Water Security- Key Issue for the World Environment Day: Prof Swaminathan
June 5, 2018: India is the global host of the 2018 World Environment Day. Beat Plastic Pollution has been chosen as the focal theme. This is a very important issue and I do hope that the messages on the World Environment Day will help to improve understanding of the adverse consequences of plastic pollution. My message for this day is however on the need to step up our efforts in the field of water security. Even a city like Shimla is suffering from acute water shortage which has resulted in the temporary shutdown of schools and even courts. I will therefore like to suggest that we in India should not lose further time in developing and implementing a water security system in every Panchayat. The five pronged water security system should consists of
Mandatory rainwater harvesting and storage
Surface water management (i.e. rivers and lakes)
Groundwater conservation coupled with both supply augmentation and demand management
Waste water purification and recycling
Sea water utilisation.
Sea water provides 97% of the world’s water resource and it is important to promote sea water farming as well as below sea level farming. Thus, in this World Environment Day, we should prevent plastic pollution on the one hand and promote water security on the other.
M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) established in 1988 is a not-for-profit trust. MSSRF was envisioned and founded by Professor M S Swaminathan, agriculture scientist with proceeds from the First World Food Prize that he received in 1987.