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Children washing laundry in a freshwater pool, with potable water, generated through upwelling from the dam, Saloum Delta, Senegal

Securing water for all - a 2050 plan

Having the right institutions and processes in place to cope with increasing demands on water resources, under threat from climate change, is key to ensuring a clean and plentiful supply of water for the world’s growing population. …  

23 Sep 2010 | News story

Women at pump, Tanzania

The costly challenge of water and climate change

Financing the water sector in developing countries and the costs of adapting to climate change were under discussion during the World Water Week, which closed in Stockholm on 11 September. …  

13 Sep 2010 | News story

Peter Paul van Dijk, IUCN/SSC Freshwater Turtles and Tortoises Specialist Group with Snapping turtle

What lies within

World Water Week traditionally focuses on the management of freshwater resources for human use. In 2010, the International Year of Biodiversity, of all years, we should not forget that many plant and animal species also require freshwater in specific quantities, quality, and at specific times, says Dr William Darwall of IUCN’s Species Programme. …  

13 Sep 2010 | News story

Pangani Basin, Africa

The future of water in the face of climate change

There needs to be significant investment to solve the growing water crisis that threatens water supplies and water quality for both people and nature, says IUCN. Climate change makes the search for practical solutions for water management increasingly urgent. The call for increased funding comes as more than 2500 decision makers and leaders from the global water community are meeting in Stockholm, Sweden from 5 to 11 September, for World Water Week, where the theme of this year’s conference is “Responding to Global Changes – Prevention, Wise Use and Abatement”. …  

06 Sep 2010 | International news release

Oreochromis karongae. Endangered on the IUCN Red List.  Found in lake Malawi, East Africa

African freshwater species threatened - livelihoods at stake

Twenty-one per cent of freshwater species in continental Africa are threatened with extinction, putting the livelihoods of millions of people at risk. With so much to lose, inland waters must be managed not just for their supply of freshwater but also to sustain the abundant life within. …   | French | Spanish

02 Sep 2010 | International news release

China's Huangshan Mountain World Heritage site with its travertine pools

Working with water for better cities

Growing populations in towns and cities worldwide mean that more pressure is placed on our natural water supplies. Protecting water resources upstream must become a priority to ensure that people living in towns and cities downstream have access to clean water for their basic needs. …   | Chinese

30 Aug 2010 | International news release

Maasai women taking part in vulnerability assessment, Chambogo Same District, Tanzania

Empowering people to manage water

Across East Africa, water catchment planning and development at the local level is essential for sustainable and integrated water management in the region. "It is at the local level that the opportunity for involvement of all stakeholders, including non-state actors, in water resources management exists", says Katharine Cross, IUCN Water Programme Officer. …  

17 Aug 2010 | News story