Presentación de Víctor Viñuales


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Presentación de Víctor Viñuales en el taller de debate “Nuevas Visiones y Buenas Prácticas para abordar los impactos del cambio climático en los conflictos del agua” de la 60º Conferencia Anual de ONG de Naciones Unidas “Climate Change: How it Impact Us All” (Nueva York, del 5 al 7 de septiembre de 2007).

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Presentación de Víctor Viñuales

  1. 1. <ul><ul><li>Five proposals in order to build agreement to mitigate new water conflicts in each river basin </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Víctor Viñuales Edo </li></ul><ul><li>Executive Director </li></ul><ul><li>Fundación Ecología Y Desarrollo </li></ul><ul><li>New York, september 6, 2007 </li></ul>
  2. 2. In the fight against climate change, the international community has accepted a new approach, a new paradigm . That Global warming will have many consequences, often mediated through water . FIVE PROPOSALS
  3. 3. Most people understand that a new way of thinking is necessary regarding climate change. Now we need to apply that new way of thinking to the way we manage our water. FIVE PROPOSALS
  4. 4. Lanuza reservoir FIVE PROPOSALS Traditionally, the water conflicts have been resolved either by force or by reaching agreements, but in both cases the interests represented are only economic, historic or human policy interests
  5. 5. With climate change will come new water problems. These problems can be resolved in the traditional way or using a new approach FIVE PROPOSALS
  6. 6. For each river basin we need to make an agreement. An agreement with all people, the people that are living now, the people that will be living tomorrow and very importantly, the present flora and fauna and those of the future. We need to build a contract between the people and Nature, but we must know the realistic and scientific information FIVE PROPOSALS
  7. 7. FIVE PROPOSALS But this contract isn’t easy because, in general, people have difficulty seeing these new players (Nature, the next generations, the animals, the plants…)
  8. 8. We were mediated in Aragon,in northeast Spain in water conflicts between farmers from plains below and people from mountains FIVE PROPOSALS
  9. 9. The most dams are in the mountains, the people from them told: NO MORE FIVE PROPOSALS
  10. 10. In a crisis situation, there is a high probability that decisions made by the stakeholders are ill-founded. They could be detrimental for the needs of other players and/or for the biosphere. In conclusion, they are not real solutions. To mitigate this situation, we must make the necessary agreements prior to any crises. FIVE PROPOSALS
  11. 11. FIVE PROPOSALS Five proposals which could form the foundation stones of these future agreements:
  12. 12. First We need to promote agreements between all stakeholders pertaining to each river basin, creating a contract in order to reduce social and environmental conflicts in the face of increased water problems caused by climate change. FIVE PROPOSALS
  13. 13. FIVE PROPOSALS Second In this agreement process, we need to involve the scientific authorities in order to obtain solid facts about the water situation, without controversy.
  14. 14. Third Hypothetically, the point of view of the next generations must be represented at the negotiating table. Perhaps someone could be invited to speak on their behalf FIVE PROPOSALS
  15. 15. Fourth At the negotiating table, the interests of the biosphere must also be represented. Maybe one solution could be that someone with a high standing in general public opinion, could represent them FIVE PROPOSALS
  16. 16. Fifth We need the public authorities to participate in this working process. FIVE PROPOSALS
  17. 17. FIVE PROPOSALS In conclusion, both visible and invisible players must be involved in this new water contract. Nature and the Next Genera tions must not become the victims again.
  18. 18. WHERE ARE FROM FUNDACIÓN ECOLOGÍA Y DESARROLLO Plaza San Bruno, nº 9, 1º 50001 Zaragoza España Teléfono +34 976 29 82 82 Fax +34 976 20 30 92 Para más información: