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In Brief 21

Water – available in abundance yet still so scarce

We have interfered on an alarming scale in our natural ecosystem with the climate change, and this has had dramatic effects on man and on biodiversity and water availability. (2011)

Every school child knows that without energy from the sun, water and plant biomass, man cannot survive. We have interfered on an alarming scale in our natural ecosystem with the climate change, and this has had dramatic effects on man and on biodiversity and water availability. Water is irreplaceable. Contaminated water or water shortages are life-threatening for people. Water is key to agricultural production and therefore food security. But times have changed and water is no longer a commodity that is readily available everywhere and at all times. The struggle for resources began a long time ago and decisions about access to and the distribution of water are controversial and highly political. Today, successful water management is more important than ever before in resolving the socio-economic and environmental problems that we face all over the world. The way we handle water resources today will decide whether we will be able to overcome hunger and poverty and pave the way towards a truly sustainable way of life.

In Brief 21
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Language

English

Year of publication

2011

Purpose

Welthungerhilfe Information Position papers

Topics

Water and Sanitation In brief

Continents and countries

Africa Asia Latin America & Caribbean