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22 March 2017

World Water Day: challenges and solutions

Today we celebrate World Water Day. Today, more than ever before, we are facing challenges caused by water scarcity, floods and droughts as well as water pollution. Demand for both drinking and industrial water is growing as the global population is expanding and as we increasingly use it for energy and food production. That is why (not just on this day)  we should think about how we can secure this irreplaceable source of life, how we can make sure that it is clean, it is used wisely (without wasting) and it is managed properly.

At CEEweb for Biodiversity, we know how these issues can be addressed: instead of relying on grey infrastructure that destroys natural elements, pollutes the environment and costs large amounts of money, we should turn to nature-based solutions that take into account ecosystem as a whole, addressing environmental, social and economic issues at once.

We gathered the most recent scientific evidence of nature’s benefits for people and economy and how green solutions can be integrated into the water sector. Furthermore, we are advocating change: we shared our findings with relevant stakeholders by sending them our latest publication “A Brighter Future, With a Little Help From Our Nature: green-blue infrastructure integration into the water sector” and asking them to give priority to nature-based solutions, to compile comprehensive policies that incorporate nature into water management sector, to promote strategies, plans and investments that take into account water scarcity challenges, etc.

World Water Day is celebrated since 1993 when the United nations General Assembly designated the 22nd March as the World Water Day. According to the UN data, 1.8 billion people use a source of drinking water contaminated with feces today, putting them at risk of contracting cholera, dysentery, typhoid and polio.