World Water Day 2020

World Water Day is held on 22 March every year. It helps raise awareness of the billions of people living without access to safe water, and supports the global achievement of Sustainable Development Goal #6: water and sanitation for all by 2030.

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UN-Water sets the theme for World Water Day, and this year it's the inextricable link between water and climate change. From groundwater management to palaeoclimate studies in Australia, our community contributors share their thoughts and expertise on this theme, summarised below.


Uncertainty and ambiguity from climate changes adds a unique and challenging aspect to effective water governance, says Todd Guilfoos. This is also the subject of Vignesh Sridharan's post, which highlights the vulnerability of Sub-Saharan Africa to future climate uncertainties and water availability

Miron Avidan and Dror Etzion share some preliminary results into their research examining how corporate organisations engage and respond to the water-energy nexus.

If water is valuable and scarce, why is it so poorly managed? Asks Edward Barbier

Conserved water should be measured when considering water sustainability, say Donald Broom and Rowan Eisner.

Grant Ferguson discusses the complex link between climate change and groundwater resources. Sticking with groundwater, Richard Taylor revisits his 2012 Nature Climate Change Review 'Ground water and climate change' and highlights key developments in the field since its publication.

Oki Taikan considers the magnitude of climatic and social changes when is comes to the water cycle. 

Focusing on Australia, Tessa Vance's post discusses the use of palaeoclimate records in determining how much of the country's recent record breaking droughts, floods and wildfires is due to climate change.

And finally, Helen Kopnina and Veronica Strang suggest that a species-inclusive approach to water management is important to providing more sustainable water policies and practices.


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