Good to See Coverage of Fresh Water Issues in Mainstream Media

437x162_guri_dam_venezuelaAlways good to see coverage about the importance of fresh water. Check out “Where America Stands on Water”, a 7-minute CBS video piece about water shortages in the U.S., and the accompanying article. It is part of the “Where America Stands” series, which looks at a broad spectrum of issues facing the U.S. in the new decade.

Not only is the water crisis a worldwide problem, but it is vital for more than direct human health. Water also sustains freshwater ecosystems, which in turn provide food and livelihoods for millions. The ecosystem services provided by freshwater systems, including fisheries, drinking water, and flood regulation, have global economic value estimated at trillions of dollars annually.

Some facts about the water crisis:

  • Water is our most valuable natural resource and water security is widely agreed to be the primary natural resource challenge. We are already at a tipping point according to some, with water being the next oil crisis facing our planet
  • Water is central to how all of our terrestrial and inland aquatic ecosystems function, and how they provide related services for people.
  • Changes to the water cycle through direct water and land use and climate change, have potential impacts on terrestrial ecosystems, and in many cases this is already happening.
  • Changes to terrestrial systems (in particular deforestation) have feedbacks to the water cycle—all of these changes result in less available clean water for people.
  • Climate change also alters the water cycle, contributing to increased droughts and floods.
  • Climate change adaptation means water management, whereas climate change mitigation means forest management.
  • Water is central to human well-being and forges some of the strongest links between biodiversity and development.
  • The indirect drivers of water use, and the impacts of land based activities upon water, are considerable and rapidly escalating due to population growth and changing consumption patterns.

Tracy Farrell is the Senior Director, Freshwater Conservation Program at Conservation International.


  1. MIguel Mata says

    Hola soy de costa rica y me impacta la forma de pensar de esta gran organización y el gran esfuerzo que estas realizando para poder salvar la tierra hogar donde vivimos todos y la conservación ser viviente en la tierra mis ideales de un mundo sostenible al ver una institución como conservación mundial es una alegría felicitarlos por el gran trabajo que están realizando y sigan adelante

  2. Alonzo says

    Well this is really important and i want to do!! something!!

    a mean i home in my school! but i would like to do something else! i`m from MExico..and i`m 17 years old..if someone one day come to mexico contact me! my e-mail is

    and ..i want to be part of CI

  3. Alonzo says

    es UN GRAN PROBLEMA!!!! y no importa de dnd seamos est va a afectar a todoss!!


    😛 asi qe pongamonoz en accion!! y no dejemos destruir este bellisimo mundo! unico y exclusivo..
    Saben puedo perder mi chaqeta PRADA o mis lentes de sol burberry..pero se qe sovrevivire! pro si piierdo este mundo..!!

    nada ni nadie sobrevivira..y eso es lo qe estamos haciendo!

  4. Touka&Momoka says

    Hola, soy de Ecuador y la verdad quisiera hacer algo para poder ayudar mas, aunque no se que hacer, de todas maneras me gusta lo que estan haciendo, igual si hay algo mas que pueda hacer por favo diganmelo..

  5. jose h andia says

    i realy care of this discution, BUT WHEN this organization will talk ABOUT DE USA polution ?? they are always pointing the rest of the world, BUT NEVER USA !!! muito estranho essa posição…

  6. Andrew says

    I run a small landscaping company in Birmingham AL. Over the past 6 years we have experienced several years of rather severe drought which has gotten people to think about conservation. I have started to install rain barrels (underground and in crawl spaces under porches etc) low water irrigation systems, and of course the biggest is to use local plants that are drought tolerant in many of my designs. Water conservation is not a fad. It is a must even in the SE where we “thought” we were immune!

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