On 22 March, the UNU Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES) launched the 2018 edition of the United Nations World Water Development Report. Coordinated by the UN World Water Assessment Programme of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the report is the fruit of collaboration between the 31 United Nations entities and 39 international partners that comprise UN-Water. Its publication coincides with World Water Day, celebrated every year on 22 March.
Dr Tamara Avellán and Dr Kai Schwärzel of UNU-FLORES contributed to this year’s World Water Development Report, entitled “Nature-Based Solutions for Water”. In the report, they discuss how nature-based solutions — like constructed or human-made wetlands — play an important role in improving the supply and quality of water, as well as in reducing the impact of natural disasters. They also argue that reservoirs, irrigation canals, and water treatment plants are not the only water management instruments at our disposal.
To celebrate the launch of the report, UNU-FLORES also organised two events:
For more information, see the news story on the UNU-FLORES website.