Posted by: Bob Payne | August 23, 2011

World Water Week: Nature turns on the tap

How do we ensure safe access to water and sanitation for the planet’s growing urban population? This question will be discussed at the World Water Week from 21 to 27 August in Stockholm. The theme this year is ‘Responding to Global Changes: Water in an Urbanising World’. IUCN’s answer comes from nature itself. Coping with growing water needs in cities is one of the most pressing challenges of this century. With the planet’s burgeoning population expected to hit seven billion in 2011 and with more than half of humanity living in cities, increasing pressure on freshwater is stretching this vital resource to its limits. As cities grow, they are looking further away to secure access to freshwater. This can lead to tensions across borders. According to IUCN, natural infrastructure and sound water management are key elements of sustainable solutions to these problems.

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