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Michal Kravčík guides us through the concepts of the New Water Paradigm in greater detail, showing how water cycles can be supported to enhance local climates and biodiversity, and how this understanding can broaden and enhance our strategies for addressing climate change.

Presented at the Restoring Water Cycles to Reverse Global Warming October 16th-18th, 2015 at Tufts University.

Michal Kravčík guides us through the concepts of the New Water Paradigm in greater detail, showing how water cycles can be supported to enhance local climates and biodiversity, and how this understanding can broaden and enhance our strategies for addressing climate change.

Presented at the Restoring Water Cycles to Reverse Global Warming October 16th-18th, 2015 at Tufts University.

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  1. 1. WATER FORWATER FOR THETHE RECOVERYRECOVERY OF THE CLIMATEOF THE CLIMATE –– A NEW WATERA NEW WATER PARADIGMPARADIGM Michal Krav íkč NGO „People and Water“ Slovakia
  2. 2. Rainfall patterns in Slovakia
  3. 3. HEAT ISLAND IN USHEAT ISLAND IN US
  4. 4. GROWTH OF EXTREMEGROWTH OF EXTREME WEATHER WITH DECLINE OFWEATHER WITH DECLINE OF SMALL WATER CYCLESMALL WATER CYCLE
  5. 5. THE LARGE AND SMALL WATER CYCLES
  6. 6. SEA LEVEL RISE FROM DRYING OF CONTINENTS
  7. 7. WATER CYCLE,WATER CYCLE, ENERGY FLOWSENERGY FLOWS && CLIMATE CHANGECLIMATE CHANGE
  8. 8. DISTRIBUTION OF SOLAR ENERGY
  9. 9. Temperatures on the landTemperatures on the land with and without waterwith and without water
  10. 10. IMPACTS ON WEATHER &IMPACTS ON WEATHER & CLIMATECLIMATE
  11. 11. RECOVERYRECOVERY OF THE CLIMATEOF THE CLIMATE
  12. 12. DESTRUCTIONDESTRUCTION AND RENEWALAND RENEWAL OF SMALL WATER CYCLEOF SMALL WATER CYCLE
  13. 13. • humanity accelerateshumanity accelerates the runoff from landthe runoff from land • more solar energy ismore solar energy is transformed intotransformed into sensible heatsensible heat • draining of land can bedraining of land can be reversed throughreversed through comprehensivecomprehensive conservation ofconservation of rainwaterrainwater • renewal of small waterrenewal of small water cycles over land cancycles over land can temper extremetemper extreme weather events andweather events and ensure a growth inensure a growth in water reservewater reserve •
  14. 14. OLD WATEROLD WATER PARADIGMPARADIGM protects surfaceprotects surface water as thewater as the main sourcemain source and reserve ofand reserve of waterwater NEW WATERNEW WATER PARADIGMPARADIGM protectsprotects rainwaterrainwater inin ecosystem isecosystem is the mainthe main reservereserve ofof waterwater www.waterparadigm.orgwww.waterparadigm.org
  15. 15. OLD WATEROLD WATER PARADIGMPARADIGM soil sealing hassoil sealing has minimalminimal influence oninfluence on climate changeclimate change NEW WATERNEW WATER PARADIGMPARADIGM soil sealingsoil sealing hashas importantimportant influence oninfluence on climate changeclimate change www.waterparadigm.orgwww.waterparadigm.org
  16. 16. OLD WATEROLD WATER PARADIGMPARADIGM Water expertsWater experts areare rresponesponsible forsible for catchmentcatchment managementmanagement NEW WATERNEW WATER PARADIGMPARADIGM CommunitiesCommunities areare responsible forresponsible for catchmentcatchment managementmanagement
  17. 17. m o r e c l o u d sm o r e c l o u d s mmoreore groundwatergroundwater rechargerechargemmoreore groundwatergroundwater rechargerecharge m o r e a i r h u m i d i t ym o r e a i r h u m i d i t y m o r e s o f t r a i nm o r e s o f t r a i n m o r em o r e ee vv aa pp oo rr aa tt ii oo nn ff rr oo mm ll aa nn dd more vegetation and biodiversitymore vegetation and biodiversity NEWNEW WWATER DEALATER DEAL
  18. 18. MASSIVE CONSERVMASSIVE CONSERVATIONATION OFOF RAINWATERRAINWATER Advantages:Advantages: enhances water sourcesenhances water sources anti-flood & anti-erosion protectionanti-flood & anti-erosion protection moderates climatemoderates climate biodiversitybiodiversity cheap, simple, effectivecheap, simple, effective
  19. 19. ©© NGO People and WaterNGO People and Water Institute for Sustainable WatershedsInstitute for Sustainable Watersheds Cermelska road 24, 040 01 Kosice, Slovakia Tel.Fax: +421 55 799 88 06-7, e-mail: ludiaavoda@ludiaavoda.sk, www.ludiaavoda.skCermelska road 24, 040 01 Kosice, Slovakia Tel.Fax: +421 55 799 88 06-7, e-mail: ludiaavoda@ludiaavoda.sk, www.ludiaavoda.sk
  20. 20. ©© NGO People and WaterNGO People and Water Institute for Sustainable WatershedsInstitute for Sustainable Watersheds Cermelska road 24, 040 01 Kosice, Slovakia Tel.Fax: +421 55 799 88 06-7, e-mail: ludiaavoda@ludiaavoda.sk, www.ludiaavoda.skCermelska road 24, 040 01 Kosice, Slovakia Tel.Fax: +421 55 799 88 06-7, e-mail: ludiaavoda@ludiaavoda.sk, www.ludiaavoda.sk
  21. 21. THANKS!THANKS! ĎAKUJEMĎAKUJEM !!www.waterparadigm.org E-mail: kravcik.michal@gmail.com

Editor's Notes

  • The first of these is the principle of solidarity (the principle of water tolerance), which means that along with the design and implementation of measures which have an impact on the runoff conditions from a territory, it is necessary to take into account the Tolerance, partnership, subsidiarity
    whole watershed area. Measures implemented in one territory cannot worsen the situation downstream or upstream in the watershed region.
    The principle of partnership means that an analysis of the situation in the area of runoff levels from a territory (community, town, region, watershed and the like) and important decisions related to proposed measures for increasing the water-conservation ability of a catchment area and decreasing the process of erosion, only take place after discussions and mutual agreement of all deciding partners in the basin—administrators of water flows, agriculturalists, forest rangers, representatives of communities and town, landowners and experts. Anti-erosion projects and technological measures for increasing the water conservation capability of a water catchment area should be prepared and carried out in a partnership.
    The principle of subsidiarity as defined in the Middle Ages and applied in the EU, in this case means that with practical administration and protection of water resources in a territory and in a watershed, that what can be done better by a lower level of public administration should be left to be handled on this level. This principle points to the need for effective decentralization of activities which can be better, faster and more cheaply handled by local or regional self-government.
    autoregulation of natural processes, which means that the effect of an initial and one-time investment into the implementation of measures aimed at improving the water balance in an area should gradually each year show an improved quality of the natural environment and should raise the effectiveness of other local measures implemented in the territory.
    The principle of a sustainable solution is bound together with this principle. Carrying out these mentioned measures helps eliminate some of the reasons for unwanted climate changes caused by human activities. Thus, better living conditions and a better environment for future generations will be created, the natural potential of the territory will remain the same and the protective and autoregulating functions of ecosystems will be preserved.

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