Fresh water is essential to all human life and an important driver of global socio-economic development. But with populations increasing and developing economies continuing to grow, the availability of fresh water is a growing challenge in some parts of the world.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), one in ten people lack access to safe water. The availability of fresh water is a key global issue and protecting and preserving this valuable resource is important for everyone.
Shell has partnered with the environmental NGO (non-governmental organisation) Earthwatch to enable its employees to take part in a number of initiatives around the world as volunteers. One of these is FreshWater Watch, a programme that supports scientists, citizens and decision makers to work together to find solutions.
"We work closely with NGOs and industry associations, sharing knowledge and ideas that will improve the way we use water and prepare for the future,” says Alfio Mianzan, who heads water management at Shell. “FreshWater Watch is part of this – it helps to increase scientific knowledge and raises awareness of fresh water issues among employees.”