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Working to avoid World War III


In my quarter of a century of reading NCE I have never been so impressed by a cover as I was by that of last week. Instead of debating fruitlessly about the status of civil engineers, let us get on with the task of saving humanity from the much talked about 'water wars'.

I have been contributing to international conferences highlighting the need for sustainable water management. I also participated in the World Water forum in the Netherlands last month.

Last year I wrote to the executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme to explain that he has the responsibility to warn of such wars, so that the world can take precautionary measures including giving proper value to water supply in the future.

Vijay K Vijayaratnam(M),

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