WWF calls for a comprehensive water goal in the post-2015 Rio+20 development agenda
At the Budapest Water Summit which started yesterday and is hosted by the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, WWF will emphasize that such a goal is essential for ensuring that beyond 2015, safeguarding water and the ecosystems that maintain its availability will become ever more crucial as a basis for human development and a healthy environment, including through sustainable water management and allocation.
WWF will push for a goal, essential for ensuring that:
*Nature’s and good status of freshwater ecosystems’ role in maintaining water availability for people, ecosystems and economic development is valued and safeguarded in relevant development and environmental laws, regulations and policies, public and private sectors practices, and by all individuals in their daily lives.
*Water is seen by all as a priority for achieving sustainable development.
*The needs of all water users and potential trade-offs among them are considered in decision-making and implementation processes, including with regard to the water-food-energy nexus.
This target would aim to ensure that, by 2030, the requirements on water quality, water quantity, and water timing to sustain healthy ecosystems that maintain freshwater availability and deliver essential ecological services for human development are met in a significant number of the world’s aquifer systems, and lake and river basins.
WWF calls for a target that would promote improved water governance for the integrated and sustainable management of freshwater and related ecosystems. This includes greater coherence and coordination in policy- and decision-making across water, climate change, energy and food, both within governments and the private sector, with the meaningful participation of all stakeholders.
“In 2012 the EU published a report that more than half of Europe's rivers are in a deteriorating condition. WWF will emphasize at the Budapest Water Summit that the conservation status of rivers and associated wetlands is crucial, since the provision of water for future generations is at stake”, says Akos Fáth, Director of WWF Hungary. "Europe must be exemplary in this increasingly important process. However, no serious political will or commitment has so far been manifested in this field”.
Jim Leape, Director General of WWF International will speak at the closing ceremony of the Budapest Water Summit in the afternoon of 11 October 2013.