Only 3% of the earth’s water is freshwater; about two-thirds of it is frozen in glaciers and polar ice caps and we have long over-stretched this precious resource.

The world faces considerable challenges in equitably managing the freshwater available to us for a growing population as we try and manage the impacts of climate change.

IUCN’s Water Programme brings together its extensive network of IUCN Members, experts, government and private sector partners to develop sustainable solutions to preserve our water resources.

From Asia’s Mekong River to Nigeria’s Komadugu Yobe River and Tanzania’s Pangani River Basin, IUCN works towards managing and protecting our water reserves for the benefit of all. We help to create policies and laws in which all users, rich and poor, urban and rural, have a say in how their increasingly stressed waters are allocated, managed and conserved.





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