“Natural Infrastructure” helps to safeguard water supplies: UN

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[Photo: Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity]

Water supplies for an increasing global population can be safeguarded by natural infrastructure, according to a spokesperson for the UN Secretariat for the Convention on Biological Diversity.

David Ainsworth spoke to UN Radio as the United Nations marked "International Day for Biological Diversity" on 22 May under the theme "Water and Biodiversity".

On the future supplies of water, which is used in large amounts for agriculture, Mr. Ainsworth says there are already water stresses in some regions of the world, including some parts of the Middle East.

He says even in areas that were supposedly very rich, such as parts of the American continent, there are areas where rivers don't even reach the sea anymore.

"So we know what's going to be the case. Now the other thing though is that we know there are ways to help increase and safeguard waters supplies without having to build convention infrastructure. We call that natural infrastructure. That's where we look at things like the protection of forests, the protection of wetlands, the overall management of river ecosystems so that we can have all this natural work that biodiversity and trees and other plants do for us help us ensure secure and clean water supplies." (27")

David Ainsworth says this year's International Day of Biological Diversity coincides with The International Year of Water Cooperation.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

Duration: 1’15″

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