In the absence of a country-wide water delivery system, many El Salvadorian communities rely solely on natural bodies of water for their health and livelihood. Yet, nearly 90% of El Salvador’s waterways are contaminated with pollution. A significant amount of that contamination comes from waste dumping by silver and gold mines.
Lani Alo, a program staff member at the Goldman Prize, is reporting from the Alternative Water Forum in Marseille, France. The forum, set up as an alternative to the World Water Forum (also taking place in in Marseille), focuses on developing sustainable solutions to the global water crisis.
Congratulations to Prigi Arisandi (2011) who won this year's SBS Ecowater Award for his efforts to secure better water resource management and protection in Indonesia.
2011 Goldman Prize winner Prigi Arisandi and his team at ECOTON have been busily casting their nets in and out of the Surabaya River to take stock of the local fish habitat. They recently released findings from this population survey and are taking them to the government to develop sustainable river management policies.
Prigi Arisandi is leading efforts to clean up the Surabaya River, a water source for three million people. Learn more about how he's inspiring young people and taking legal action to stop industrial pollution in the Q&A below.
Living under the constant threat of assassination, Francisco Pineda courageously led a citizens' movement that stopped a gold mine from destroying El Salvador's dwindling water resources and the livelihoods of rural communities throughout the country.
In a New York Times investigative report released yesterday, Microsoft was implicated in the recent increase in Russian police seizures of computers and documents from civil society groups on grounds of suspected software piracy.
In the lead-up to the December UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, NGOs and others working on climate issues have been encouraged to share ideas for how future climate policy should be shaped. Michal Kravcik, 1999 Goldman Prize recipient from Slovakia, and his colleagues, Jan Pokorny, Juraj Kohutiar and Martin Kovac have developed a discussion paper that emphasizes the importance of water and land use on climate.
As the 21st century progresses, access to water is a critical concern. Today, news broke that residents of Pune, India have been hit with a 40 percent cut in their water supply as a result of dwindling dam reserves and a delayed monsoon season.