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Equitable and sustainable management of water resources is a major global challenge. About one third of the world’s population lives in countries with moderate to high water stress with disproportionately high impacts on the poor. With current projected human population growth, industrial development and the expansion of irrigated agriculture in the next two decades, water demand will rise to levels that will make the task of providing water for human sustenance more difficult.

Since its establishment, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has worked to promote sustainable water resources management practices through collaborative approaches at the national, regional and global levels.  After more than 30 years, water resources management continues as a strong pillar of UNEP’s work.

UNEP is actively participating in addressing the water issues together with partner UN agencies, other organizations and donors. We facilitate and catalyse water resource assessments in various developing countries, implement projects that assist countries in developing integrated water resource management plans, create awareness of innovative alternative technologies and assist to develop, implement and enforce water resource management policies, laws and regulations.