Getting Things Done Sustainably
Chapter 4: A new water paradigm - Michal Kravčík and People and Water
At the Skoll World Forum for Social Entrepreneurship in 2009, in response to the financial and economic crisis, Michal Kravčík presented a 'Green New Deal Proposal for Slovakia and Beyond' (Kravčík 2009). Kravčík outlined his New Water Paradigm as a strategy for water retention and job creation, which was inspired by the American New Deal from the Roosevelt administration. Kravčík was not only thinking about his native Slovakia; he envisaged millions of jobs around the globe and aimed at nothing less than greening the deserts of the world, with a projected first implementation on the Arabian Peninsula. To this end, he invited all his contacts to join this global effort in restoring the water cycle. Unfortunately, the Saudia Arabia proposal fell through and we never got to travel there to visit his efforts. We did, however, get to travel to Eastern Slovakia in 2010, visiting Kravčík's hometown Košice and then the village of Tichy Potok in the Levoča Mountains. In the 1990s there was a plan to construct a large dam for flood prevention and drinking water provision in Tichy Potok, which is in the upper part of the Torysa River. The dam was projected to flood approximately 123 hectares of the Upper Torysa River Valley area, including Tichy Potok village and other small villages so that a resettlement of the inhabitants would have been necessary.
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