This multimedia web site is an initiative of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting that allows students and teachers to interact directly with Pulitzer Center reporters — and with each other — to learn about and discuss the importance of water around the world. The public is also invited to explore the reporting, post their own story about water, and participate in special features, such as the “Ask the expert” section.
The Pullitzer Center launched the site in 2008 with a series of stories from East Africa, focussing on Ethiopia and Kenya, “two countries at the forefront of the world’s coming water crisis”. The Center partnered with the Choices Program at Brown University’s Watson Institute to develop a two-day lesson plan based on water challenges faced by people living in East Africa.
Since then more stories have been added about Desertification in China and South Asia’s Troubled Waters (covering India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal).
Users can access the stories with related videos, short video interviews with water and sanitation experts recorded during the World Water Forum in Istanbul, and videos posted by users, through a 3D-Viewer.
See below a report on the Water Wars portal that was highlighted in a special edition of Foreign Exchange devoted entirely to global water issues. Daljit Dhaliwal interviews Pulitzer Center journalist Alex Stonehill and draws on the portal to share video reports and student perspectives.