The International Foundation for the Protection of Drinking Water is an International Organization that supports and promotes the principles of the United Nations 21st Agenda on the Environment. Conducts worldwide research on water and humanitarian issues and their ensuing relationship with the environment. By way of information dissemination and education, promotes communication and cooperation between the peoples of the world. Advises on increasing the efficiency of existing and the introduction of new technologies.


At the beginning of 2000 the Foundation sent an advanced team to investigate water and environmental issues within its field of influence, to China. The outcome of this work, was the ratification of a motion put to the Annual General Meeting of the Foundation in July of 2000 to support a five-year Mission to China.

Mission Head Quarters were established in Beijing at the beginning of 2001, the work at hand to formulate and execute a Five Year Plan in terms of the Foundations “Mission Statement”.

This initiative resulted in the commencement of programs under four categories. Regional Endorsement Program, “Essence of Life” Documentary Program, Educational Road Show – Seminar & Communication Program and Regional Assistance Program. The realization of these programs will be a valuable work for the people of China and their environment.

Information production is no longer enough, information needs to be debated, set in a socio-cultural economic context and must be the result of a participatory process as opposed to the window dressing exercise of consultation.

Regional Endorsement Programs, whereby special areas are vested into the protection of the IFPDW subject to Local Government agreement to conduct the development of said area in terms of the Conditions and Recommendations as notified in the 21St Agenda of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, are successfully underway.

Working in co-operation with Chinese Central Government Departments the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Food & Agricultural Organization (FAO), the International Foundation for the Protection of Drinking Water (IFPDW) now proudly presents the “Essence of Life” an interactive documentary of China’s Water Heritage.

What must be the most extensive and comprehensive program of its type undertaken in China the “Essence of life” – Documentary’s purpose is to inform, advise and develop awareness thus empower people with knowledge about water and the concept of protecting their water. The significance is obvious. It not only offers valuable information and perspectives on the water issue; it also helps Government, International Organizations and International Water Groups to understand China.

The bringing together of this undertaking is a tremendous credit to all concerned. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to all those involved in this endeavor.


Janine Buckleton-Reid


International Foundation for the Protection of Drinking Water