Title: Progress on Freshwater Ecosystems: Global Indicator 6.6.1. Updates and Acceleration Needs 2021
Human activities are causing globally observable changes to freshwater ecosystems and hydrological regimes. Demand for water from the world’s increasing population has redefined natural landscapes into agricultural and urban land. Global precipitation and temperature changes are exacerbating the problem, impacting the quantity and quality of fresh water.
Main recommendation: Implement and enforce national and river basin level policies, laws and practices to effectively protect the integrity of freshwater ecosystems and undertake large-scale restoration of degraded freshwater ecosystems. Governments are urged to act to develop and implement action plans, road maps, investment portfolios, legislative frameworks and governing mechanisms that are able to identify, protect and/or restore countries’ priority freshwater ecosystems.
Category: Water and Climate Change