World Wetlands Day
In 2011 the IAMP member academies endorsed the “Joint G8 Academies statement on Water and Health" presented at the G8 heads of state meeting in France in May 2011. Underlining the fact that access to clean water and sanitation was declared a human right by the United Nations on July 28th, 2010 and stressing that accessibility, quality and protection of water resources are fundamental to human health in rural and urban areas worldwide, the Statement calls for governments to develop basic infrastructure, promote education, and fund research and development to establish networks of competence to improve the efficiency of water use and consumption.
To celebrate the 2013 World Wetlands Day, within the 2013 Internationl Year of Water Cooperation, we have invited Mr. Elijah Bisung, from Ghana, graduate student at the the Univeristy of Waterloo (ON, Canada) to Focus on the issue from his unique point of view.
***** Elijah Bisung is a PhD candidate in Geography at the University of Waterloo, Canada. His broad research interests focus on the water-health nexus, human-environment interactions and their implications for development. His doctoral dissertation applies ecosocial theory and ecosystem health approaches to a broader understanding of the water-health nexus in rural Western Kenya. He is involved in the development of water-health courses for professionals in developing countries at the United Nations University Institute of Environment, Water and Health based in Hamilton, Canada. Elijah holds a Bachelor’s degree in Development Planning from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana.