Climate Stabilization

2025

Significant climate improvement in the territories with new approach implemented

30% of the projected water retention measures volumes built.
Cumulatively revitalized 600 000 km2 / 230 000 sq. mi / 600 Mil. m3 water retention measures.
National and regional programs adopted and implemented in several countries and territories.

2019

Awareness build phase

Cumulatively revitalized 20 000 km2 / 15 500 sq. mi / 20 mil. m3 water retention measures.
Legislative proposals for reforms of agricultural, spatial development and public funding policies to adopt new water paradigm approach; national and detailed continental plans formulated.
Scientific studies on physical, mathematical, analytical and holistic verification of the approach and its positive socio-economic, cultural and environmental impacts conducted.
Global new water paradigm center of excellence open to wider public and certification system adopted.

2018 Nov

Publishing ’10 years of experience with the solution’

An extended version of the New Water Paradigm in a paperback describing experience gained through the projects implemented globally as perceived by various authors.

from 2027 on

  Further climate stabilization activities

Large-scale landscapes restoration and revitalization programs adopted by many countries worldwide decreasing flood and drought risks on regional, national and river basin levels.

Global target:
Increase water retention capacity of the continents, and its soils, by at least seven hundred cubic kilometers to renew water cycles between atmosphere, landscapes, and its soils.
Cumulatively revitalized at least 50 % of the human impacted territories on continents  (urban, rural, agricultural land and forest) by water retention and green infrastructure measures.
Profound structural changes to agricultural, spatial planning and economy policies across all geographical levels lead by new water pillar of the policies – harmonization of public policies and public expenditures enabling and respecting the need for water cycles renewal.
New socio-economic and cultural development and improvements followed in countries and regions undertaking the measures and landscapes revitalization agenda based on new water policy and New water paradigm.

2022

Global approach

Cumulatively revitalized 200 000 km2 / 77 000 sq. mi / 200 mil. m3 water retention measures.
Wide political and public recognition of the new approach – New water paradigm – and positive impacts of its implementation on the local, regional, national and international level.
Increased number of new countries involved in the model implementation and pilot projects of the water retention measures.
Global declaration formulated.

2018 Dec

Continents rehydration global portal

A platform allowing crowdsourcing of information, resources, and territories available for water retention measures.
The international movement formed.
Criteria to measure implementation success.

Global Rollout

2018 May

Crowdfunding campaign kick-off

2017 Jun

‘Rain for Climate’ initiative preparation

2018 Jan

Global campaign launch

2017 Mar

US Water tour

27 presentations on the concept of New water paradigm, small water cycles restoration, and climate stabilization

US action plan

PDF document

Feasibility Study

2016-2007

Knowledge sharing

Over 100 international conferences and lectures held.

2015

Global action plan

Development and publication of the Global action plan

PDF document

2013 Apr

Climate change adaptation case study

‘Water for the recovery of the climate in the Ondavka watershed’ - case study leveraging integrated rainwater retention measures in the Ondavka river watershed.

PDF document

2012 Jul

The ‘After us, the desert and the deluge?’ book

A bi-lingual Slovak-English book visually documenting landscape revitalization projects.

PFD document

2012-2010

Slovak landscape revitalisation and integrated river basin management programme

The rollout of the Slovak landscape revitalization and integrated river basin management programme implementation. The program scope included over of 500 projects.

The projects revitalized>25 000 ha (>62 000 ac) of landscape with an investment of 42 mil EUR. The implementations included over 100,000 natural water retention measures holding over 10 million m3 of water which while being built provided work to the long-term unemployed in 488 communities.

2010 Oct

Strategic document approved
by the Government of the Slovak Republic

The Landscape revitalization and integrated river basin management programme became an officially approved initiative by the Government of the Slovak Republic. The programme was based on the New Water Paradigm principles and it was co-authored by our core team members - Michal Kravčík and Martin Kováč.

 

Resolution

PDF Document

Submission report

PDF Document

Landscape revitalisation and integrated river basin management programme

PDF Document

2009 Nov

The Kosice civic protocol for water, vegetation
and climate change for the Earth

Document covering set of recommendations and measures to be implemented globally

PFD document

2007-2008

Policy documents approved by municipalities

Principles of integrated water resources management in municipalities and their river basins - an expert document of Slovak Association of Towns and Communities (ZMOS).
The strategy of the Association of Towns and Communities of Slovakia (ZMOS) on prevention and defense of towns and villages against floods was formulated.

2015-2016

'Blue Schools'

Design of educational materials for primary and grammar schools based on the New water paradigm principle

2013 Jun

The Cheyenne River project (USA, South Dakota)

Implementation of water retention measures on the Cheyenne River to protect and create new water sources.

Link

2014-2013

The Slovak landscape revitalization programme - satisfaction survey

 

Post-implementation surveys on the topic of water retention measures results and citizen activism related to the implementations - ranked very high positive score.

2012 Mar

National conference on the landscape revitalization programme

Results and achievements of the landscape revitalization and integrated river basin management programme were publically present at the Slovak Parliament.

2011

Educational program

Approx. 70 schools through Slovakia implemented water retention measures as part of their educational program. The program received 13 mil EUR funding from the Norway Grants.

2009 Aug

Honorary recognition by Czech Ministry of environment

The team was recognized for the publication of their ‘Water for the recovery of the climate – a new water paradigm’.

2008

The 'Green desert' project

The document proposing how to turn the Saudi Arabia Peninsula green. The theory and the document were considered groundbreaking quickly gaining strong international resonance with a large number of supporters and academic colleagues.

PDF document

Research & Development

2007 Sep

Groundbreaking book
‘Water for the recovery of the climate’

The groundbreaking book ‘Water for the recovery of the climate – a new water paradigm’  summarizes the gained knowledge, provides an explanation behind weather extremes and proposes a solution for stabilization of the climate. The book was translated to multiple languages, published and released as open source at waterparadigm.org.
Many scientific organizations and individuals look up to the book for inspiration, and it is considered the beginning of the new water paradigm era.

PDF document

2006

The ‘Green without Blue is only Yellow’ book

2003

'Water for the global cooling'
- international conference

Participation of experts from 14 countries – included research on changes to the hydrological regimes of Slovak river basins.

2000

Book ‘Water for third millennium’

1998

European-American Prize for Democracy
and Civic Society

Kravčík’s NGO 'People and Water’ was awarded the price on the occasion of 50th anniversary of Marshal Plan in Europe.

1995

Ecosystem-based water sources creation

‘Blue Alternative’ was the title of ecosystem-based procedure introduced as a dam alternative at the Tichy Potok village - the Upper Torysa river, Slovakia.

1993

New climatic theory

Research of historical hydrological data provided background for forming of the new theory behind climate change and weather extremes.

2006-2005

Slovak savings bank water forest

Implementation of natural water retention measures in the High Tatras national park forest devastated by a wind storm. The execution was done in assistance of thousands of volunteers on vast area ravaged by natural disaster. The Slovak savings bank sponsored all the activities.

2004

The Kosice water protocol

The document titled ‘Water for 21st century’’ accepted by the Košice City officials. The paper describes how to implement rainwater retention measures within the Košice urban zones.

PDF document (Slovak only)

2002

'Integrated sustainable development of rural regions'
- national conference

1999

Goldman Environmental Price

The price was awarded to Michal Kravčík for his contribution to the 'Blue Alternative' concept

Nominee intro (external link)

Goldman price (external link)

1996

The 'Blue Alternative’ innovation concept

Michal Kravčík developed the 'Blue Alternative' innovation concept as an Ashoka fellow – the idea leverages local activism for sustainable development in rural regions.

1994

First national water policy in Europe

Titled ‘Water for the third millennium’ was an alternative water policy for the country of Slovakia based on integrated management principles.
The policy was accepted by the Slovak National Parliament on June 2nd, 2004 and thus became the first official national policy of its kind in Europe.

1980s

Documented evidence of land dehydration first surfaced

Michal Kravčík’ research identifies evidence of landscape degradation caused by agro lands dry up efforts.

Institute of hydrology and ecology, Slovak Academy of Sciences
The research conducted in the Cierna Voda catchment, East Slovakia lowland area.

Climate Stabilization

Further climate stabilization
activities

from 2027 on

  Further climate stabilization activities

Large-scale landscapes restoration and revitalization programs adopted by many countries worldwide decreasing flood and drought risks on regional, national and river basin levels.

Global target:
Increase water retention capacity of the continents, and its soils, by at least seven hundred cubic kilometers to renew water cycles between atmosphere, landscapes, and its soils.
Cumulatively revitalized at least 50 % of the human impacted territories on continents  (urban, rural, agricultural land and forest) by water retention and green infrastructure measures.
Profound structural changes to agricultural, spatial planning and economy policies across all geographical levels lead by new water pillar of the policies – harmonization of public policies and public expenditures enabling and respecting the need for water cycles renewal.
New socio-economic and cultural development and improvements followed in countries and regions undertaking the measures and landscapes revitalization agenda based on new water policy and New water paradigm.

2025

Significant climate improvement in the territories with new approach implemented

30% of the projected water retention measures volumes built.
Cumulatively revitalized 600 000 km2 / 230 000 sq. mi / 600 Mil. m3 water retention measures.
National and regional programs adopted and implemented in several countries and territories.

2022

Global approach

Cumulatively revitalized 200 000 km2 / 77 000 sq. mi / 200 mil. m3 water retention measures.
Wide political and public recognition of the new approach – New water paradigm – and positive impacts of its implementation on the local, regional, national and international level.
Increased number of new countries involved in the model implementation and pilot projects of the water retention measures.
Global declaration formulated.

2019

Awareness build phase

Cumulatively revitalized 20 000 km2 / 15 500 sq. mi / 20 mil. m3 water retention measures.
Legislative proposals for reforms of agricultural, spatial development and public funding policies to adopt new water paradigm approach; national and detailed continental plans formulated.
Scientific studies on physical, mathematical, analytical and holistic verification of the approach and its positive socio-economic, cultural and environmental impacts conducted.
Global new water paradigm center of excellence open to wider public and certification system adopted.

2018 Dec

Continents rehydration global portal

A platform allowing crowdsourcing of information, resources, and territories available for water retention measures.
The international movement formed.
Criteria to measure implementation success.

2018 Nov

Publishing ’10 years of experience with the solution’

An extended version of the New Water Paradigm in a paperback describing experience gained through the projects implemented globally as perceived by various authors.

Global Rollout

2018 May

Crowdfunding campaign kick-off

2018 Jan

Global campaign launch

2017 Jun

‘Rain for Climate’ initiative preparation

2017 Mar

US Water tour

27 presentations on the concept of New water paradigm, small water cycles restoration, and climate stabilization

US action plan

PDF document

Feasibility Study

2016-2007

Knowledge sharing

Over 100 international conferences and lectures held.

2015-2016

'Blue Schools'

Design of educational materials for primary and grammar schools based on the New water paradigm principle

2015

Global action plan

Development and publication of the Global action plan

PDF document

2013 Jun

The Cheyenne River project (USA, South Dakota)

Implementation of water retention measures on the Cheyenne River to protect and create new water sources.

Link

2013 Apr

Climate change adaptation case study

‘Water for the recovery of the climate in the Ondavka watershed’ - case study leveraging integrated rainwater retention measures in the Ondavka river watershed.

PDF document

2014-2013

The Slovak landscape revitalization programme - satisfaction survey

 

Post-implementation surveys on the topic of water retention measures results and citizen activism related to the implementations - ranked very high positive score.

2012 Jul

The ‘After us, the desert and the deluge?’ book

A bi-lingual Slovak-English book visually documenting landscape revitalization projects.

PFD document

2012 Mar

National conference on the landscape revitalization programme

Results and achievements of the landscape revitalization and integrated river basin management programme were publically present at the Slovak Parliament.

2012-2010

Slovak landscape revitalisation and integrated river basin management programme

The rollout of the Slovak landscape revitalization and integrated river basin management programme implementation. The program scope included over of 500 projects.

The projects revitalized>25 000 ha (>62 000 ac) of landscape with an investment of 42 mil EUR. The implementations included over 100,000 natural water retention measures holding over 10 million m3 of water which while being built provided work to the long-term unemployed in 488 communities.

2011

Educational program

Approx. 70 schools through Slovakia implemented water retention measures as part of their educational program. The program received 13 mil EUR funding from the Norway Grants.

2010 Oct

Strategic document approved
by the Government of the Slovak Republic

The Landscape revitalization and integrated river basin management programme became an officially approved initiative by the Government of the Slovak Republic. The programme was based on the New Water Paradigm principles and it was co-authored by our core team members - Michal Kravčík and Martin Kováč.

 

Resolution

PDF Document

Submission report

PDF Document

Landscape revitalisation and integrated river basin management programme

PDF Document

2009 Nov

The Kosice civic protocol for water, vegetation
and climate change for the Earth

Document covering set of recommendations and measures to be implemented globally

PFD document

2009 Aug

Honorary recognition by Czech Ministry of environment

The team was recognized for the publication of their ‘Water for the recovery of the climate – a new water paradigm’.

2008

The 'Green desert' project

The document proposing how to turn the Saudi Arabia Peninsula green. The theory and the document were considered groundbreaking quickly gaining strong international resonance with a large number of supporters and academic colleagues.

PDF document

2007-2008

Policy documents approved by municipalities

Principles of integrated water resources management in municipalities and their river basins - an expert document of Slovak Association of Towns and Communities (ZMOS).
The strategy of the Association of Towns and Communities of Slovakia (ZMOS) on prevention and defense of towns and villages against floods was formulated.

Research & Development

2007 Sep

Groundbreaking book
‘Water for the recovery of the climate’

The groundbreaking book ‘Water for the recovery of the climate – a new water paradigm’  summarizes the gained knowledge, provides an explanation behind weather extremes and proposes a solution for stabilization of the climate. The book was translated to multiple languages, published and released as open source at waterparadigm.org.
Many scientific organizations and individuals look up to the book for inspiration, and it is considered the beginning of the new water paradigm era.

PDF document

2006-2005

Slovak savings bank water forest

Implementation of natural water retention measures in the High Tatras national park forest devastated by a wind storm. The execution was done in assistance of thousands of volunteers on vast area ravaged by natural disaster. The Slovak savings bank sponsored all the activities.

2006

The ‘Green without Blue is only Yellow’ book

2004

The Kosice water protocol

The document titled ‘Water for 21st century’’ accepted by the Košice City officials. The paper describes how to implement rainwater retention measures within the Košice urban zones.

PDF document (Slovak only)

2003

'Water for the global cooling'
- international conference

Participation of experts from 14 countries – included research on changes to the hydrological regimes of Slovak river basins.

2002

'Integrated sustainable development of rural regions'
- national conference

2000

Book ‘Water for third millennium’

1999

Goldman Environmental Price

The price was awarded to Michal Kravčík for his contribution to the 'Blue Alternative' concept

Nominee intro (external link)

Goldman price (external link)

1998

European-American Prize for Democracy
and Civic Society

Kravčík’s NGO 'People and Water’ was awarded the price on the occasion of 50th anniversary of Marshal Plan in Europe.

1996

The 'Blue Alternative’ innovation concept

Michal Kravčík developed the 'Blue Alternative' innovation concept as an Ashoka fellow – the idea leverages local activism for sustainable development in rural regions.

1995

Ecosystem-based water sources creation

‘Blue Alternative’ was the title of ecosystem-based procedure introduced as a dam alternative at the Tichy Potok village - the Upper Torysa river, Slovakia.

1994

First national water policy in Europe

Titled ‘Water for the third millennium’ was an alternative water policy for the country of Slovakia based on integrated management principles.
The policy was accepted by the Slovak National Parliament on June 2nd, 2004 and thus became the first official national policy of its kind in Europe.

1993

New climatic theory

Research of historical hydrological data provided background for forming of the new theory behind climate change and weather extremes.

1980s

Documented evidence of land dehydration first surfaced

Michal Kravčík’ research identifies evidence of landscape degradation caused by agro lands dry up efforts.

Institute of hydrology and ecology, Slovak Academy of Sciences
The research conducted in the Cierna Voda catchment, East Slovakia lowland area.