Water is life. But water is also a threat to life. During the past decade, water-related disasters have not only struck more frequently but have also been more severe, hampering sustainable development by causing political, social, and economic shocks in many countries.
Disaster risk levels are driven by factors such as climate variability, poverty, poor land-use planning and management, as well as ecosystem degradation, and are increasing as more people and assets locate in areas of high risk.
Integrated approaches to water resource management are critical for building the social, economic, and environmental pillars of sustainable development, as highlighted by the Rio +20 conference last year. >> Full text