Chapter 2: Return the Lost Water Back to the Continents
Michal Kravcik PEOPLE AND WATER 2.1 Whether we like it or not, giving birth to a new idea always brings about certain conﬂicts, as it clashes with old, obsolete stereotypes. Following the Velvet Revolution and the fall of communism in 1989, I found that I could not wait until somebody came to me and oﬀered me some perspective. I had to act. I started to mobilise people, to convince them, to hold hearings, meetings and lectures. I was one of the founders of the Slovak River Network, and then, when I found that the way money was dealt with in this network was wrong, I established the non-governmental organisation People and Water. People and Water was launched in August 1993 in Slovakia. The mission of our organisation is to promote an alternative, integrated water management. It was created in response to the new Slovakian state water management policy. The alternative approach we created was called ‘Water for the Third Millennium’ (People and Water, 1994). This alternative was elaborated by People and Water at the cost of US$1500; other non-governmental organisations like the Slovak River Network and the Slovak Union of Conservationists also joined the initiative. It was presented to, and then accepted by the Slovak Parliament. Since 2 June 1994, the government is obliged to incorporate principles of ‘Water for the Third Millennium’ into the oﬃcial water management policy of Slovakia. However, authoritarian Prime Minister Vladimir Meciar, after his return to power in 1994, ignored the...
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