COVER STORY: Lords of Water Finding Our Way Out of the World’s Water Crisis By Jeff Conant


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year ago, the World Water Forum (WWF), the world’s largest water policy gathering, met in Istanbul, Turkey. Organized every three years by the World Water Council (WWC), the forum is billed as “an all-inclusive, multi-stakeholder process” where governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), businesses and others “attempt to find solutions to achieve water security.” But, as at previous forums in Mexico City (2006), Kyoto (2003) and The Hague (2000), 2010’s forum felt less like a civil gathering attempting to find solutions and more like a flashpoint for heated debate and acrimony over the future of the world’s increasingly scarce water resources. While it would be overly simplistic to suggest that there are only two sides to the debate, there is little doubt that water has become a deeply polarizing issue.