Shanghai World Expo examines water's significance to cities (2)

14:56, May 07, 2010      

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"With the pavilion, we raise the awareness of the expo visitors' about the importance of the water in the daily life of the city and make people more aware of water issues in other places of the world," he added.

What children think of water and what water means for them is an important topic as well. "We hope our young visitors will learn in their early life about how important water is," Bergkamp said.

He said the Chinese government is very much aware of the challenges relating to water.

"What is needed is more awareness and willingness by people and businesses to change their behavior," he said.

Bergkamp said one of the characteristics of the WWC pavilion is that it doesn't have walls. "The idea is that people can easily come into the pavilion. We want to be open, as water is everybody's business."

Many nation's pavilions selected for Urban Best Practice by the Expo also interpret the relationship between water and city.

The Singapore Pavilion has an introduction on how the country handles its serious water shortage problem. When visitors touch a computer screen in the pavilion, the country's water policies are shown.
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