“Water is an essential element of Sustainable Development by virtue of its close correlation to various real challenges.” The Future we Want, UN, Rio +20
The water security challenges affect us all.
Water security is defined as the capacity of societies to achieve successful and comprehensive management of their resources and water services to meet the needs of each of the dimensions covered by water security:
Having water security implies the ability to provide an adequate supply of quality water to meet agricultural, industrial, energy, and domestic needs. It is important to think beyond pipes, treatment plants, and other infrastructure that allows water to reach cities; efforts need to be directed at preserving the integrity of the environmental systems that are the natural sources of water.
The lack of water security is one of the greatest risks to global prosperity. Water consumption has doubled every 20 years, and by 2025, at least two-thirds of the world's population will live in areas experiencing water stress. Therefore, water security plays an integral role in different areas of our daily lives.
Ecosystems play a fundamental role in water security
When ecosystems lose their integrity due to serious degradation, we cannot aspire to have water security.