We are living above the natural capital of this planet, urban centres are burning water in major ways, the world's population is expected to rise by 2 billion by 2050. These were the issues addressed by the EU's Director-General for Environment, Karl Falkenberg.
So, the question is how do we deal with Africa's already famous water scarcity on top of these global issues?
Kenya's Minister of Water & Irrigation, Charity Kaluli Ngilu, emphasized the positive effects of public awareness of water that increased Kenya's budget to $500 million. A Minister of four years, Charity has witnessed first-hand the benefits of spreading the word and having the Kenyan government make water a priority. Knowing that about $324 million/year is lost due to poor sanitation with mainly informal areas being affected, the government has emphasized the need for decentralized water services.