World Water Quality Alliance launched to tackle global water crisis
The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission launched the World Water Quality Alliance (WWQA) in Ispra, Italy
Ispra, 19 September 2019 - With growing concern about the worsening global freshwater crisis, UN agencies, research institutions and space agencies this week launched the World Water Quality Alliance, which brings together a wide range of expertise in fields of water quality science, technology innovation, governance and diplomacy to seek solutions.
The Alliance will comprise more than 50 organizations; the diverse background of the partners ensures that the work of the Alliance will be useful for a wide spectrum stakeholders.
At the third UN Environment Assembly, countries adopted a comprehensive resolution to address water pollution to protect and restore water-related ecosystems. Among other things, the resolution calls for better data collection, water monitoring and technologies to recycle and reuse wastewater.
Clean water is essential for nature and humans alike. However, surface and groundwaters are subject to enormous pressures - estimates indicate that up to one-third of all rivers in developing countries may already be affected by severe pollution and high salinity levels.
“Water is where we experience in the most direct way the impact of climate change on our way of life. The European Green Deal aims to ensure a secure future for the generations to come. There can be no doubt that it must put the global water challenge at the core of our work. It is therefore an honour to act as a bridge that facilitates collaboration between scientific disciplines and shortens the distance between scientific knowledge and political action," said Giovanni de Santi, the Joint Research Centre's Director for Sustainable Resources.
An estimated 80 per cent of wastewater is released directly into water bodies without treatment. The poor quality of surface water bodies in lakes and rivers, the primary sources of drinking water for millions of people around the world, leads to diarrheal diseases, which are among of the leading causes of death and disease worldwide. In the developing world, upstream pollution may trigger reductions of up to 30-40 per cent in annual GDP growth downstream.
The Alliance will provide a baseline assessment of global water quality and will build on this with a continuous overview of global water quality and its drivers. Secondly, the Alliance will also develop evidence-based products to inform improved global, regional and local water management. It aims to work with partners on the ground, facilitating a bottom-up approach to co-designing and developing products for mid to long term use and operationalization.
NOTES TO EDITORS
About the UN Environment Programme
The UN Environment Programme is the leading global voice on the environment. It provides leadership and encourages partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.
About the Joint Research Centre
The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to European Union policy.
For more information, please contact:
Keishamaza Rukikaire, Head of News & Media, UN Environment Programme
Nina Kajander, Press Officer, European Commission Joint Research Centre
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