Global water crisis: the facts

Over the past two decades, the international science and development communities have referred to a global water crisis that is emerging. Looking at the current situation in virtually every region of the world, the facts show that the world water crisis is here. Today, water insecurity affects the daily lives of millions of people, especially those in low-income countries. This report reviews the body of key evidence and studies on global water from 6 key perspectives –water scarcity and insecurity, unsustainable development, water infrastructure deterioration and destruction, water-related disasters and ecosystem degradation – to present an overview of the scale of the world’s water crisis.

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