6th World Water Forum Set to Convene in Marseille, France
Water resources are under increasing stress: with burgeoning populations, growing economies and a changing climate, water scarcity and pollution are set to intensify. Nature â€“ in the form of river basins, forests, lakes and wetlands, provides the infrastructure necessary to address this challenge.
At the 6th World Water Forum taking place in Marseille, France, from 12 to 17 March, IUCN will make sure that natural solutions are central to addressing the water needs of today and tomorrow.
With 140 ministerial delegations and 25,000 participants representing more than 180 countries, the World Water Forum is the worldâ€™s largest meeting on water. It brings together politicians, policy makers, water engineers, environmental managers and communities.
â€¢ Nature is a solution - â€œBuilding new infrastructure is not, by itself, an answer to todayâ€™s water challenges,â€ says Julia Marton-LefÃ¨vre, IUCN Director General. â€œNature is a much more efficient and cost-effective solution. It provides the natural infrastructure that we need to store, move and filter water. At the World Water Forum, IUCN will work towards including nature as an integral part of the solutions and commitments to address global water needs.â€
â€¢ Nature and climate change - â€œOur ability to respond to the effects of climate change depends on a healthy environment,â€ says Mark Smith, Director of the IUCN Global Water Programme. â€œWith healthy ecosystems, nature can provide the infrastructure that we need to be more resilient to climate change. Water management that puts nature at the centre keeps clean water flowing from our taps and protects us from floods, droughts, erosion and other disasters.â€
â€¢ Cross-border water management - â€œRivers often set boundaries between countries and cultures, giving rise to fears over water conflict,â€ says Alejandro Iza, Director of the IUCN Environmental Law Centre. â€œBut diplomacy and wise resource management are a source of peace and cooperation. Better collaboration among countries sharing water is vital to improving water security and protecting nature.â€
From Marseille to Rio and onward to Jeju - â€œIUCN has a strong message to send from Marseille to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development taking place in Rio in June, and then onward to IUCNâ€™s World Conservation Congress in Jeju, Republic of Korea in September,â€ says Julia Marton-LefÃ¨vre, IUCN Director General. â€œSound water management is fundamental for building a sustainable future. Only with a healthy and sustainable natural environment can we make our economies â€˜greenâ€™.â€
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