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Is this our future?

The water reserves in our region are declining rapidly. In contrast, temperatures are constantly rising due to climate change. This (see image beside) could be the effect.

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The catastrophe is not far away.

For ages, the Asterousia mountains have been the water tank for the whole region-. However, the level of the groundwater has dropped dangerously. If this continues at this pace, sea water will eventually penetrate into the underground aquifers . This means that life on the coast, in the mountains and in parts of the Messara will no longer be possible.

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We have to decide!

Either: Lose the basis for livelihoods, residences, and life itself, while gambling away the future of our children and children's children. Or tackle the problem together. Right away. Because it's five minutes until midnight - and time is running out.

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Cretan Network for Future.

"Water is Life" is a campaign for a living future on Crete. It has been Initiated by three non-profit associations in the region in cooperation with a German partner association. Other associations, cooperatives and organizations have expressed their interest in working together. In this way we want to build a network on Crete and beyond. For a future worth living.

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You too can participate!

Everyone should have a chance to say what they think about the water shortage problem we are facing. That is the first step towards finding a common approach to meeting the challenge of this very real threat.

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Water is life, and along with oxygen, it is the most important element needed for human beings to exist. This is why people should be doing everything possible to make sure that a plentiful supply of this life-essential substance is available. And there is good reason for this.

For example, long-term, comprehensive research by the scientific project LEDDRA (supported by the EU) has revealed that a portion of the Messara Plain, the complete Asterousia Mountain range and the parallel coast along the Libyan Sea are already threatened by a dangerous decrease in freshwater reserves. And there are other places on Crete that have long been suffering from, at least temporary, water shortages.

That action must be taken is obvious. We need to talk about which actions need taking – and do this together and with a view to finding a collective approach to solving this existential problem. Trying to tackle the problem alone, or with an “everyone for themselves” attitude will not work. That is because there are too many important issues to consider – and no one person can solve this problem on their own.


A printed version of a 48-page brochure in Greek language is available now in certain locations in the region, it is free. You may also download here the PDF-versions in Greek and English:


Get the Greek Brochure (PDF)                     Get the English Brochure (PDF)

What can be done so that the rainwater that falls in the mountains can once again infiltrate the earth? How can we make better use of the rain we receive? How can we both reduce the amount of water being used in private households, in the tourism sector, in agriculture – and make sure we are using our water resources as effectively as possible? Where is water being lost through inattentiveness and carelessness, such as leaky cisterns and pipes? How much would effective solutions cost – and who shall pay for them? How can we try and involve policy makers and government bodies and make sure they are doing their parts?

It is questions like these that the Water is Life network wants to work on finding answers to – and crucially, do that together with everyone who lives and works in affected regions such as generally in Crete.

So, you are welcome to contact us, and – much better – to participate in the engagement. Of course, this also applies to individuals who do not belong to any organization.

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