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.
The world faces considerable challenges in equitably managing the freshwater available to us for a growing population as we try and manage the impacts of climate change.
The IUCN Water Programme is a trusted partner for evidence-based and adaptive change in water resource management that benefits nature and people.
IUCN Water works on implementing sustainable river basin management through field projects and partnerships worldwide. IUCN Water focuses on integrated river basin management using an ecosystems approach. Key themes of work include strengthening governance in transboundary basins, improving water security in growth corridors, demonstrating natural infrastructure solutions, supporting innovation in the Water-Energy-Food Security Nexus, and promoting climate resilience.
From Asia’s Mekong to Nigeria’s Komadugu Yobe River and Tanzania’s Pangani Basin, IUCN works towards managing and protecting our water reserves for the benefit of all. We help to create policies and laws in which all users, rich and poor, urban and rural, have a say in how their increasingly stressed waters are allocated, managed and conserved.