Because the latest water scarcity in Cape City, South Africa, has proven so graphically, a altering local weather along with financial progress and speedy city growth are inserting unprecedented stress on water sources. To realize enduring water safety requires numerous approaches that depend on nature’s bounty in addition to human ingenuity.
The “nature for water” theme of this yr’s World Water Day is a transparent name to pursue the a number of potentialities that well-managed ecosystems supply for harnessing the advantages of water, whereas concurrently curbing its damaging potential. Based mostly on years of pioneering analysis, the Worldwide Water Administration Institute (IWMI) is effectively ready to help such efforts and joins many others immediately in calling consideration to the worth of nature-based options for addressing the big water challenges of our time.
Lifting a flower from the waters of the Anawilundawa lake in Sri Lanka. Picture: Shaoyu Liu / IWMI
That is among the many central messages of a latest article in the UN Chronicle by IWMI Director General Claudia Sadoff, which examines notably how individuals in high-risk areas of Africa and Asia can come to grips with water safety within the face of local weather change impacts. An opinion article by IWMI researchers in Thomson Reuters Foundation News elaborates on the very important contribution that pure infrastructure (together with wetlands, floodplains and watersheds) makes to livelihoods and sustainable financial progress. An IWMI opinion piece in Devex highlights a brand new method for guiding funding in solar-powered irrigation, which is able to foster sustainable administration of groundwater, one other key type of pure capital on which water-scarce communities rely.
Most of IWMI’s work on nature-based options kinds a part of the CGIAR Analysis Program on Water, Landscapes and Ecosystems (WLE), which IWMI leads. Together with WLE, IWMI communicates about nature-based solutions actively, as you will note from the accompanying hyperlinks to weblog posts, publications, and social media reporting.