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Minister of Environment, Carlos Minc, said that Itaipu Binacional's Cultivating Good Water Program serves as a "National Example" for other hydroelectric plants. The minister participated this Sunday evening in the opening of the 5th Cultivating Good Water Meeting and the Americas Water Forum in Foz do Iguaçu. He promised that he would ask president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva that the program developed by Itaipu at Paraná Basin 3 be replicated in other dams. "Itaipu is to be congratulated: it generates energy and defends the environment," praised the minister.


The two meetings, which have the theme of environmental preservation and the future of water resources, take place simultaneously until Tuesday at Hotel Rafain Palace.


There were several other authorities present at the opening ceremony along with Minc:  the president of the World Water Council, Loïc Fauchon, Turkey's Minister of Environment, Veysel Eroglu, the governor of Paraná, Roberto Requião, senator Marina Silva, director-president of National Water Agency, José Machado, the Brazilian and Paraguayan general directors of Itaipu, Jorge Samek and Carlos Quinto Mateo Balmelli, mayors from municipalities in the Paraná Basin 3, and other authorities.


More than 3,000 people participated in the 5th Cultivating Good Water Meeting, which is open to the public in general with workshops about river basin management, sustainable agriculture, planting medicinal plants, waste management, renewable energies, and sustainable buildings, among others.


The Americas Water Forum, on the other hand, is a closed event and brings together representatives from 37 countries. They will discuss what will be taken to the World Water Forum to be held in March 2009 in Turkey. The objective is to promote a platform of discussion and based on this a diagnosis of the political situation and management of the water resources on the American continent and make adequate political proposals for facing the challenge of the climatic changes especially.


For minister Carlos Minc, the 5th Cultivating Good Water Meeting and the Americas Water Forum are events that are going to "leave roots of a new awareness--the environmental reconstruction." Governor Roberto Requião affirmed to the meeting's participants that in Paraná, all share the same goal: "transform the State into a dam of contention of profits over environmental issues."


Senator Marina Silva, who is part of the Senate's Sub-commission on Waters, was applauded when her name was announced among the authorities present. In her speech, Marina said that the preparatory forum for the meeting in Turkey has a special significance, not only for the topic itself, but for it to be taking place in Brazil, a country that has 11% of all the planet's fresh water. "This gives us a lot of responsibility."

Both the Brazilian general director as well as the Paraguayan general director of Itaipu Jorge Samek and Carlos Mateo Balmelli emphasized that the work of environmental preservation is done in partnership with the community. Samek said that that there would be no advances in environmental issues if it were not for the involvement of the city administrations and people in the Paraná Basin 3. He also reinforced the support of Paraná governmental bodies that work in this area.


The president of the World Water Council, Loïc Fauchon, took advantage of the name of the Cultivating Good Water Program to affirm that "cultivating good waters expresses the need to preserve water resources." Water, according to him, is a priority that the whole world should defend.


The World Water Council has its headquarters in France and brings together 360 organizations from 60 countries with one basic concern: make taking care of water a priority for governments.




The 5th Cultivating Good Water Meeting will continue this Monday beginning at 8 o'clock in the morning. At the opening, Itaipu's Coordination director, Nelton Friedrich, will give a quick explanation of the program and what will be developed in the event. At 10am the minister for the Environment, Carlos Min, will give a magna presentation. The workshops will begin in the afternoon.


Also on Monday morning, the representatives from South, North, and Central America will discuss the water situation in the region. The Regional Document from the Americas to be taken to Turkey will be presented on Tuesday.