Summary and conclusions from the International seminar on "Public Models of Drinking Water Supply and sanitation in Rural Areas"

International gathering for promoting progressive public water models in rural areas (Barcelona, November 19 – 21 2006)

Summary and conclusions from the International seminar on "Public Models of Drinking Water Supply and sanitation in Rural Areas"

The seminar was organized within the Reclaiming Public Water (RPW) network, initiated in November 2005 to promote progressive public water models and other alternatives to water privatisation. This involves connecting in an open and consensus-based network, activists, trade unionists, researchers and public water managers from around the world. So far, the RPW network has focused mainly on urban water delivery; therefore the initiative behind this recent seminar was to generate discussion within the RPW network on public models of drinking water and sanitation in rural areas. Thirty-five participants from Latin America, South and South East Asia, Africa and Europe came together in Barcelona with the aim of identifying the options for reforms and democratisation. Participants identified key issues and challenges and developed plans for joint work.
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