Op-ed, Stefan Uhlenbrook, poverty, climate change, productivity of water, livelihood, governance and policy, agriculture, diverting water, climate adaptation, WASH, ecosystem degradation
09 June 21
Water is often held up as a precious, life-giving element for its essential role in sustaining plants, people, and animals. But the world’s most important natural resource is also a tool, a force that can be harnessed for industry and energy, sanitation, food production, and consumption.
With the world facing a worsening hunger and nutrition and a climate crisis, it is no longer enough to focus on conserving water in one sector or location, only for it to be used for another sector or elsewhere.