Challenges linked to global warming, urbanization and demographic growth are threatening natural resources and ecosystem services that we depend on, in a context where the international water and ocean governance still needs to be defined.
Thereby, to better take into account the economic, social and environmental impacts of climate change in the management of water resources, the Water and Sea Workshops would like to propose new concrete solutions which could allow the speeding up of the diplomatic process and most of all to foster the access to drinkable water for everyone.
Fresh water and saltwater issues cannot be analyzed apart from another, they are parts of the same system. For example, we cannot study watercourses pollution without wondering what their final destination is: the sea or the ocean. Thus, it seems relevant that strongly interrelated topics associated with water resources preservation and marine ecosystems protection must be considered together.
This will be the first edition of the Water and Sea Workshops, a thematic version of the highly successfull Planet Workshops. UNESCO is proud to be a Partner of this initiative through its Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC/UNESCO) and its International Hydrological Progamme (UNESCO-IHP).