Two-thirds of the world's population will face water shortages by 2025. The World Water Forum, held in Istanbul, Turkey, from 16 to 22 March, gathers more than 25,000 experts to find sustainable solutions to the water challenges the world faces.

IUCN urges policy-makers at the forum to do more to protect the natural environment and make better use of the services nature offers for development and human security. Rivers and wetlands deliver vital services for people, such as clean drinking water, energy and healthy and sustainable livelihoods. Investing in good water governance is critical for a sustainable water future, both for countries themselves and the 260 river basins that cross borders.

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Water lily survey

Water means wealth – ‘smart’ water management in Asia and the Pacific

Availability of fresh water is essential to social and economic growth. Investing in sustainable water management should be a priority for all decision makers, according to a recent publication by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and ADB (Asian Development Bank). …   | French | Spanish

16 Mar 2012 | News story

Katharine Cross

Feet on the ground in Africa - negotiating in Marseille

IUCN has a long history of engagement in water and wetlands conservation in the east and southern African region. It was one of the earliest organizations to draw attention to the significance of wetland resources and has achieved some notable successes. …  

16 Mar 2012 | News story

IUCN and partners present the 5th World Water Forum

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