Water holds the key to improved human security and environmental sustainability in the 21st century. Smart and efficient management of this resource will prove vital to reducing extreme poverty, improving public health, and creating a more sustainable future for all people and the ecosystems that sustain us.
To ensure water for the future and promote greater water-use sustainability, USAID programming increases resilience to water security risk associated with climate change, natural disasters, and ecosystem degradation. USAID disaster risk reduction efforts empower communities to more effectively navigate stronger floods, endure longer droughts, and cope with other symptoms of climate change-driven water supply variability.
Agency programming also engages local partners and water stakeholders as part of a basin-wide approach to water resource management (WRM) that considers water use at the watershed, sub-watershed, and local catchment levels. Sustainable WRM is most likely to occur when local stakeholders have sufficient voice and agency to contribute to and influence discourse on the future of their water resources. This holistic approach to WRM reduces water-related vulnerability by promoting greater water-use efficiency among key groups of water users, and preserving water-based ecosystem services that increase communities’ disaster resilience and support sustainable livelihoods.