Water Spouts will speak volubly and endlessly about all the issues concerning water. The ongoing degradation, and growing scarcity, of the water supply here in the US, and the rest of the world. The continued absence of potable water in so many parts of the world. The work being done by NGOs, and charities, in the third world, to help alleviate the situation. The emphasis on WASH ( Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene ) so health and healthy water are maintained. "Water Spouts" will spout it all out.
the foreseeable future, development in Africa will be based on
improving agricultural production and generating sustainable revenue
from non-renewable natural resources such as minerals and oil and
renewable natural resources such as forests and water. In order for this
to be truly sustainable, especially under climate change, countries and
their investment partners must be able to integrate the value of
natural capital in their development plans.
The goal of the Summit for Sustainability in Africa is to demonstrate
how African nations and their investment partners understand, manage
and value natural capital. We will be taking a practical,
results-focused approach that will put the African nations in the
driving seat and help investment partners bring support in a coordinated
and coherent fashion.
First we will look at the relevance of natural capital management to
development in Africa — what challenges we face and the opportunities
that exist. Then we will highlight how these challenges are being viewed
and addressed through partnerships between the private sector,
governments and the public sector, creating a new momentum for change in
development. We will then examine how we can bring these demonstrations
to scale, using the momentum generated by field experience and new
ideas to build increased resilience and sustainability.
We envisage that the Summit will initiate a dialogue which will
stimulate new and unexpected collaborations, built from solid field
experience and extended to new audiences and partners. These
partnerships will be further consolidated at such milestone events as
the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio +20) in
June and the UN General Assembly in September.