New Paper Looks at Threats to the World's Freshwater
As we move into the 21st century, water managers and policymakers
must face new threats to the world's freshwater resources. These
threats include pollution, the impacts of climate change, a resurgence
of water-related diseases, and the destruction of freshwater ecosystems.
Despite the pressing nature of these threats, water institutions
and policymakers have, so far, been largely unable to develop
the tools and approaches needed to address these problems.
This report focuses on four emerging threats and challenges:
water and ecosystem health, the destruction of freshwater ecosystems;
freshwater quality concerns; and long-term global climate change
and its impact of water resources. Our report also offers several
new solutions and approaches to the problem. First among these
is a realization that sustainable use of freshwater requires a
new dialogue on the ultimate ends to be served by water management.
Press Release: World's
Fresh Water Threatened as Never Before