It is a pleasure to provide you with a new issue of our Newsletter on Water&Risk. The last edition has been published quite a while ago and if we are lucky you might have spent a thought on asking yourselves where we disappeared. Well, good things take a while! We have been busy and found new authors that provided us with insights into their work. But like meeting old friends: it does not matter how long you have not seen each other. What matters is that you meet again, catch up and enjoy each other’s company. Learning what has happened in the past and what new plans are on the menu.
I think, at present we continue to look more into long-known principles of water uses, giving them new meanings and acknowledging their value, while carefully considering associated risks. Maybe those risks out value the benefits, but often we find it to be vice versa.
With the rapid changes that our societies are facing, water management is becoming more and more a critical issue. We are calling for more drinking water for our growing populations, and also the growing agricultural demands are leading to an increase of water abstraction. Achieving food security for our communities under increasing unstable seasonal patterns and uncertain weather conditions poses a challenge for farmers worldwide. Aspects of water and sanitation count for occupational hygiene and personal hygiene of every farmer. They might be exposed to a variety of water-related health risks during their daily work routine and at their homes. Risks that are not necessarily considered to be such or that are accepted as a disturbance of daily life by the individuals.
We are still trying to get a better understanding about the complexity of water and risks. While data are gathered, models developed and knowledge is generated, we are still far away from understanding all processes that affect us. But this gives rise to optimism, that we will be able to provide you with more news about the research on water and risk.