What can we do?: ourselves as individual water managers

Successful water management remains an integrated, holistic and cooperative activity

Convention on Biological Diversity / UNEP


We all have a responsibility to manage our water resources and to understand the role of biodiversity. Local actions to conserve and reuse water are the basis of sustainable water management and play a direct role in the delivery of broader water management, through domestic initiatives, such as rainwater harvesting and water-friendly garden design or simply reducing water usage or enhancing local ecosystems. Similarly, stakeholders are encouraged to ensure that their experiences and concerns are integrated into water management decision-making. The power to change through grassroots advocacy and action should not be underestimated.

Water managers and agencies need a greater appreciation of the socio-economic values and co-benefits provided by natural infrastructure, such as the regulation of flooding, sustaining of fisheries and aquaculture and other wider socio-economic impacts. Successful water management remains an integrated, holistic and cooperative activity.

Whilst minimising our impact on the environment and limiting resource use is the best course of action, there are a growing number of initiatives that allow individuals and companies to fund mitigation projects.

Fragment from the book Natural solutions for water security.

View the entire book by Convention on Biological Diversity.