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30,000 people die every day in the world due to lack of water.
The growing demand of the “blue gold” leads always to higher forms of privatization and unfair distribution models. The exploitation of natural common goods such as water grabbing – control of water resources – will inevitably causes a chain of violations of human, social, economic and cultural rights of individuals and communities and it represents a real threat to democracy.

A system increased through policies of austerity, by the processes of commodification of nature, by the deregulation of investment and international trade, including free trade agreements – as negotiations related TTIP – the infamous free trade treaty under discussion between the US and EU. A system of grabbing of the commons expanded by energy policies of individual states based on mining, hydrocarbons and on the construction of big dams.

The Water grabbing in our mountains in Trentino Alto-Adige is declined in the overbuilding of the ground caused by speculation, in mega-projects, in infrastructure, in the creation of reservoirs for artificial snow, in hydroelectric, and also in the groundwater poisoning due to the widespread of pesticides in intensive agricultural production.

There are many practices and victories that have dammed the processes of privatization and control of water resources: the Water War of Cochabamba in 2000, the resistance of the aqueducts community in Colombia; by referendum in Italy in 2011 against the privatization of water services, the mobilizations in Europe to promote the principles of ICE, – European citizens’ initiative on water common good; until the international campaign Stop Water Grabbing.

We will talk with:

José Antonio Gutierrez Danton – Dublin – exponent of collective Raices, an organization of cross-border solidarity with the Colombian movements, particularly of Valle del Cauca, Putumayo and Tolima. José analyzes the processes of water grabbing in Colombia against the implementation of international agreements on free trade. Specifically he describes the effects produced by the treaties in force between Colombia and the US and between the EU and Colombia about colombian economy and social and environmental impacts caused by the development of mining, agro-business and the implementation of mega projects promoted by these treats.

Luca Raineri, COSPE – NGO organization that has been working alongside the community to affirm the practical recognition of the right to water for all, the value of traditional knowledge and practices, water as a common good and models of participatory management and community. Luca Ranieri back from the World Social Forum in Tunis 2015 will present the international campaign STOP WATER GRABBING.

Francesca Caprini, – an association founded in Trento, but with roots in South America. Yaku since 2007 deals with international cooperation in Colombia and Bolivia with territorial initiatives in defense of water and common goods. Francesca Caprini coming back from Colombia, will speak about the environmental devastation caused by multinationals on the Rio Patia, in the department of Meta, and experiences of the aqueducts Community supported by the cooperation project “Agua Justicia y Paz in Colombia” made from Yaku with the Comision de Justicia Intereclesial y Paz.