Misure di austerità e mercificazione dell'acqua

Appena pochi mesi prima del riconoscimento dell'acqua come diritto umano da parte dell'Assemblea Generale delle Nazioni Unite (28 Luglio 2010) un portavoce della Commissione, tal J.Hennon, ebbe la poco felice idea di esplicitare la vera opinione della Commissione sulla questione della gestione delle risorse idriche in Europa.

In un'intervista a EU Observer, infatti aveva affermato “we consider water to be a commodity as anything else” e la Commissione, in sostanza, non aveva smentito che dal suo punto di vista l'acqua fosse, appunto, una merce come tutte le altre. Certo il contesto della frase si riferiva ai costi di gestione (almeno in teoria), ma non è stato necessario attendere molto per avere ulteriori conferme in merito. Non appena la crisi economica ha cominciato ad aggravarsi colpendo in primo luogo i Paesi Europei dalla situazione più problematica, come la Spagna, il Portogallo, l'Italia e la Grecia l'acqua è tornata a diventare argomento di discussione nel quadro della famigerata “austerity”.

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The water industry in England: A case to answer

This report by the New Policy Institute analyzes what has happened to the water industry in the UK since it was privatised by Thatcher in the late 80s. In a nutshell: very high profits fuelled by debt creation and low investments, and bad performance. The initial local then international corporations have now been mostly replaced by financial players.

The full report by the New Policy Institute (pdf, 410 Ko)

Austerity Measures in Europe and the Right to Water

In July 2010 the United Nations General Assembly finally adopted resolution 64/292 recognizing the human right to water and sanitation. In order to ensure that the newly recognized right served as a tool for social movements and frontline communities, Maude Barlow (Council of Canadians and Blue Planet Project) wrote and released the report: Our Right to Water: A Peoples' Guide to implementing the United Nation's Recognition of Water and Sanitation as a Human Right. (available in EN, FR, ES, PT)

As part of a series of reports as additional chapters to Our Right to Water, several reports examine the status of the human right to water and sanitation from the frontlines of struggles across the globe. They provide insight and analysis into how our allies around the world are promoting the human right to water and sanitation in their countries against a backdrop of land grabs, mining injustice, economic austerity and environmental racism. 

Our Right to Water: Case Studies on Austerity and Privatization in Europe

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Public-Public Partnerships: An alternative model

Public-Public Partnerships (PUPs) allow two or more public water utilities or non-governmental organizations to join forces and leverage their shared capacities. PUPs allow multiple public utilities to pool resources, buying power and technical expertise. The benefits of scale and shared resources can deliver higher public effi­ciencies and lower costs. These public partnerships, whether domestic or international, improve and promote public delivery of water through sharing best practices. 

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Our Right to Water

In July 2010 the United Nations General Assembly finally adopted resolution 64/292 recognizing the human right to water and sanitation.

Various useful reports on the Right to Water and Privatization:

1. In order to ensure that the newly recognized right served as a tool for social movements and frontline communities, Maude Barlow (Council of Canadians and Blue Planet Project) wrote and released the report: Our Right to Water: A Peoples' Guide to implementing the United Nation's Recognition of Water and Sanitation as a Human Right. (available in EN, FR, ES, PT) 

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Altri articoli...

  1. Remunicipalization of Water