Water

Only 3% of the earth’s water is freshwater; about two-thirds of it is frozen in glaciers and polar ice caps and we have long over-stretched this precious resource.

 

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Water is the source of all life and
needs to be managed carefully

 

for people

+ 50 %

increase in global water demand by 2030

for nature

- 80%

decline in freshwater biodiversity since 1970

for security

90%

of all natural disasters are water-related


How we engage

The mission of the IUCN Global Water Programme is to be a trusted partner for evidence-based and adaptive change in water resource management that benefits nature and people. We bring together our extensive network of IUCN Members, experts, government and private sector partners to develop sustainable solutions to manage water resources.

Our work focuses on water governance that integrates the needs of people and nature, the implementation of sustainable water resource management to secure water-related ecosystem services and conserve freshwater biodiversity, and support increased investment in ecosystems as natural water infrastructure. 


 

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  • In the spotlight:

    Wetlands for a Sustainable Urban Future

    21-29 October 2018

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    The 13th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP13) will be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from 21 to 29 October 2018. The theme for COP13 is “Wetlands for a Sustainable Urban Future”.

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  • In the spotlight:

    Plastic from source to sea

    As plastic is discarded into our waterways, rivers become conveyor belts of plastic waste, transporting this toxic cargo into the world's estuaries, deltas and oceans.

    This new visual story takes the reader from source to sea highlighting the importance of good river basin management in helping to tackle the global marine plastic pollution challenge. 

    Share and follow us via @IUCN_Water and @MARPLASTICCs to #beatplasticpollution

  • In the spotlight:

    World Water Week 2018

    Water, ecosystems and human development is the theme of this year's World Water Week. The conference will take place in Stockholm, Sweden from 26-31 August.

    IUCN leads several sessions and co-organises events and seminars. For a full overview of IUCN's activities during World Water Week, please click the link.

    Follow us on Twitter via @IUCN_Water at #WWWeek

  • In the spotlight:

    Inclusion and Sustainability for African Growth Corridors

    SUSTAIN-Africa is an initiative aiming to implement the Sustainable Development Goals in African Growth Corridors.

    This new visual story shows how IUCN and partners are working on the ground, across different stakeholders and scales, to facilitate greening of growth that is inclusive and climate-resilient in Tanzania and Mozambique.  

    Click the title link for the full story, and share via our Twitter @IUCN_Water

  • In the spotlight:

    Champions of Water Governance

    A new IUCN Publication launched at the 8th World Water Forum - Leadership Building for Local to Transboundary Water Cooperation

    This thematic case study reviews the diverse experience of the ‘Champions’ component’ of BRIDGE in Mesoamerica, South America, in the Lower Mekong region and in the Lake Chad Basin, to examine the factors of success and draw lessons for future initiatives that may choose to rely on change makers to effect transformative change. 

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  • The Cahora Bassa dam, Mozambique Photo: ©IUCN/Claire Warmenbol

    SUSTAINability in African Landscapes

    09.11.2018

    Blog by Claire Warmenbol. SUSTAIN is a 10-year programme supporting inclusive green growth in Tanzania and Mozambique, with a particular focus on creating shared value for business, communities and nature. Both countries possess strong development...

  • Participants stand under event banner at closing ceremony Left to right: Sabyasachi Dutta from the Asian Confluence, Chamaporn Paiboonvorachat from the MRC, and Prithviraj Nath from the Asian Confluence at the workshop closing ceremony  Photo: © BRIDGE/IUCN

    Mekong and Brahmaputra-Meghna Basins: Opportunity to collaborate and improve transboundary water management.

    09.11.2018

    On 5 October, 20 representatives from civil society, government, and the academic sector, representing seven countries which are part of the Mekong and Brahmaputra-Meghna River Basins, met in Bangkok to identify cross-basin learning and collaboration...

  • Okavango Delta Photo: ©mendelson/shutterstock

    A call from Ramsar COP13 to the Convention on Biological Diversity

    07.11.2018

    Our challenge to the Convention on Biological Diversity: a call from Ramsar COP13 to embed wetland conservation in the post-2020 biodiversity and sustainable development agendas.

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Wise Up Photo: © shutterstock Vladimir

WISE-UP to Climate

WISE-UP or 'Water Infrastructure Solutions from Ecosystem Services Underpinning Climate Resilient Policies and Programmes'

 

Cover: Women as change-makers Photo: ©IUCN Water

New report

Women as change-makers in the governance of shared waters

 

Sugarcane grower, SUSTAIN Initiative, Tanzania Photo: Maria Ana Borges

SUSTAIN

Bridging water security and sustainable development. Building sustainable and inclusive growth to improve water and food security and climate resilience.

 

Bridge Map 2017 Photo: IUCN

BRIDGE

BRIDGE - Building River Dialogue and Governance. This project aims to build water governance capacities through learning, demonstration, leadership, and consensus-building, in particular in transboundary river basins.

 

Quick reads

Aimed at policy-makers and journalists, IUCN Issues Briefs provide key information on selected issues in a two-pager format.

Thumbnail_CC and Water issues brief Photo: IUCN

Water and climate change

Water and weather, the delicate balance between evaporation and precipitation, is the primary cycle through which climate change is felt. As our climate changes, droughts, floods, melting glaciers,...

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