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water is becoming scarcer, dirtier and more expensive. Around 1.1 billion people do not have access to safe water, and 2.4 billion people do not have access to adequate sanitation. The poor, especially in developing countries, suffer most from the effects of water shortages.


We believe that water is a human right; it is essential to sustain livelihoods, and should not be treated as an economic good. Large scale mega-projects like hydro-dams and mining operations should only go ahead with the full consent of local people, and should not threaten their access to water.


Friends of the Earth International groups campaign for water justice by promoting Public-Public Partnerships for water management systems, urging water reduction and reuse, and restoring rivers and wetlands to more natural states.


We work together with local communities in protecting their right to water. We oppose large scale ‘development’ projects that pollute rivers and that use large quantities of water. We mobilize the public to vote for new laws and regulations that keep water in the public domain.


Find out more about how our groups are working on water issues.


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