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World Water Day 2022

Groundwater – making the invisible visible

Groundwater is invisible, but its impact is visible everywhere. Almost all of the liquid freshwater in the world is groundwater, supporting drinking water supplies, sanitation systems, farming, industry and ecosystems. Groundwater will play a critical role in adapting to climate change. We must protect and explore groundwater, balancing the needs of people and the planet. Groundwater may be out of sight, but it must not be out of mind.

In collaboration with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Water for Women Fund, we will again be marking UN Water’s World Water Day by highlighting work AWP is supporting partners to deliver across the Indo-Pacific. This will culminate in several events at the World Expo in Dubai during water week (20–26 March 2022).

Australia is supporting COVID-19 response and recovery efforts across the Indo-Pacific through sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and water resource management (WRM), to secure our region’s health, stability and economic recovery. Water underpins all that we do in working towards the Sustainable Development Goals, including climate action. Gender equality and climate change are two inseparable issues facing us today as a global society. Every day, women and girls are disproportionately impacted by climate change and its devastating consequences. Yet, as the most affected, women are also critical to rapid responses and prevention. Every day, inspiring and resilient women are at the forefront of protecting our planet.

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