Welcome to the website. We aim to connect stakeholders in the water industry, agriculture, government, academia and citizens together and develop water policy to protect the environment and build a strong economy. Global Water Connect is based in Canada, but we have contacts all around the world.
Water is becoming an increasingly concerning issue to all around the world. Access to fresh water is a human right. We need to secure clean drinking water for all and also fresh water for irrigated agriculture. The world population is growing and this is becoming more of a concern as time goes on.
Cities and towns around the world, from Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, South Africa all the way up to Canada are increasingly struggling to find enough drinking water to satisfy the needs of their population. The world population is increasingly moving into cities, so cities with water shortages will find their problems getting worse if we don’t take action.
To succeed in our goals, we need to develop methods to manage our water resources effectively. Our largest use of fresh water is in irrigated agriculture. The Global WaterConnect website will link those who have developed the best practices in managing irrigation together.
We will connect those who are developing irrigation technology and water resource management technology together. This synergy will develop better techniques overall to conserve our most precious resource.
Climate change and weather have a massive impact on all us, but the way it impacts us the most is through our access to water. There is no other cost effective source of fresh water apart from that which falls out of the sky. This is a limited renewable resource which we need to effectively manage to deliver positive outcomes for all.
Climate change can not be managed to the extent we would hope for it to be, so we must plan ahead to develop a strategy to deal with our water assets so that we can continue to live with high living standards. Rainfall will be less predictable and rainfall patterns will shift as we move into a future with greater carbon dioxide concentration.
Our dam building efforts need to be weighed against the environmental impact they cause. Dams flood forests and natural environments further upstream as part of the damming of the river. This displaces local animals and will destroy vegetation that’s flooded. Hence the building of dams is partly responsible for climate change.
This needs to be weighed against the economic benefits of regulating the river to enable irrigated agriculture. Human needs for food will always take priority, but our best efforts to minimize the impact on the environment are necessary too.
Developing a website to connect those who engage in the best practices in water management is necessary to overcome our challenges of meeting human needs in a space with more restricted access to water. We must act now before it is too late. Connecting the innovators, scientists and industry leaders is important to come up with the best solutions to our water problems.