Podcast: Water, Water Everywhere?

Women collecting water from a river in Ghana. Credit: WaterAid / Jon Spaull

Women collecting water from a river in Ghana. Credit: WaterAid / Jon Spaull

The Guardian hosts a monthly podcast focusing on global development issues. In March, the half hour podcast explored water scarcity issues to mark World Water Day. Some of the questions addressed included: “Can these challenges [climate change, urbanization, and population growth] fuel co-operation rather than competition? What are the main obstacles to delivering and managing water supplies? Are governments doing enough — or too much — to protect resources? Should water supply be privatized? Is water a commodity or a human right?”

The Guardian’s environment editor, John Vidal, moderated the conversation. Guest speakers included:

  • Dr. Peter Gleick, Leading Water Expert and Founder of the Pacific Institute
  • Timeyin Uwejamomere, Technical Support Manager at WaterAid
  • Thierry Mallet, Senior Executive and Vice-President of International at Suez Environmental
  • Catarina de Albuquerque, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation

Listen to the podcast, or read the full transcript. Then, tell us what you think in the comments!