Professor Denise Fort Contributes to UNESCO Water Conference

Denise FortProfessor Denise Fort recently participated in a UNESCO water education workshop in The Netherlands. She joined about 50 experts from Europe and North America to discuss strategies in water education. Recommendations were made for how to best advance water education throughout Europe and North America. UNESCO covered the costs of transportation and lodging for the meeting for her, in light of the University's situation.

UNESCO will combine the results of the February workshop with the outcomes of similar workshops being organized in Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific, the Arab states and in Africa, and present the findings at a number of upcoming conferences and forums addressing the world's water situation.

Fort was chosen to participate based on her knowledge of water policy and involvement in water education. At the meeting, she contended that, "In light of a growing global population and climate change, water is becoming a crucial resource. Water education must recognize the importance that healthy ecosystems provide to life on the planet: we can no longer be restricted to a single discipline as holding all the answers about how to manage water."

The Netherlands is a center of water-related education and philanthropic activity. The country is also famous for its entrepreneurial drive. For example, Fort noted that companies in the Netherlands intend to capitalize on their expertise in living below sea level and to work with cities at risk from rising sea levels.