Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, at the Opening Plenary.
Photo: © Thomas Henriksson/SIWI


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Stressed ecosystems and high pressure on limited water resources are threatening livelihoods, while water scarcity is strongly related to violence and conflicts. Especially women and girls are suffering from water shortage, as they are responsible for households water demands. At World Water Week 2018, experts discussed what is needed to prevent a global water crisis and called for more nature-based solutions.

More than 3,300 water experts, development professionals and business representatives from all over the world met at the World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden, in late August 2018 to discuss the topic of “Water, ecosystems and human development”. Following the argumentation of this year’s United Nations World Water Development Report, the meeting concluded that more nature-based solutions were urgently needed to avoid a global water crisis.
Nature‐based solutions use natural processes to contribute to the improved management of water. These solutions include changing farming practices that allow soils to retain moisture and nutrients, harvesting rainwater, re‐charging aquifers, conserving wetlands that capture runoff and filter water, restoring floodplains and turning rooftops into gardens.
“With the rapidly growing demand for water, it is becoming increasingly clear that water is everybody’s issue. Scarcity of water has become the new normal in so many parts of the world,” said Torgny Holmgren, Executive Director of the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), which organises World Water Week, in his welcome address at the opening ceremony.

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