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Everything Begins with Education: International Water Symposium
The following information was
taken from a blog posted by PDG Avner Fuchs on the WASHAG (Water &
Sanitation Rotarian Action Group) website.
international water and sanitation symposium was held on Thursday, September
14, 2017 with the focus on water technology and environmental control, in
conjunction with theWATEC 2017 conference in Tel Aviv, Israel.
symposium was organized by the Water and Sanitation Committee of Rotary
District 2490 Israel, chaired by PDG Avner Fuchs who is also serving as WASRAG
Ambassador 2017-2018 for Israel, Romania, Poland and Hungary - and with the
support of DG 2017-18 Danny Fessler. The conference centered on: "The
Global Water and Sanitation Crisis – its Alleviation by Education and
various personalities who honored us with their presence and congratulatory
speeches were the Minister for Social Equality of Israel, Ms. Gila Gamliel,
Their Excellencies the Ambassadors in Israel of Hungary, Ukraine, and Nigeria
as well as DG Danny Fessler. Representatives of Peru, Singapore and China
also attended the event.
reputation of the various lecturers as well as the impressive list of the
subjects treated at the symposium testify to the great interest aroused by the
event. Among the speakers were Nobel Prize 2011 for Chemistry, Dr. Dan Shechtman,
Prof. Uri Shani, Past Director of the Water Authority, Prof. Richard Laster of
the Hebrew University, a renown ecology expert, Prof. Avner Adin, a major
expert in ecological engineering as well as the founder of the Israel Water
Association. All of the lecturers talked about the water crisis
worldwide, its global impact and how to alleviate it by education and training.
All the speakers agreed on one issue, namely that the water crisis is not due
to the lack of water resources, but is mostly due to poor management of water
symposium was chaired by Rotarian Michael Pascal, a leading figure in water
issues as well as a valued member of the District Water and Sanitation
participation of many pupils from various locations who share in the "Rotary
Hands Across Water"' a project initiated and carried out by PhD Amnon
Shefi and his staff, also contributed to the success of the event. This program
is financed by Israeli and foreign Rotary Clubs with the contribution of a
Global Grant by TRF. A few months ago, it was granted a "noteworthy
recognition" by TRF as one of the most significant and successful projects
worldwide, a model to be emulated by more Rotary clubs and districts
everywhere. Junior-high school students exhibited various projects illustrating
the efficient use of constantly depleting water resources.
everything begins with education! Our symposium clearly stressed the need for
various educational programs and activities at the national and international
level alike. Our youth are the next generation that will have to deal
with the conservation and improvement of living resources on our planet! They
will have to figure out how to avoid crises as well as to provide solutions to
future water crises.
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