Melvin van der Veen
Water • Climate adaptation • Alternatives • Negotiated Approach
I first learnt about the work of Both ENDS' partners during my field work in the Argentinean Paraná Delta. One year later, during my internship at Both ENDS I participated in a partner meeting for the Ecosystem Alliance in the Brazilian Pantanal wetland. These experiences have in common that I was inspired by the passion, courage, spirit and creativity our partners show when fighting for sustainable and inclusive water management.
In my work for Both ENDS, I support groups in the Global South to make their efforts possible. Sometimes, this means ensuring that partners can protest effectively and safely, for example against large-scale infrastructure threatening their living environment and nature. At the same time, by using the Negotiated Approach I would like to work with partners on solutions for sustainable water management and climate adaptation, which can prevent eventual conflicts by ensuring participation and ownership of all water users.
A Negotiated Approach envisages the meaningful and long-term participation of communities in all aspects of managing the water and other natural resources on which their lives depend. It seeks to achieve healthy ecosystems and equitable sharing of benefits among all stakeholders within a river basin.
News / 4 July 2019
Tidal rivers in the southwest coastal area of Bangladesh have been dying since flood plains were replaced by Dutch-style polders in the 70s. Rivers are silted up, and during monsoon season water gets trapped within embankments. Every year, this situation of waterlogging inflicts adverse consequences particularly on women, as they take care of the household in waterlogged conditions in the absence of men who travel to the city in search of temporary work. NGO Uttaran is advocating for a change in policy and practice.
News / 3 July 2019
Through pollution and water scarcity, communities along the Kenyan Athi River have learnt the hard way that upstream and downstream communities are inevitably connected. In response to indiscriminate impacts on the environment and people's livelihoods, civil society organisations within the Athi River Basin formed the Athi River Community Network (ARCN).
News / 2 July 2019
The water quality of East Java's largest river, the Brantas River, is increasingly deteriorating due to a combination of industrial and household waste. This environmental pollution has a disproportionate impact on women. Yet, their participation in decision-making remains lacking. ECOTON is working to improve the situation.