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Confusing Cause & Effect

Confusing Cause and Effect - Poverty, Development & the Environment

In the "South" the primary cause of enviromental degradation is poverty and under-development whilst in the "North" it is unsustainable life-styles and over-development. In the south sustainable development and poverty reduction is the key to stopping degradation and restoring the environment, including the construction of well-considered water storage infrastructure. Those in the North who are anti all dams are doing the envirnment no favors.

Opinion 7 - January 2003


Problem of Targets

The Problem of Targets

With an estimated 1.1 billion people with unsafe drinking water and 40% of the human race without safe sanitation, the temptation over the years has been to set targets for the provision of services to the world's unserved peoples.


Is target setting helpful or do they mask the real issues?
Opinion 6 - March 2001


Commission on Dams

The World Commission on Dams Report

After much hype the WCD Report is out.

Opinion 5 - 16 November 2000


Water Supply Rights

The right to basic water supply?

Can a poor person's water supply be cut off? South Africa's water law is tested.

Opinion 4 - 7 July 2000


Hopeless Continent?

The Hopeless Continent?

It depends on your perspective - the solution lies within.

Opinion 3 -20 June 2000


Beyond Barricades

Beyond the Barricades

Globalization & Privatization
In the face of increasing polarisation, with each side demonizing the other, who carries the cost?

Opinion 2 - 23 April 2000