Threats to freshwater supplies (Google / RTCC)

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Photo #21 – why Rio+20 must deal with threats to freshwater supplies

Photographer: Iain Crockart
Publication: Rio Conventions Calendar

Water is indispensable for all forms of life. It is needed for almost all human activities.

Access to safe freshwater is now regarded as a universal human and the Millennium Development Goals include the extended access to safe drinking water and sanitation.

Sustainable management of freshwater resources has gained importance at regional and global levels.

The climate and freshwater systems are interconnected in complex ways. Climate change is set to exacerbate water stress in areas already vulnerable, particularly in the Pacific Islands, where the problems has already been witnessed.


Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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