Freshwater in Pacific SIDS

© Katharina Glynne

Water is the most important resource for humankind, cross-cutting all social, economic and environmental activities. With their limited access to freshwater resources and changing rainfall levels, many Pacific Island Countries are acutely aware of this issue.

UNESCO works to build the knowledge base to help countries more effectivley manage their water resources through the International Hydrological Programme (IHP), through the World Water Development Report and through the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education and through a network of affiliated research centres on water.

For the Pacific region, the International Hydrological Programme works on groundwater and climate change in SIDS. In 2012, the Catalogue of Rivers for Pacific Islands was published, made possible through the support of the UNESCO IHP, with WMO, the European Union and the Pacific Community (SPC).

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