Environment

Environment

Globally 80% of all wastewater is dumped untreated into waters.

The natural environment provides for and protects critical parts of the water cycle. Key stakeholders from within the sector and industry have an important role as resource stewards: being efficient with water use and replenishing ecosystems to ensure their ability to provide valuable services is not diminished.

Projects

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Water Safety Planning

Humanity cannot thrive and survive without water. Cities cannot function without water. A simple, but powerful reality. ...

Regenerating Ecosystems with Nature-based Solution...

In an era of Europe’s natural capital being under increased cumulative pressure, RECONECT (Regenerating ECOsystems wit...

Building nature based, resilient water systems: Ca...

Regulators have a key role to play in creating the right enabling environment that encourages transformation towards sus...

Nature for Water and Sanitation

The International Water Association (IWA) has partnered with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to advance sustainable catch...

Sanitation for and by Nature

Guidance on evidence-based practices for improved sanitation, water security and ecological health, with a focus on natu...

Blog Posts

Latest opinions and insights relevant to the water sector

February 24, 2022
One of the challenges shaping the water sector is the discussion around the vital role that women play. Even though the water sector recognises that gender matt...
August 12, 2021
Nature often acts as a as a conduit for untreated sewage into water bodies, wetlands, or the sea. However, a planned approach using nature-based solutions (NBS)...
July 22, 2021
In the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic, some face masks used to control the spread of the virus as personal protective equipment (PPE) have become an emerging threat ...
July 1, 2021
Floods and storms are responsible for almost three-quarters of climate disasters. Yet, all around the world, resilience to climate shocks does not get as much a...

News / Events

April 14, 2022
IWA is launching a dedicated recognition programme for water, wastewater, and urban drainage utilities willing to improve their climate resilience and showcase ...
March 3, 2022
IWA is pleased to announce that registrations are now open for the upcoming World Water Congress & Exhibition in Copenhagen, Denmark, 11-15 September 2022. ...
February 9, 2022
This year is set to be another important year of progress for IWA’s Digital Water Programme, with last year’s success of IWA’s 1st Digital World Water Con...
December 6, 2021
During 15-19 November 2021, the PrimeWater Consortium held its second Multi-User Panel (MUP) “Stakeholders Week”.  Its objective is to provide expert feedb...