Clean water is essential to the health and well-being of people, preserving the integrity of the natural environment and sustaining our economies. However, in many parts of the world, water is not always clean enough for safe human use, or for sustaining healthy ecosystems.
How extensively is water quality degradation occurring across the world? What needs to be done to protect our precious water resources? How can we reduce the real threat to our health and ecosystems caused by ever-increasing water pollution?
A new film, “Protecting Water Quality for People and the Environment”, emphasizes the need to promote sustainable and innovative approaches to protect water quality to reduce poverty and secure sustainable livelihoods. The film highlights key water quality problems such as lack of access to safe water and sanitation, inefficient wastewater management in urban areas, water pollution caused by intensive use of nutrients and chemicals in agriculture, the invisible threat of new and emerging pollutants in water and the economic costs of water quality degradation.
Produced by UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme, in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Korea, the film also shows examples of successful national efforts taken by UNESCO’s Member States to tackle water quality problems are also showcased.
Launched at the 6th World Water Forum in March 2012, the film will be screened at major international water events. It is intended to convey messages for education and awareness-raising on protecting water quality throughout the world.
The film identifies knowledge sharing and capacity building as important at the national, regional and global levels to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and sustainable development, and improve water quality.