|World Water Day: Naturefriends actively involved in water protection|
On the occasion of the World Water Day and of the International Year of Water Cooperation proclaimed by the United Nations, Naturefriends call for free access to water by everyone and for the protection of all water bodies.
Naturefriends are actively and variously engaged in the protection of water as a source of life and as an indispensable resource for sound ecosystems. The fact that international cooperation is a core element of these efforts has been evidenced by the on-going discussion on free access to water: The European environmental associations were not the only ones to criticise the imminent privatisation of water supply in the European Union; millions of anxious citizens got organised against the threat of water management being subjected to internal market rules, and launched a citizen initiative under the heading of “Water is a Human Right”. “Water is an ecological asset and must not be treated as merchandise”, states Manfred Pils, President of Naturefriends International, which lends support to this citizen initiative with its roughly 500’000 members in 45 countries; and he calls on the European Commission to submit a draft proposal “for enforcing the human right to water and sanitation in compliance with the Resolution of the United Nations and for promoting a functional water and waste-water management and the provision of water and sanitation as an essential public service for all”.