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.



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  • In the spotlight:

    World Water Day: Dealing with wastewater

    World Water Day is held annually on 22 March to focus the world’s attention on freshwater challenges. This year the theme of the campaign is wastewater. 

    Globally over 80% of wastewater flows back into nature untreated, causing environmental pollution, disease, and bringing risks to providing safe food and drinking water.

    Check our stories and join the campaign #WorldWaterDay

  • In the spotlight:

    International Women's Day 2017: Empowering women in water management

    The IUCN Water Programme is committed to gender equality. To support International Women's Day, we have compiled our most recent efforts to empower women in decisions and actions for sustainable water management. 

    Check our Special Feature and #BeBoldForChange

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