Portofino Resort- Now with a new BEACH BAR!!
Topic Options
#233055 - 03/21/07 08:13 PM Eco group warns of freshwater crisis
Marty Offline
Belize rivers are at risk as well - look at Monkey River and over-extraction of water for banana farms (just one example)

Eco group warns of freshwater crisis

Hilary Osborne
Tuesday March 20, 2007
Guardian Unlimited

Some of the world's largest and best-known rivers are at risk of drying up
as a result of climate change, pollution and bad planning, a report warned
The study by the environment group, WWF, focuses on the ten rivers most
danger of drying up or dying, and warns that, without action, the world
faces "a freshwater emergency".

Five of the 10 rivers listed are in Asia, including the Yangtze, the Ganges
and the Salween, highlighting the profound problems facing the region.

Europe's Danube, the African Nile and South America's Rio Grande are among
other rivers under serious threat.
Among the problems highlighted in the report - which is published ahead of
World Water Day on Thursday - are those caused by dams and dykes, such as
those along the Danube. WWF said these have already destroyed 80% of the
river basin's wetlands and floodplains.

The extraction of water for agriculture is also taking its toll on rivers
around the world, WWF said, with India's Indus river a notable example cited
by the study.

Over-extraction can lead to water scarcity and severely threaten freshwater
fish populations, which serve as an important food source for tens of
millions of people worldwide.

The report, which draws on eight international assessment reports, offers
solutions for the problems caused to rivers by over-extraction, pollution,
over-fishing, climate change, dams and invasive species.

It calls on governments to better protect rivers and ensure more sustainable
water use in order to protect people's livelihoods and the habitat provided
by freshwater sources.

"The world is facing a massive freshwater crisis, which has the potential to
be every bit as devastating as climate change," said Dr David Tickner, head
of WWF UK's Freshwater programme.

""We need business leaders and government to recognise that climate change
is not the only urgent environmental issue that needs to be dealt with, and
that they need to take notice of this freshwater emergency and act now, not

Dr Tickner said businesses, particularly those relying on food and fibre
products that demanded a lot of water to produce, should look at how they
could be more water efficient.

"Conservation of rivers and wetlands and security of water flows must be
seen as part and parcel of national security, health and economic success,"
he said.

"Emphasis must be given to exploring ways of using water for crops and
products that do not use more water than necessary."

To ensure a worldwide response to the problem, WWF said there should be
agreements between countries as to how to manage water resources.

Dr Tickner added: "The freshwater crisis is bigger than the ten rivers
listed in this report but it mirrors the extent to which unabated
development is jeopardising nature's ability to meet our growing demands."


#233062 - 03/21/07 09:25 PM Re: Eco group warns of freshwater crisis [Re: Marty]

#233068 - 03/21/07 10:01 PM Re: Eco group warns of freshwater crisis [Re: ]
SP Daily Offline
Every message board has it's resident a$$hole...

#233086 - 03/22/07 08:46 AM Re: Eco group warns of freshwater crisis [Re: SP Daily]
dogmatic prevaricator Offline
I'd cut Rycat some slack. Over time his signature line has become a true testimonial. He is merely a product of his environment, wearing those NAMBLA emblazoned footie pajamas as a youth, deluded by life long indoctrination and observance of log cabin republican philosophies, shuffling in the reality of being an insignificant political minority, and yes, narcoleptic.
If you must choose between two evils, pick the one you've never tried before.

#233088 - 03/22/07 08:49 AM Re: Eco group warns of freshwater crisis [Re: dogmatic prevaricator]
Otteralum Offline
dogmo -- you are our resident Dennis Miller here on the message board. Don't always agree with your politics, but you are friggin hilarious.
I will have a Belikin -- put it on klcman's tab.


Click for excellent scuba lessons with Elbert Greer!

Things to do

Daily News
Daily Weather

Classified Ads
San Pedro Sun
Ambergris Today
SP Town Council
Channel 7
Channel 5
Love FM
The Reporter
Caye Caulker

TV Newscasts
Radio Stations

Click for our
Search thousands of Belizean-only websites

Event Guides
Event Calendar
Specials & Events
Things to Do
iTravel Belize
Paradise Theater

San Pedro Scoop!
Tia Chocolate
My Beautiful Belize
I-Travel Belize
Belize Adventure
Belize Hub
Romantic Travel
Bound for Belize
Conch Creative
As The Coconuts Drop
More Blogs...
Search thousands of Belizean-only websites
Chaa Creek is an award-winning luxury Belize Resort, rated as one of the worlds best Eco Lodges. We are a pioneer in adventure travel to Belize since 1981!
White Sands Dive Shop - 5 Star PADI Dive Facility - Daily diving, SCUBA instruction and Snorkeling
Caribbean Inspired All Natural Condiments & Spice Blends, Over 100 are Gluten Free!
We manage a variety of homes, apartments, condos and commercial properties here on Ambergris Caye. Our minimum lease on ALL properties is six months.
Conch Shell Inn: All rooms are right on the beach in the heart of San Pedro, so within walking distance to anything and everything!!
Lilí Alphonse has snorkel equipment to fit anyone as well as Marine Park Tickets and flotation devices to assist those not as experienced.
Coastal Xpress offers a daily scheduled ferry run to most resorts, restaurants and private piers on the island of Anbergris Caye. We also offer  private and charter water taxi service.
Mini Chat

Cayo Espanto
Click for Cayo Espanto, and have your own private island
More Links
Click for exciting and adventurous tours of Belize with Katie Valk!
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31
Who's Online
0 registered (), 23 Guests and 8 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
18,632 Registered Members
44 Forums
63,697 Topics
461,210 Posts

Most users ever online: 1,262 @ 06/10/07 02:16 PM

AmbergrisCaye.com CayeCaulker.org HELP! Visitor Center Goods & Services San Pedro Town
BelizeSearch.com Message Board Lodging Diving Fishing Things to Do History
BelizeNews.com Maps Phonebook Belize Business Directory
BelizeCards.com SanPedroDaily.com Picture of the Day

The opinions and views expressed on this board are the subjective opinions of Ambergris Caye Message Board members
and not of the Ambergris Caye Message Board its affiliates, or its employees.