Latest research from Nature Water reported thatover half of the world's population or around 5.5 billion people could be affected by surface water pollution by 2100.
Meanwhile, a World Bank report found that lack of clean water limits productivity. Deteriorating water quality is stalling economic growth, worsening health conditions and exacerbating poverty in many countries.
What Can We Do?
The decline in water quality and quality stems from a confluence of factors, including climate change, population growth, and spring shed dynamics. Consequently, a water conservation strategy is imperative to safeguard water sustainability in terms of its quality, and temporal distribution.
Water conservation efforts must be consistently applied from the upstream to downstream areas. Potential strategies encompass the establishment of water resources inventory and management systems, the preservation of springs and springsheds, and the promotion of sustainable land use practices.
Awaiting Collective Engagement
Capacity constraints and infrastructure deficiency remain formidable barriers in water resources management. Collaborative efforts involving all stakeholders are imperative for developing solutions and innovations to tackle these multifaceted challenges.
In collaboration with the Government of Indonesia, the World Water council is set to co-host the 10th World Water Forum in Bali, Indonesia, from May 18 to 24, 2024. Under the theme of "Water for Shared Prosperity," this cross border forum presents an opportunity for global collaborative actions in addressing the water crisis.
In preparation for the forthcoming 10th World Water Forum, the 2nd Stakeholders Consultation Meeting (SCM) will be organized on October 12-13th, 2023, in Nusa Dua, Bali, bringing together all stakeholders to further elaborate on key topics for the forum.
Addressing Key Water Challenges
The 2nd Stakeholders Consultation Meeting (SCM) will delve into crucial water-related challenges, such as water for humans and nature; water security and prosperity; disaster risk reduction and management; cooperation and hydro-diplomacy; water and innovative finance; and knowledge and technologies.
Distinguished speakers at the meeting will include Loïc Fauchon, President of the World Water Council; Yoonjin Kim, Director of the 10th World Water Forum Asia Pacific; Thomas Panella from the Natural Capital and Climate Team; along with Basuki Hadimuljono, Vice Chairman of the National Organizing Committee (NOC) / Minister of Public Works and Public Housing, and representatives from the NOC.
The Government of Indonesia extends an invitation to all interested parties to participate in 2nd Stakeholders consultation Meeting on October 12-13th, 2023, in Nusa Dua, Bali, as a preliminary event to the 10th World Water Forum 2024. For additional information, please visit www.worldwaterforum.org.