Milestones

It is essential to have a plan ahead as well as to understand how the movement and knowledge were born.

 

The below timeline shows an overview of the most critical events in the past documenting our progress and suggests the developed plan  on how to restore the climate globally.

 
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Climate stabilization 

2027  and later

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Further climate stabilization activities

Large-scale landscape 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 their 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 economic 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 landscape revitalization agenda based on a new water policy and the New Water Paradigm.

 

 

2025

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Climate improvements in eco-systems with new approach documented

20% of the projected water retention measures volumes built.

National and regional programs adopted and implemented in several countries and territories.

2022

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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 commited to climate restoration formulated.

 

 

2020

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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 the 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 academic institutions worldwide and certification system adopted.

 

2019 Jul

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Publishing the book ’10 years of experience with the solution’

An extended version of the New Water Paradigm book describing experiences gained through the projects implemented globally as perceived by various authors.

 

 

 

2019 Mar

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Continents rehydration global portal

A platform for crowdsourcing of information, resources, and territories available for water retention measures. The platform will also provide a DIY documentation to unlock effective construction of rainwater retention measures by individuals on a small scale.

The international movement is going be formed around the newly created platform.

Global rollout

2018 Nov

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Crowdfunding campaign kick-off

Crowdfunding campaign is an introdution to a long-term global campaign to restore small water cycle and  climate globally.

 

 

2018 Jan

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Global campaign design

The initiative website is going live. A series of online webinars hosted providing complete know-how starting from the scientific part of the theory all the way down to the design of the implementation steps.

 

2017 Jun

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'Rain for Climate' preparation

Design of the global initiative combining all the aspects of small water restoration, including onboarding of top-notch technology to measure impact.

 

 

 

2017 Mar

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US water tour and US action plan

27 presentations on the concept of New Water Paradigm, small water cycles restoration, and climate stabilization. The document 'US action plan' describes systematic approach required for restoration of small water cycle in NAMS region.

 

Feasibility study

2016 - 2007

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Knowledge sharing

Over 100 international conferences and lectures held.

 

 

 

 

2015 - 2016

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'Blue Schools'

Design of educational materials for primary and elementary schools based on the New Water Paradigm principle

2015

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Global action plan

Development and publication of the Global Action Plan. The document lays out systematic approach required to restore the climate globally.

 

 

 

2013 Jun

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The Cheyenne River project (USA, South Dakota)

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

 

2013 Apr

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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 (Slovak language only)

 

 

 

2013 - 2014

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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

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

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

 

 

 

2010 - 2012

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Slovak landscape revitalisation and integrated river basin management programme implementation

The program scope included over of 500 projects and 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

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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

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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.

 

2009 Aug

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Honorary recognition by Czech

Ministry of Environment

The team was recognized for the publication of their book ‘Water for the Recovery of the Climate – a New Water Paradigm’.

 

 

2009 Nov

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

The document proposes steps on 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.

 

  2008

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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.

 

 

 

2007-2008

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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

 Sept 2007

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Groundbreaking book
‘Water for the Recovery of the Clima
te

The 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. It 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 is considered the beginning of the new water paradigm era.

 

 

 

2005-2006

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Slovak Savings Bank Water Forest

Implementation of natural water retention measures in the High Tatras national park forest devastated by a wind storm. The implementation was done with the assistance from thousands of volunteers working on a vast area ravaged by natural disaster. The project was sponsored by the Slovak Savings Bank.

 

 

2006

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The book ‘Green Without Blue is Only Yellow’

 

 

 

2004

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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.

2003

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'Water for Global Cooling'
- international conference

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

 

 

2002

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National conference 'Integrated Sustainable Development of Rural Regions'

2000

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Book ‘Water for Third Millennium’

 

 

 

1999

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Goldman Environmental Price

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

 

1998

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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 the Marshal Plan in Europe.

 

 

 

 1996

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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

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Ecosystem-based water sources creation

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

 

 

1994

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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

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New climate theory

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

 

 

1980s

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Documented evidence of land dehydration first surfaced

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

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