Every year on March 22, World Water Day is observed as a means of focusing world attention on the importance of freshwater and its sustainable development. The first World Water Day was designated by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993 and each year since then highlights a specific aspect of freshwater. 2013 will be the International Year of Water Cooperation, promoting water cooperation world wide. Water is a precious resource which is threatened by rapid urbanization, pollution and climate change. It is also a resource which is in ever-increasing demand by the world’s over 7 billion people, so it is essential that it be wisely and equitably managed.
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One of our library’s new books on water conservation is Last call at the oasis: the global water crisis and where do we go from here, edited by Karl Weber. Based on the documentary film by Academy Award-winning director Jessica Yu, the companion book explains the current conflicts over water supplies around the world and describes the work that reformers, policy-makers, scientists, engineers and business leaders are doing to craft solutions. It is a fascinating read.