World Water Week
World Water Week was organized this year on 26-31 August in Stockholm. There had been over a hundred sessions throughout the Week, in which the promotion of responsible water resource management, water in agriculture, food production, drought and climate change were discussed.
New Horizons - Assoc. Prof. Boğaçhan Benli and Ceyda Alpay represented “Every Drop Matters” project which is a water partnership initiative of UNDP and The Coca-Cola Company and they shared their experiences in the project with experts and participants throughout the sessions.
Assoc. Prof. Boğaçhan Benli and Ceyda Alpay also gave an interview to the Turkish edition of Deutche Welle about their remarks after the World Water Week.
Turkey is water poor
Assoc. Prof. Boğaçhan Benli, who is the Global Programme Manager of Every Drop Matters partnership, said that Turkey is not a rich country in its water resources as it is commonly assumed.
He stated that “As for the Middle Eastern and North African countries, Turkey is water rich because there are many rivers and freshwater bodies in the country. However, as for European and Northern American countries, Turkey is unfortunately a water poor country. There are two thousand cubic meter of water per capita in Turkey, which is under the world average.”
Water Consciousness in Turkey
Ceyda Alpay, who is the Project Associate in Every Drop Matters Regional Partnership in Turkey, emphasized that because water management has been discussed in Turkey for a long time, now there is an increasing awareness among people concerning the water management in Turkey.
She also added that “People in Turkey are more aware of the depletion of resources, climate change, changes in agriculture, and effects on flora. Due to this increasing awareness in Turkey, water is used more wisely. For example, when one talks to a farmer, they can give more information about wise use and management of water resources than an expert.”
Ceyda Alpay further indicated that the biggest global problem until 2050 will be the lack of drinking water. She said that “To address this problem, we have to educate children from school aged years to teach which water is drinkable and healthy, which is not.”
You may read the entire interview in Deutche Welle from here.