Urbanisation

Urbanisation

Cities consume 75% of the world’s natural resources and 80% of the global energy supply.

By 2050, roughly 6.4 billion people will live in a city, and demand for water will have increased by 55 percent. Cities power economic development and water security can seriously undermine this. Cities need to take steps to connect to their basins and enable water management institutions to make investments to secure water quantity and quality and mitigate flood risks.

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Regulating for Citywide Inclusive Sanitation

Rallying service providers and regulators for joint action...

Water Safety Planning

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

Sanitation for and by Nature

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

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-Wise Cities

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

Blog Posts

Latest opinions and insights relevant to the water sector

October 14, 2021
To mark Global Handwashing Day on 15 October, Léo Heller, former UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights to water and sanitation, writes about the human righ...
September 30, 2020
Water Stewardship: License to operate? After 200 years of industrialisation where water was used rather thoughtlessly and our natural resources and environment ...
March 6, 2020
“We cannot solve our problem with the same thinking we used when we created them.” Albert Einstein We’ve all heard about thinking out of the box… But it...
The urbanisation trend is an undeniable fact worldwide in large and small cities all over the globe. Water supply and sanitation are two of the most fundamental...

News / Events

October 19, 2021
The Regulating for Citywide Inclusive Sanitation Call to Action is now available in Czech and Portuguese. For more information, please visit the CWIS project pa...
17 Apr - 21 Apr 2022 Singapore/Singapore
17 Apr 2022 12:00:00 21 Apr 2022 18:00:00 Europe/London Singapore International Water Week 2022 IWA Event Singapore - Singapore International Water Association contact@iwa.net
January 25, 2021
In January 2021 the IWA Publishing team relaunched two of its titles, with new branding, aims and scopes, and editorial teams. The Journal of Water Reuse and De...
November 19, 2020
Catalysing Citywide Inclusive Sanitation Through Regulating Service Providers This article is part of a series for World Toilet Day highlighting issues within t...