Protecting the World's Fresh Water
If humanity can start the process of Earth restoration this year by agreeing to pursue aggressive pollution reduction targets for gaseous emissions like CO2 and Chlorofluorocarbons (CFC's) when the U.N. Delegates meet in Bali in December, then another challenge will be the conservation of fresh water throughout the world.
Some of the best global water management technology companies comes out of the Netherlands as their engineers have been managing the flow, distribution, and the protection of their water resources for over 2000 years. The Frisians who settled in the Netherlands built the first dykes, which were called terpens.
Prince Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands Royal Family is working in conjunction with the United Nations to tackle the improvement of the global fresh water issues that exist today. Over 2.6 billion people in the world lack sanitation control of their water resources, and this represents 40% of the global population. On November 21, the United Nations launched 2008 as the International Year of Sanitation, with one of the goals being to reduce by 50% within 15 years the number of people in the world who lack water management resources.
Today, the Dutch are working hard to consolidate and export their water technology management processes to other parts of the world. The water industry is a big business and a very important aspect towards the conservation of global ecosystems. Water treatment plants are in poor condition or nonexistent in some heavily populated areas and this affects drinking water, and the local plant and animal species, when untreated sewage is allowed to flow into lakes, rivers, seas and oceans.
Water treatment will become a growth industry for the Dutch and at the same time they will be helping humanity throughout the world. This is just one example of the new Environmental Economy that is becoming part of 21st century economics.