Why this type of exhibition?
The starting point for the exhibition was the fact that water is a priority which concerns us all. The photos on show demonstrate the difficulties encountered on the five continents in terms of water (shortages, floods). Their impacts are felt on health and the environment: 2.1 billion people do not have access to clean water, 4.5 billion individuals are not connected to an adequate disposal system and 80% of wastewater is discharged into the natural environment.
The second lesson of this exhibition: we are not equal vis-à-vis water. Residents in regions (such as northern Brazil) are sometimes both victims of a lack of access to high-quality water and are affected by floods.
Finally, the photos of the Hydro exhibition portray the architects of the “reaction”: renovation of water systems, non-conventional water reuse, wastewater treatment, improved water management… through 250 projects, AFD provides its support and expertise to its partners. The objective: make water a common resource for the benefit of all.
It is no coincidence that Brazil is hosting the World Water Forum this year. Indeed, the country has considerable water stocks, but a large part of its population lacks access to high-quality water in sufficient quantities.
This photo of the outlying neighborhoods of Fortaleza sums up the whole paradox: they are exposed to floods due to the lack of appropriate drainage. Yet the region suffers from a water shortage.