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Africa urged to meet water demands on World Water Day 2011

Today marks World Water Day, an event encouraged to get people all over the world to think about the estimated billion people without access to water from a clean source.
 Over a billion people worldwide lack access to clean wa..
 
 
Today marks World Water Day, an event encouraged to get people all over the world to think about the estimated billion people without access to water from a clean source.

A United Nations (UN) report on Africa released earlier this week said that cities must move toward greener water and sanitation projects, such as rainwater collection, to meet the needs of booming urban populations.

The theme for this year is ‘Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge’ – and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said that Africa is failing to keep up with rapid rates of urbanisation to provide clean water for communities.

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"We need to turn to new and innovative engineering solutions and those that in particular address more green infrastructure," said Tim Kasten of UNEP.

The report entitled ‘Green Hills, Blue Cities’, produced by UNEP and UN Habitat argues that engineering solutions were not able to keep up with the population growth in developing cities to provide water.

"We're not able to keep pace. Some of the solutions of the past are not necessarily going to be able to take us into the future," said Kasten.

“Africa is urbanising at a very rapid pace, from 205 million people living in cities in 1990 to today where we now stand at 400 million in 2011. And by the year 2050 we will have over 1.2 billion people living in urban centres in Africa."

Last week saw the UK raise over £74 million for Comic Relief to help the disadvantaged in Africa, and last month we focused on the One Child per Laptop charity, whose XO laptops are providing schoolchildren across the continent with the latest technology and internet resources



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