The world is on a crash course to run out of fresh water, according to United Nation’s Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. At yesterday’s UN’s International Day of Biological Diversity, Ban Ki-moon addressed a number of the water security issues facing the planet today. Only a small amount of water on earth is fresh water, and the Secretary General reinforced that there is a delicate relationship between water and biodiversity.
Water and Biodiversity was the theme of yesterday’s program as it coincides with this year’s designations the International Year of Water Cooperation.
“We live in an increasingly water insecure world where demand often outstrips supply and where water quality often fails to meet minimum standards. Under current trends, future demands for water will not be met,” Ban Ki-moon said.
It has been found that water, food, energy and climate are all linked together, and Ban’s presentation outlined the challenges that we face as climate change impacts the availability of water for our growing population. It is our responsibility to protect the biodiversity present in our ecosystems in order for our supply of water to be preserved. Forests help to protect water quality and supply in our water tables, wetlands can reduce flooding, and the diversity of soils throughout our farmlands can help to hold water.
Ban went on to talk about how important thinking of water in our future developments and planning. “Integrating nature-based solutions into urban planning can also help us build better water futures for cities, where water stresses may be especially acute given the rapid pace of urbanization,” he said.
Via The Gaurdian