Regional Reports

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Water challenges confront every region of the world. Below are select discussions of current water challenges within each of six regions of the world.

Africa

When customers purchase tea from grower-members of Fairtrade East Africa, they agree to pay a premium that supports community projects. In Nandi, Kenya, the Fairtrade Premium funds enabled construction of a gravity water tank. With a village water tank, the women of Nandi no longer need to walk six kilometers a day for water. Learn more about this and other Fairtrade East Africa Projects.

 

Asia Pacific

Extensive deforestation for palm oil plantations has had a devastating effect on flood control in many areas of Indonesia. See how collaboration between local and regional governments have helped communities respond to this water problem.

 

Europe

A 1.9 million-strong petition from citizens across Europe demanding recognition of their right to water has forced the European Union to improve access to clean water. See this story.

 

North America

World Water Day is recognized around the world every year on March 22. It is a time to draw attention to the global water crisis and what we can do about it. Canada is noteworthy in the practical actions and ideas that are supported during its week-long celebration of Water Day. Visit this website for example.

 

South America

Rural communities in Guatemala are using new technologies to wring water out of the air. It is called fog harvesting and it helps to overcome water shortages. Access the video explaining this unique process at: “Guatemala combats water shortage”

 

South Asia

The Non-Government Agency ‘Gospel for Asia’ plans to drill 5,000 water wells across India and South Asia over the course of this next year for those struggling to find clean water. See this story at: “5,000 'Jesus Wells' bringing clean water across India and South Asia”.

 

Questions to Consider

Imagine that you are traveling to a world region that you have never visited. You are taking the trip to learn about the region’s water problems from experts and activists. Do some homework before the trip. Go on the web and learn about a current water problem in one of the countries of the region.

  • When you arrive, what is the first question you want to ask the experts and activists from this country about their water problem?
  • How would you answer if one of the experts asks you if your country also has this water problem? If ‘no’, why not? If ‘yes’, why and what is being done about it?