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Results from the 2006 Water Survey

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Here are the results of survey rating reader interest and media coverage of water issues.

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WHAT WE LEARNED

Planeta readers are most interested in water conservation in the tourism industry, particularly in hotels. Other topics of interest include marine biodiversity, coral reef protection and drinking water.

Readers are disappointed with media coverage, with more than half the respondents giving local, national and international coverage the lowest mark possible.

That said, there have been great examples of media coverage and initiatives that communicate about work to to conserve water at various localities around the world.

ABOUT THE SURVEY

The survey was conducted online in March and April 2006. 21 people participated. The survey was announced on Planeta.com's Headlines and Water Guide.


On a scale of 1-5 (1 being the least, 5 being the most) please rate your interest in the following topics:


1 2 3 4 5 Response Total
Biodiversity (Marine)
10% (2) 10% (2) 14% (3) 24% (5) 43% (9) 21
Coral reef protection
10% (2) 10% (2) 10% (2) 29% (6) 43% (9) 21
Cruises
43% (9) 14% (3) 24% (5) 5% (1) 14% (3) 21
Drinking water
0% (0) 10% (2) 10% (2) 24% (5) 57% (12) 21
Fishing
24% (5) 48% (10) 0% (0) 19% (4) 10% (2) 21
Kayaking
24% (5) 19% (4) 29% (6) 24% (5) 5% (1) 21
Oceans
10% (2) 10% (2) 5% (1) 38% (8) 38% (8) 21
Rafting
29% (6) 10% (2) 29% (6) 24% (5) 10% (2) 21
Scuba Diving and Snorkeling
24% (5) 29% (6) 14% (3) 19% (4) 14% (3) 21
Water conservation in homes
5% (1) 0% (0) 0% (0) 43% (9) 52% (11) 21
Water conservation in hotels
10% (2) 0% (0) 10% (2) 19% (4) 62% (13) 21
Whale Watching
24% (5) 14% (3) 29% (6) 19% (4) 14% (3) 21

On a scale of 1-5 (1 being the least, 5 being the most) please rate how well you think water issues are covered at the local, national and international levels:


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1 2 3 4 5 Response Total
Local
43% (9) 29% (6) 14% (3) 14% (3) 0% (0) 21
National
24% (5) 33% (7) 33% (7) 10% (2) 0% (0) 21
International
25% (5) 45% (9) 20% (4) 0% (0) 10% (2) 20

Do you have any examples of great coverage of water issues?

Working for Water was a uniquely successful South African government project, that brought awareness of water issues like never before in that country.

Gulf of Mexico Foundation - Great educational tool for teachers.

NACLA report on water

Media coverage of garbage in the Cañon del Sumidero, in the state of Chiapas

What water-specific topics are under-reported?

The decline of coral reefs and what isn't being done to protect them. Worlds decline in water availability and quality.

Sanitation

Role of Marine Protected Areas in restocking adjacent fisheries. How coral reefs not only support biodiversity, but also protect coastal areas during tsunamis and hurricanes.

International privatization of water Effects of climate change on water quality

Would like to see more depth in reporting on the Chesapeake Bay, near where I live.

Watershed issues, conservation

Water conservation at home.

Creation of water treatment centers in the 3rd world

Septic leakage into lakes, oceans and sea. Use of brackish well water in hotels Skin absorption of toxins

Tourist resorts over-exploitation of water. Ways of conserving water at home and in hotels. Local pollution of water

Water Conservation on a personal scale. And how this affects the larger scale. Individual contributions to water pollution and how this adds up on a larger scale.

Any other comments?

I have noticed that in Oaxaca, many roofs are tilted so that run off from rain or overfilled tanks runs to a low point on the roof and then into the street. The street does not need water -- roof water needs to run off into the gardens and grass.

The IV World Water Forum in Mexico never reached the poorest, those that are deprived of their own water resources

This is a good survey!

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