Only a tiny amount of water on our planet easily available as freshwater: Ban

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

We live in an increasingly water insecure world where demand often outstrips supply and where water quality often fails to meet minimum standards and under current trends, future demands for water will not be met, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a message marking International Day for Biological Diversity.

The Secretary-General says biodiversity and the ecosystem services it provides are central to achieving the vision of a water secure world. He points out that ecosystems influence the local, regional and global availability and quality of water; forests help regulate soil erosion and protect water quality and supply; wetlands can reduce flood risks; and soil biodiversity helps maintain water for crops.

Secretary-General Ban says that although seemingly abundant, only a tiny amount of the water on our planet is easily available as freshwater.

He suggests that integrating nature-based solutions into urban planning can also help us build better water futures for cities, where water stresses may be especially acute given the rapid pace of urbanization.

The Secretary-General called on all Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity who have not already done so, to ratify the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization, and therefore help us all to work toward the future we want.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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