Our Honorary Members are renowned personalities who advocate, proves and convince people and the local authorities of the urgent challenges to re-think the water resources management especially when it comes to rainwater management. Their voice greatly support the use and promotion water harvesting solutions as well as sanitation.
The IRHA bestows this title to people who have given their knowledge and energy to elevate and reinforce the rainwater harvesting movement.
|Maude Barlow is the National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians and chairs the board of Washington-based Food and Water Watch. She serves on the executive of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature and is a Councillor with the Hamburg-based World Future Council.
Maude is the recipient of thirteen honorary doctorates as well as many awards, including the 2005 Right Livelihood Award (known as the “Alternative Nobel”), the 2005 Lannan Foundation Cultural Freedom Fellowship Award, the Citation of Lifetime Achievement at the 2008 Canadian Environment Awards, the 2009 Earth Day Canada Outstanding Environmental Achievement Award, the 2009 Planet in Focus Eco Hero Award, and the 2011 EarthCare Award, the highest international honour of the Sierra Club (US).
In 2008/2009, she served as Senior Advisor on Water to the 63rd President of the United Nations General Assembly and was a leader in the campaign to have water recognized as a human right by the UN. She is also the author of dozens of reports, as well as 17 books, including her latest, Blue Future: Protecting Water For People And The Planet Forever. In September 2016, her new book, Boiling Point, Government Neglect, Corporate Abuse and Canada’s Water Crisis, has been published.
|Mr. Yeom Tae-Young
Mr. Yeom Tae-Young is the 26th Mayor of Suwon City, Republic of Korea, Korea’s no. 1 local government with a population of 1.1 million.
When he was elected in June 2010, Mr. Yeom said: “[My] victory belongs to the 1.1 million citizens of Suwon and it is going to be the engine to transform Suwon into a city of ‘hope’ and ‘change.’” Today, Suwon City is a vibrant city, where change has taken place. In 2009, Suwon embarked on the “Rain City” project to improve the water management and prevent floods in the city by installing Rainwater Storage and Infiltration systems in buildings and forests. Mr. Yeom has taken this initiative to unprecedented levels: from involving citizens in harvesting their own rainwater for gardening with the installation of a Rain Box in their homes, to larger scale projects in the city’s sport-complex for instance.
Mr. Yeom Tae-Young is true to his words of committing to his people and making Suwon the “Environment Capital of the Republic of Korea” and a “Human City”.
|Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak
Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak is the founder of India’s Sulabh International Social Service Organisation and the Sulabh Sanitation and Social Reform Movement..
Action Sociologist, social reformer and international expert on low-cost sanitation, public conveniences, biogas from human excreta and rural development, Dr. Pathak has worked for the last four decades to improve sanitation in the poorest regions of India..
Dr. Pathak is the 2009 Stockholm Water Prize laureate.
|Dr. Jean Ziegler
Sociologist, writer, head of the Emmaus community in Geneva, renowned politician in Switzerland, where he was born and has lived until now, senior professor at the University of Geneva and the Sorbonne in Paris, France..Dr. Jean Ziegler has written several books on food and hunger in the world. He was the Special Reporter of the United Nations on the Rights to Food from 2000 till March 2008. In this role, he reported on the situation of hunger and malnutrition in many countries including Nigeria, Ethiopia, India, Bangladesh, Mongolia, Brazil, Palestine and Guatemala, among others.
.He is presently a member of the Consultative Committee of the United Nations Human Rights Commission.