World Water Day Observed on March 22nd
20 March, 2018
World Water Day 2018 took place on the 22nd of March. This year’s theme, ‘Nature for Water’, explores nature-based solutions to water challenges. According to UN-Water’s World Water Day fact sheet, nature-based solutions can help to manage both water availability and quality. Examples include restoring forests, grasslands, and natural wetlands; reconnecting rivers to floodplains; and creating vegetation buffers along watercourses. These and other nature-based solutions can reduce erosion, improve water quality, enhance biodiversity, recharge groundwater resources, and mitigate flooding downstream.
Challenges accessing water have been consistently raised by households across the 14 most affected districts. The Inter-Agency Common Feedback Project have been highlighting this for many months and published a special report on this topic in November 2016. The December 2017 Inter-Agency Common Feedback Project report found that water supply remains an issue across all 14 districts (see graph above) and overall 37% of respondents said water supply is the biggest community reconstruction need. This number represented an increase from October 2017, but remained below the high of 44% reported in May 2017. The report goes on to recommend that “the momentum that has been gained towards this end in 2017 should be further built on moving into 2018 with the continued commitment of partners working together to restore access to necessary water supply for affected communities”.