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Water Quality and the Environment: an international perspective

August 31, 2012

Professional Development Workshop held at University of Minnesota

The Center for Austrian Studies at the U of MN together with Title VI National Resource Centers, U of MN, the Institute for Global Studies, U of MN, the Horst Rechelbacher Foundation and ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA the Austrian Trade Commission in Chicago held a weeklong water quality workshop from June 25-29, 2012.

The quality of the water we drink is basic to life and is considered a human right. What does having good quality water mean to people around the world? Parts of the world have water safe to drink and use as needed. Other parts of the world struggle to get a few drops of drinkable and useable water.

In the water quality workshop the participants explored current global water quality issues from various perspectives, local as well as worldwide. Participants learned about water as a basic human right, about the connections between water and human health including water borne diseases, about watersheds in both local and global contexts. Experts were invited to discuss a variety of issues, from basic human rights to options in other countries as they manage their water resources to provide access to safe sources of water.

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