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. 


 

News

  • Photo: Finn Thilsted, World Fish Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

    Water for fish: Sustainable inland fisheries

    10.09.2018

    Inland fisheries are being overlooked in policy, management and development decisions, undermining the vital food and livelihood benefits they provide to the poor – Conservation International and Co-chair of IUCN Species Survival Commission Freshwater...

  • Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters (CC BY 2.0)

    The Alliance for Freshwater Life is launched

    06.09.2018

    IUCN Freshwater Biodiversity Unit helps launch The Alliance for Freshwater Life - new global network aiming to halt and reverse the ongoing freshwater biodiversity loss crisis - at the World Water Week conference in Stockholm - a blog from Freshwater...

  • Yudy Espinal from La Paz, Honduras, is an active member of the microwatershed council in the Goascorán River Basin Photo: © Wanda Villeda / IUCN

    New publication: Women as change-makers in the governance of shared waters

    29.08.2018

    Good water governance will be a cornerstone of global water security over the coming decades.  A central dimension of water security involves the protection, allocation and sharing of increasingly scarce and polluted water resources among humans and the...

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