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German founding member of EWN marks World Water Day with report on water stress

German founding member of EWN marks World Water Day with report on water stress

Bread for the World report highlighting the accentuated water stress around the world.

20 March 2015

To mark World Water Day on 22 March, one of the founding members of the Ecumenical Water Network, the Protestant German aid agency Brot für die Welt (Bread for the World) has released a new report highlighting the accentuated water stress around the world.  The report underlines the fact that the ever increasing demand for water in industrial agriculture and energy production, which accounts for around 90 percent of freshwater consumption, is not sustainable.

The publication resonates well with the theme of “Water and Sustainable Development”, which the United Nations have set for World Water Day 2015.  “The limits of sustainable water usage have already been surpassed today in many parts of the world,” says Carolin Callenius, Bread for the World’s programme executive for water and food. She also represents the agency on the international reference group of the World Council of Churches’ Ecumenical Water Network (EWN).

Overcoming malnourishment is a key campaign objective for Bread for the World. “World nutrition can only be sustained in the long term if humanity gets a grip on the water crisis,“ says Carolin Callenius.

The  former EWN coordinator Maike Gorsboth has authored this report, in collaboration with the editorial team at Brot für die Welt.

Download the report on Bread for the World’s website.