WWF Water Scorecard
Conserving freshwater ecosystems is a vital building block for eradicating poverty.
In 2005, 1.6 million children under the age of 5 died from illness caused by unsafe water and inadequate hygiene. Dams and other infrastructure have displaced more than 40 million people and have caused 60% of large rivers to become fragmented and ecologically less productive.
By 2025, 1.8 billion people will live in countries or regions of absolute water scarcity.
The challenges are great; so is our hope.
This scorecard tallies some of WWF’s successes in stemming the water crisis, and adds to a legacy of water-saving approaches for a living planet.