In recent years, various actors, from big foreign and domestic corporate business and finance to governments, have initiated a large-scale worldwide enclosure of agricultural lands, mostly in the Global South but also elsewhere. This is done for large-scale industrial and industrial agriculture ventures and often packaged as large-scale investment for rural development. But rather than being investment to benefit the majority of rural people, especially the poorest and most vulnerable, this process constitutes a new wave of land and water ‘grabbing’. It is a global phenomenon whereby the access, use and right to land and other closely associated natural resources is being taken over - on a large-scale and/or by large-scale capital – resulting in a cascade of negative impacts on rural livelihoods and ecologies, human rights, and local food security.
The island of Bali is home to a rich and unique system of agriculture, based around traditional water management systems developed over the last 1200 years. However, growing pressure from the expansion of the tourist trade as well as the effects of climate change are putting these systems at risk. Farmers are fighting to preserve their livelihoods and maintain a base for local food sovereignty in Bali, but significant changes to policy and practice are needed to protect their rights to land, water, and seed.
The Water Justice project, run jointly by TNI and Corporate European Observatory, is engaged in the work of building viable alternatives to water privatisation, focusing on how to reform public water systems in order to make the human right to water a reality for everyone.
Compilation of 19 new essays written by civil society activists, trade unionists and other water practitioners in Asia on the fight against water privatisation and the experiences of building progressive public alternatives.
The EU is the largest water donor in the world, providing € 1.4 billion of development aid per year. This Corporate Europe Observatory report looks at how the EU uses this funding to promote private sector water management.
Buenaventura Dargantes, Mary Ann B. Manahan, Daniel Moss, V. Suresh
17 July 2012
This project was undertaken with support from the Visayas State University, Focus on the Global South, Our Water Commons, the Centre for Law and Democracy, France Liberte, and Reclaiming Public Water Network.
The motivation behind this collection of case studies is to examine successful and/or illuminating cases of water commons governance and management, culling out insights that may be useful in communities around the world.
Water Justice organisations from around the world jointly produced an online water justice toolkit to consolidate our knowledge base and support local campaigns against the corporate takeover of water.
The Alternative World Water Forum – in French, the Forum Alternatif Mondial de l’Eau (FAME) – is an open meeting place for reflective thinking, democratic debate of ideas, formulation of proposals, and free exchange of experiences. These discussions may lead to effective action and civil society movements which oppose the water resources be managed using profit logic by capitalistic companies,...
Our Water Commons seeks to transform societal decision making for water stewardship towards participatory, democratic, community-centered systems that value equity and sustainability as a strategy. Our work is based on a set of ten water commons principles. History: Our Water Commons is a collaborative program of On the Commons, an organization formed in 2001 to advance commons-based solutions...
Since 2005, TNI has been instrumental in catalysing and supporting the Reclaiming Public Water network, which has grown to include more than 300 member organisations in 58 countries – 15 joined in 2013. This is an open, multi-sectoral network that enables activists, trade unionists and academics to work together with water utility managers and engineers to promote democratic, public models...