Suriname can earn billions on clean water
Suriname in South America, is almost bankrupt. President Bouterse has to cut on salaries and other government spendings.
What could help the Suriname economy? Water. Suriname can earn billions on clean water.
Clean, fresh water could become Suriname’s main export product. Annually, 151 billion cubic meters of potable water flows directly to the ocean. Unused.
Due to climate change, fresh water supply has become one of the greatest threats of the century for large parts of the world.
Still, in the rainforests, water is abundant.
The south of Suriname has a lot of fresh water. This region, with a few traditional living communities, is an area of natural beauty. Earning on sustainable water extraction which can also be used for nature, is a win-win situation.
Amazone Resources has been granted a 40 year concession to extract fresh surface water from Suriname’s rivers. The quantities are large enough to reduce water shortages in all countries in the region, while not having any significant impact on the ecosystems in Suriname. The abundance of water coming from the Guyana shield is produces 10% of all fresh water on our planet. This source is sustainable and is replenished every year by the heavy monsoons in the rain forest.
Figures can be found on the site of Suriname conservation:
- Annually, there are 228 thousand cubic meters of water available for each resident
Far too much
- Annually, 151 billion cubic meters of potable water is flowing into the sea. |
- Each cubic meter of water properly can yield a dollar
Where to find buyers?
For example, in the Caribbean. According to the UN food organization FAO, Antigua, the Bahamas, Barbados, St. Kitts and Haiti together, are having a water shortage of 4.5 billion cubic meters annually. The FAO counted: as Suriname is going to export the water, it provides $ 4.5 billion. The Surinamese economy would grow by 89%.
Sounds like a mirage
That’s not it. An initial feasibility study was done in 2006. In 2015, the feasibility was confirmed in a new study. The Swiss-based Amazon Resources has a concession for 40 years to collect and transport the water abroad. This year, the first water transport to the Caribbean regio, will be a reality.
How do you transport large quantities of fresh water?
You would think in tanker ships, but Amazon Resources has invented something new: a zeppelin-shaped water trap being dragged across the ocean by an energy efficient tug boat. That would be environmentally friendly and cheaper. It looks fanciful and spectacular.
(…) The water is immediately ready for use and is easily convertible to drinking water. It can also be used to replenish depleted aquifers and mitigate damages to natural water reservoirs, caused by years of extraction. (…)
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