United in the care for water
Over 200 children participated in the World Water Day engaging in water-education activities prepared by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fundación Chile.
Water covers 70% of the planet’s surface, however only 2.5% corresponds to fresh water such as rivers, lakes, aquifers, and only 0.62% is suitable for human, agricultural, and industrial consumption; thereby fresh water is a scarce resource. Along with this, Chile has a distinct and complex water distribution scenario, with a short water offer to supply the main activities that take place in the country’s northern regions while the south, has a much larger water supply. In this context, Chile appears as one of the countries with the highest water risks in the world by 2025.
This is why celebrating the World Water Day on Friday, March 22, was important to promote innovation for the safeguard and sustainable use of water. Several exhibitors were able to present their projects to the visiting public. In addition, several activities that strongly focused on water care education were developed, including one with more than 200 child protagonists. This instance was organized by the Ministry of Agriculture, through their National Irrigation Commission (Comisión Nacional de Riego CNR) along with Fundación Chile.
Alejandro Jadresic, Fundación Chile’s President, stressed that our country “is listed among one of 30 nations in the world with the highest water risks for 2025. The urgency related to Chile and the world’s water situation challenges us to incorporate this resource into the equation of the country’s sustainable development. It is time to face the scarcity of this vital resource with a comprehensive outlook, as well as to take it as an opportunity for innovation. It is time to open ourselves to new possibilities of solutions and to think about circular economy.”
It is time to face the scarcity of this vital resource with a comprehensive outlook, as well as to take it as an opportunity for innovation. It is time to open ourselves to new possibilities of solutions and to think about circular economy. We are addressing and working on this problem since 2016 through the initiative known as Water Scenarios 2030, which aims to move towards water security
Alejandro Jadresic , Fundación Chile’s president.
Jadresic emphasizes that Fundación Chile is “committed with the country and its future to promote the transformation of Chile through human and sustainable development. We are addressing and working on this problem since 2016 through the initiative known as Water Scenarios 2030, which aims to move towards water security.”
In addition, along Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano and Avina -part of the Water Scenarios 2030 Governance- we brought together over 40 institutions from different sectors into a cross-sectional dialogue process and collective construction of future water scenarios in Chile, sharing information between different sectors and promoting the national debate on this resource. To that effect, the institution launched in 2018 the “X-Ray of Water in Chile” (Radiografía del Agua en Chile), revealing the current situation and water trend in the country from a risk and water gap perspective. Before long a second book will be launched, this time with proposals for measures, actions, and solutions for the water management in Chile as a step to start building together the future for the water in our country.