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.
2027 and later
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Crowdfunding campaign kick-off
Crowdfunding campaign is an introdution to a long-term global campaign to restore small water cycle and climate globally.
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.
'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.
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.
2016 - 2007
Over 100 international conferences and lectures held.
2015 - 2016
Design of educational materials for primary and elementary schools based on the New Water Paradigm principle
Global action plan
Development and publication of the Global Action Plan. The document lays out systematic approach required to restore the climate globally.
The Cheyenne River project (USA, South Dakota)
Implementation of water retention measures on the Cheyenne River to protect and create new water sources.
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
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.
The book ‘After us, the desert and the deluge?’
A bi-lingual Slovak-English book visually documenting landscape revitalization projects.
2010 - 2012
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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
‘Water for the Recovery of the Climate
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.
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.
The book ‘Green Without Blue is Only Yellow’
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.
'Water for Global Cooling'
- international conference
Participation of experts from 14 countries – included research on changes to the hydrological regimes of Slovak river basins.
National conference 'Integrated Sustainable Development of Rural Regions'
Book ‘Water for Third Millennium’
Goldman Environmental Price
The price was awarded to Michal Kravčík for his contribution to the 'Blue Alternative' concept
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.
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.
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.
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.
New climate theory
Research of historical hydrological data provided background for forming of the new theory behind climate change and weather extremes.
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.