Considering that “access to water for everyone” is one of the priority actions voted at the World Assembly in 2007 and the international Lisbon work camp held in October 2008 « Emmaus and participative sustainable development »…
The European members of the World Council on «Training and New Generations » proposed a training session on the issue of water in Europe from April 6th to 9th 2009 at the Emmaus Europe headquarters in Montreuil, France.
They wanted to have a wide approach that takes into account not only the environmental dimension but also political and economic aspects.
As a matter of fact, we witness today a serious lack of water as well as water marketability in many countries; this deepens the exclusion of the weakest populations in the world. At the same time, the main multinationals who possess and gather water management at the international level are based in Europe.
If Emmaus acts in the South, shouldn’t it act also here, in the North? This is, to waste less, of course, to save water, but what about a common voice and network to defend water as an inalienable human right? Which actions should Emmaus commit to in order to prevent water from becoming tomorrow’s gold, this is to say, a product that the « big » will share whereas the « small » will excessively pay for each drop?
Thus, this training was a space for learning and analysing the situation, as well as a place to share concrete experiences between all participants.
To find out more, take a look at the Programme and the Report of this training course