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-Wise Cities

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

Nature for Water and Sanitation

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

New Urban Agenda

How to Respond to the Commitments and Call for Action of the New Urban Agenda? The New Urban Agenda (NUA) is the outc...

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...

Blog Posts

Latest opinions and insights relevant to the water sector

Water is a vital resource that sustains life, drives economic development, and maintains ecological balance. Despite Rwanda's abundant rainfall, the water secto...
December 2, 2022
The water sector has a role to play in the global effort to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and help to slow climate change. Our sector is energy-inte...
September 13, 2022
Lake Erhai is the seventh largest freshwater lake in China attracting many visitors worldwide. However, the water quality has significantly deteriorated through...
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...

News / Events

September 13, 2023
The International Water Association (IWA) is delighted to present the second edition of the IWA Climate Smart Utilities Recognition Programme. Building upon the...
April 17, 2023
The 6th Uganda Water and Environment Week (UWEWK23), a flagship event organised annually by the Ministry of Water and Environment (MWE) through the Water Resour...
April 5, 2023
IWA Specialist Groups cover a wide range of subjects and are one of the main mechanisms for like-minded IWA members to network and share knowledge. They form ...
March 8, 2023
IWA’s Inclusive Urban Sanitation initiative seeks to reshape the global urban sanitation agenda focusing on the need for an accelerated and inclusive approach...