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世界野生动物基金可持续性工作

与Roberto Lenton合作,为我们的未来提供问答

  • 日期2014年4月30日

作为第七届世界水论坛区域规划进程的一部分,世界自然基金会和可口可乐公司正在举办为我们的未来浇水- 召开政府,民间社会和企业的有影响力的活动,探讨解决世界水资源挑战的问题和解决方案。通过集体行动,我们希望实现更大的规模和影响,以促进行动,重视,保护和保护地球的淡水。

导致为我们的未来浇水世界自然基金会和可口可乐将分享对特定活动参与者与水相关问题的回应,以启动讨论并继续提高对全球水资源挑战的认识。本周,我们与内布拉斯加大学Robert B. Daugherty水食品研究所创始执行主任Roberto Lenton进行了交谈。

+$Q&A with Roberto Lenton
+$Founding Executive Director
内布拉斯加大学食品研究所Robert B. Daugherty


+$What is your first memory of water?

+$I grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and my home was close to the River Plate. So, my first memories were of fishing and swimming there. We also lived around 30 minutes from the delta of the Parana and Uruguay rivers, which includes a myriad of islands, so I enjoyed rowing and canoeing in that area during childhood as well.

+$What is the biggest issue in water today?

+$I believe the biggest issue is trying to address the inherent tension of meeting agricultural and environmental needs, the two main users of water. With agriculture responsible for around 70 percent of the world’s water withdrawal, that significant demand is challenging environmental needs critical to life.

+$What steps should be taken to address it?

+$We need to find a way to do more with less. As we increase food production, we must decrease pressure on scarce water resources to have less of a negative impact on water quantity and quality.

+$What do you think is the biggest misconception people have about water?

+$It depends where people are living – in rural or urban areas, for example. Among people living in urban areas in the developed world, there’s a misconception that water is free and plentiful and comes out of a tap. This view is not shared by people in rural, developing areas who have faced water challenges in their lives, and where water is recognized as vitally important for agriculture and other uses.

+$If the World Water Forum could accomplish one thing, what would it be?

+$I hope the Forum highlights solutions. It would be ideal for everyone to walk away with one good idea, one solution, relevant to the challenges they face.

+$How would you like to see your counterparts in other sectors help advance solutions/solve the challenges impacting fresh water (e.g., As a public sector agency, what do you think the role of the private sector is? As an NGO, what roles should government and companies fill)?

+$I would like to see government establish policies that encourage the sustainable management of water. NGOS remain critical to advocacy. And, the private sector must provide the innovation and financing so solutions can be taken to scale.


+$Roberto Lenton will introduce the “Water for Food” panel discussion at为我们的未来浇水+$, an event helping shape the agenda for the 7th World Water Forum. Read more about+$Water for Food and Roberto Lenton


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