Freshwater Action Network
– grassroots influencing on water and sanitation

Rights to water and sanitation

All regions see the importance of water resource management and in particular of transboundary water. Understanding has shifted in recent years: beyond the immediate service needs of those denied access to water and sanitation, management of global water resources, transboundary issues and governance are overarching themes.


If these are not addressed, we will not achieve universal access because basic water supply will not be prioritised; moreover, more people and communities will be affected by environmental impacts. FAN members cited the diminishing of lakes such as Victoria and Chad in Africa, and potential conflicts over international rivers.


“We must take this crucial question in to account in managing water as it is the basis of many conflicts between river states. This could lead to future wars if we don't deal with it now” (ANEW Central Africa).


For more information and resources on the rights to water and sanitation please visit the following FAN webpage.