Water management remains at the heart of discussions at COP22 in Marrakech.
Climate change has a direct impact on natural resources, ecosystems and societies. The water sector is one of the most affected, as observations and projections by scientific experts have shown. That is why the International Office for Water has stepped in to manage this resource, waste and environmental protection.
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The first ever World Water action day aimed to highlight the water sector as a provider of solutions for implementing the Paris Agreement. Guaranteeing safe access to water means ensuring safety in food security, human health, energy production, industrial productivity, and biodiversity.
“We are promoting water issues all around the world, and we were responsible after five years of lobbing to pass water as a human right from the United Nations,” Dogan Altinbilek Vice President, World Water Council, told Euronews. “Seven hundred and eighty million people who are living in Asia, Africa and some of the other remote places in the world as a priority because these people do not have access to water to hygiene, toilets, they are earning less than one dollar a day.”
“This is the first time in the history of COP that we are going to talk about water and where water has an essential place,” said Loïc Fauchon, Water Council Honorary President. “It means that we will discuss adaptation over the 15 days. How we can find concrete measures to help the poorest countries, and solutions to help them adapt to these changes.”
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