journalist with an expertise in environmental topics, who dealt with the issues resulting from the privatization of common goods
- Hafed Ben Moussa (Tunisia), fisherman, spokesperson for the traditional fishing Presidium of Kerkennah, an expert and enthusiast of all the traditional fishing techniques of his country.
8.30 pm session (Italian time):
Moderator: Liliana Vargas
- Tumal Orto (Kenya), Indigenous Terra Madre Network, elder of the Gabbra people, breeder and expert in systems preserving this resource.
- Amaury Juruna (Brazil), active in the Indigenous Terra Madre Network and the Slow Food Youth Network networks in Brazil, his community is suffering because of the construction of the largest dam in the world
- Gonzalo Merediz (Mexico), biologist, with a master degree from the State University of New York, he has collaborated with a number of projects concerning conservation, sustainable development and climate changes in Quintana Roo with the Amigos de Sian Ka’an organization, since 1992
- Horacio Daniel Duk (Argentina), industrial specialist, who has been working with indigenous people in the Chaco Seco area, member of the Gran Chaco and ACDI Foundation.
- Andrea Cisterna Araya (Chile), Bajo Huasco Slow Food Community, farmer and spokesperson of the Freirina social and environmentalist movement
Event languages: IT, EN, ES, FR, PT