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.

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Sanitation for and by Nature

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

Urban Sanitation and Wastewater

Today, around 80% of all wastewater is discharged into the world’s waterways every day, where it creates health, envir...

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. ...

Strategies for Nexus Infrastructure in Africa

IWA produced a study for the Infrastructure Consortium for Africa (ICA) that outlines a roadmap towards nexus solutions ...

Blog Posts

Latest opinions and insights relevant to the water sector

August 24, 2018
Nature-based solutions are already in place and scaling them up is possible Nature-based Solutions (NBS) applications [1] are many around the world. However, t...
August 13, 2018
Water is at the heart of sustainable development and is critical for socio-economic development, energy and food production, healthy ecosystems and human surviv...
July 18, 2018
Solving the planet’s water challenges has never been more urgent. The global population is growing exponentially, while rapid agricultural and industrial deve...
July 11, 2018
Phosphorus (P) is essential to human life and vital for food production. It is the critical building block of DNA, cell membrane and bones and plays a crucial r...

News / Events

July 9, 2018
The Portuguese city of Lisbon has won the European Green Capital Award for 2020, while the title of European Green Leaf 2019 goes jointly to the cities of Corne...
May 29, 2018
The winners of the Dreampipe Challenge, an innovation prize competition part of the wider UKAid funded Ideas to Impact Programme that aims to stimulate creati...
April 20, 2018
Since the launch of the IWA Principles for Water-Wise Cities at the 2016 World Water Congress and Exhibition in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, cities all over...
January 26, 2018
EOMAP GmbH & Co.KG has built the world’s first global water quality portal using Earth Observation and satellite data to support the International Initiat...