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World Water Day

World Environment Day was 5 June. Sponsored by United Nations, the focus is on Water. 2003 has also been declared the International Year of Fresh Water. 1.1 billion people have no access to improved water supply and the 2.4 billion people have no access to improved sanitation. Biggest challenges for water lie in Africa and Asia. Canada and Finland lead the world in quality and qauntity of fresh water per head of population. Canada has most lakes of any country in the world.

Africa’s share of global freshwater resources is about 9% while population is 15% of the World. These freshwater resources are distributed unevenly across Africa, with western Africa and central Africa having significantly greater precipitation than northern Africa, the Horn of Africa and southern Africa.

Asia is home to 60% of the world’s population, with only 36% of the world’s freshwater resources. 80% of the global population without access to improved sanitation lives in this continent. Asia will have to cope with major urban challenges in the next thirty years, since more than half its population is expected to live in cities by 2025.

Posted Friday, 13 June 2003

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