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On the Water Front vol. 2 presents new analysis from global thought-leaders

New edition features 14 essays on water and water quality issues that build upon research presented at the 2010 World Water Week in Stockholm. 

On the Water Front vol. 2 offers a collection of the most innovative and important insights on water and water quality presented at the 2010 World Water Week in Stockholm. This compendium is a must-read for those interested in the latest knowledge, tools and strategies to resolve the planet’s most pressing water quality challenges.

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Each of its chapters are authored by leading luminaries from science, business, and public policy and build upon research presented at the 2010 World Water Week in Stockholm, includingStockholm Water Prize Laureates Dr. Rita Colwell and Prof. Takashi Asano and have been edited and peer reviewed by the World Water Week Scientific Programme Committee.

Download it here to gain knowledge on how the public health sector will be impacted by climate change, the most potent policy cocktails to protect coastal waters, the best-practice solutions to wastewater reclamation and reuse, what the potential onset of peak water and peak phosphorus could mean to humanity, new ideas to mitigate the growing dangers of chemical and agricultural pollution to human and environmental health, and much more.


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Patyka, What It Means To Feel Beautiful

Patyka is a Parisienne beauty care brand that is not just delicious for what is between the covers, but also has put much care into its packaging as well. Unwrapping the Absolis Patyka Neroli Brightening body lotion is like unwrapping origami.

Not only do you find the treasure of the smooth-smelling EcoCert, CosmeBio, Leaping Bunny certified lotion inside the package, you are also welcomed with a message announcing that you have just unwrapped a “tree-free” box that is made from sugar cane residue, flax and hemp. Their philosophy?

Because nothing is lost and everything is transformed. – Patyka

But back to the EcoBeauty products themselves that Patyka calls “beauté remarquable” a phrase they’ve trademarked.

It translates to “Remarkable Beauty” and is encapsulated by not just an ingredients list but also a philosophy that emphasizes every bit a woman’s feelings of inner beauty. The Patyka manifesto:

My beauty is a work of art…My well being stems from an approach that rids me of any complexes and respects me and my environment…Modern, responsible, active and demanding – my beauty bears testimony to the fact that an effective and intelligent cosmetic solution exists…

Each product, as well as their line of perfumes, is carefully crafted and blended with an apothecarist’s wisdom.  Case in point: Neroli body lotion is a blend of Neroli and Sesame: Neroli soothes, tones and restores elasticity and is tolerated by most skin types. Sesame is rich in Omegas 3 and 6. Sesame oil is easily absorbed by the skin and takes with it all of the active properties of the substances it is blended with. It also restructures the skin tissue.

NoPeg Natural Beauty Care Shop, 75002 Paris

You can find Patyka products at NoPeg in Paris, a delightful natural beauty products shop that also offers day spa pampering such as foot massages and facials.

Patyka is available at U.S. boutiques and online for global customers.


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Cultural Entrepreneurship

Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre, Osoyoos, B.C., Canada

Many First Nations Bands of British Columbia are still largely dependent on government subsidies, which are arguably failing to meet the needs of these communities. A lack of autonomy is perpetuated by a reserve system that was never meant to be permanent. Enter Cultural Entrepreneurship: First Nations communities taking control of their traditional lands to end government dependency and strengthen community through economic self-sufficiency while still preserving and deepening traditional values. It’s a mouthful. But First Nations entrepreneurs are already making it happen.

There have been waves of positive stories throughout British Columbia. Chief Clarence Louie transformed the bankrupt Osoyoos First Nation Band of 1984 into the prosperous portfolio of nine enterprises that it holds today. The Osoyoos Spirit Ridge Resort and Nk’Mip Cellars Winery leverage the Osoyoos culture to offer an authentic aboriginal experience to travellers and set them apart from the competition. Further to the coast in Whistler, B.C., the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, showcasing the Lil’wat and Squamish cultures, has been popular since opening its doors in June 2008. The centre capitalizes on the concentrated flow of foreign and domestic tourism through Whistler and those wishing to include Aboriginal culture as a portion of their vacation experience. The centre, run jointly by the Squamish and Lil’wat Nations, also provides Aboriginal Tourism training to develop leadership and employment skills among the band members.

The Aboriginal youth population in Canada is growing at more than twice the rate of the whole population. Entrepreneurial ventures run by First Nations band members will create jobs for this expanding generation of youth, who may otherwise have limited opportunity on reserves. And having access to opportunities available for these up-and-coming bright minds will be important. Aboriginal Tourism BC (AtBC) seeks to help some of these aspiring young people through their Entrepreneurship Program.  The entity provides business plan development help to various First Nations that apply.  In the future, AtBC seeks to also provide capital to put those plans in motion.  The Opening Doors to Youth program through BCIT also ran an entrepreneurship program, where BCIT students led a group at Mount Currie High School in Lillooet to manage businesses including Lil’wat Cinema, a T-shirt company called MC Wear, and a drop-in soccer night.

The result of cultural entrepreneurship could be autonomy and self-sufficiency with the retention of cultural values. It’s a nice formula. But not all of the communities in British Columbia have seen the same success as the Osoyoos, the Squamish and the Lil’Wat bands. The various resources available to facilitate the process will be important.

The varied story of Aboriginal cultural in British Columbia is a compelling one, and creating businesses that share this story while also achieving economic independence and creating opportunities for youth shows promise for First Nations development throughout the province.

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