Experts taking part in an international congress on water which is being held in Palma yesterday expressed the need for governments and citizens to show greater awareness of the “limitations“ of supplies and the convenience of adopting measures to save and make better use of water. Those taking part in the congress, which is being held for the first time, include Peter Matthews, former chairman of the European Water Society and director of the Pelican Portfolio in the United Kingdom. Yesterday he spoke of the “need and great responsibility” of the European Union member countries to adopt a “responsible capitalism” and to export to other countries their knowledge on the management and saving of water. He referred to the “necessary” respect for nature and pointed out the negative consequences of the effects of global warming.

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