Third World Centre for Water Management

Communications & Media

Communications & Media

The Centre realises that policymakers seldom have time to read scientific papers and books. Thus, to inform and sensitise policy-makers and general public, the Centre regularly contributes opinion pieces in major national and international media. In addition, views of the Centre are regularly published by media in terms of interviews, expert opinions and policy briefs.

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Challenging prevailing wisdom

June 1, 2004


Just because a paradigm is conceptually or intellectually attractive and most international institutions are promoting it does not mean that it can be operational in the entire world, under all circumstances and over decades.

Is the global debate on dams relevant?

March 1, 2004

Asian Water

The views of the proponents and opponents of dams have been diametrically opposite. Scientifically, these two views cannot be correct.

Colombo’s water supply: A paradigm for the future?

October 1, 2003

Asian Water

The National Water Supply and Drainage Board of Sri Lanka is likely to be a good example of an evolving paradigm of institutional arrangements for water supply and wastewater management of the future in the developing world.

Policy failures prevent water quality progress in Mexico

May 1, 2003

Water and Wastewater International

A comprehensive national regulatory framework for wastewater discharges must be developed to prevent and control water pollution in Mexico.

Aswan dam revisited: The benefits of a much-maligned dam

November 1, 2002

Development & Cooperation

The Aswan High Dam across the mighty river Nile is perhaps one of the most controversial of the existing big dams in the world. Political, economic and environmental arguments have been raised against it ever since its construction in the early 1960s.

Crisis de los recursos hídricos: una perspectiva global para el siglo XXI

April 3, 2000

Tercer Milenio

Por extraño que parezca, aún a finales de los años noventa, los profesionistas del sector agua no se habían percatado, ni tampoco apreciado, la gravedad de la situación global respecto a los recursos hídricos, a pesar de que algunos científicos muy renombrados habían señalado la seriedad de la situación.

Geografía de la sed

May 3, 1993

El Correo de la UNESCO

La falta de capitales y de recursos, el vertiginoso crecimiento demográfico, la urbanización y la contaminación ambiental obligan a los países del Sur a mostrarse más vigilantes que nunca en la gestión de sus recursos hídricos.

Putting a price on clean water

The Third World Centre for Water Management estimates that the number of people who did not have access to safe drinking water in 2009 was at least 1.8 billion. In most developing countries, it should be possible to provide clean drinking water to all urban centers of more than 200,000 people.

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