"About 80% of the world's population lives in areas where the fresh water supply is not secure, according to a new global analysis. Researchers compiled a composite index of "water threats" that includes issues such as scarcity and pollution. The most severe threat category encompasses 3.4 billion people. Writing in the journal Nature, they say that in western countries, conserving water for people through reservoirs and dams works for people, but not nature. They urge developing countries not to follow the same path. Instead, they say governments should invest in water management strategies that combine infrastructure with "natural" options such as safeguarding watersheds, wetlands and flood plains" - see full article
The Vetiver System is very well placed as a proven technology for safe guarding watersheds, wetlands, and flood plains outside the temperate regions of the globe. Examples can be found on TVNI website
We must keep pressing policy makers and planners to incorporate the Vetiver System into their planning - its cheap, its effective, and it is an excellent way of mimicking nature.