Water is life ! It is a precondition for human, animal and plant life as well as an indispensable resource for the economy. Water also plays a fundamental role in the climate regulation cycle.
Protection of water resources, of fresh and salt water ecosystems and of the water we drink and bathe in is therefore one of the cornerstones of environmental protection in Europe. The stakes are high and the issues transcend national boundaries and concerted action at the level of the EU is necessary to ensure an effective protection.
Nowadays, most Europeans take clean drinking water for granted. Yet, in the European part of the UNECE region alone, an estimated 120 million people, i.e. one person in seven, do not have access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation, making them vulnerable to water-related diseases, such as cholera, bacillary dysentery, coli infections, viral hepatitis A and typhoid. Cleaner water and better sanitation could prevent over 30 million cases of water-related disease each year in the region. The 1999 Protocol on Water and Health was negotiated with this in mind.
WaterPartners International is a U.S.-based nonprofit organization committed to providing safe drinking water and sanitation to people in developing countries. Working in partnership with donors and local communities, we have helped thousands of people develop accessible, sustainable, community-level water supplies. WaterPartners not only offers traditional, grant-funded programs, but is also harnessing the power of micro-finance to address the world water crisis.
We need you to get involved. Tap into the many ways you can make a difference in the lives of those without safe water. Learn about the water crisis and share what you’ve learned with those you know best – your family and friends, coworkers, and others in your circle of influence. Host an awareness raising event in your area, or link to WaterPartners from your website. However you chose to help, it helps! By keeping your support flowing, you allow us to reach more people in need of safe water.
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