World Water Day: Green Growth Hinges on Water Resources

  • Providing water and energy for all means considering all sizes of water infrastructure and working across sectors.
  • Water is central to all aspects of green growth, from human development to food security, energy, urbanization, and climate change.
  • On World Water Day 2012, we still fall short of fully meeting the Millennium Development Goals for access to water.

Water is central to all aspects of green growth, from human development to food security, energy, urbanization, and climate change. This holistic vision, embraced by the World Bank, implies support for all sizes of “green” water infrastructure, including large dams, to help countries adapt to climate change and ensure access to water and energy for poor populations.

At the World Water Forum in Marseille, France, March 12-17, World Bank experts and other speakers discussed that vision and the importance of working across sectors and increasing support for basic sanitation globally.

The conversation continues on World Water Day, March 22, with a panel discussion with the founder of Tribal Technologies on new approaches and technologies that have potential large-scale impact and two film screenings, including the new documentary Last Call at the Oasis, which portrays the global water crisis as the most urgent issue facing our world this century.

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