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Towards sustainable and fair water Footprints

Water Witness and CDP together with partners from the Governments of the UK, Finland, Madagascar, Malawi and Peru, amongst others, are calling on businesses, governments, civil society and external support agencies to join a collaborative effort to transform how the global economy interacts with the water environment and the resilience of local communities.

The global production and consumption of food, clothes and goods such as phones, computers and cars have a major influence on society’s climate and water challenges, and their solutions. Our water footprints shape water and climate security for millions of people.

As the climate emergency escalates, we have a once in a generation opportunity to change the way we interact with water and to harness the power of our water footprints – as individuals, companies, and countries – to ensure that they drive fair, sustainable and resilient water use by 2030.

The journey starts with signing the Glasgow Declaration for Fair Water Footprints for climate resilient, inclusive, and sustainable development at COP26 on 5th November 2021. The declaration commits each constituency to taking significant and measurable actions over the next decade. We invite you to be part of our united effort to take on this vital and world-changing endeavour.

Come and join us on this exciting and ambitious journey!


Join both of our events via the Water Pavilion at COP26  LIVESTREAM above

Marrakech Partnership Water Action Event 1330-1348 hrs GMT, 5 November, Water Pavilion, Blue Zone 

The Glasgow Declaration for Fair Water Footprints signing event will take place in the Water Pavilion as part of the ‘Marrakech Partnership Water Action Event’. The event which is hosted by The Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action and the High Level Climate Champions will include Lord Goldsmith representing the UK Government, Minister Nancy Tembo from the Government of Malawi and partners from the private sector and civil society.

Fair Water Footprints in the Race to Resilience:  Global launch of the Glasgow Declaration for Fair Water Footprints
0800-0930 hrs GMT, 8 November, Water Pavilion, Blue Zone 

Join us as the Declaration is introduced to COP delegates and the public, with messages of commitment and support from founding signatories and the public. The actions resulting from the declaration will be discussed in more depth, and appeals made for others to join the effort. 

“The Government of Malawi is delighted to sign the Declaration for Fair Water Footprints. It is an inspiring example of the bold leadership the world needs in the face of the climate emergency.”

Minister Nancy Tembo, Minister for Forestry and Natural Resources, Malawi

Further resources

Take a look at our frequently asked questions and key messages.

Tackling the Global Water Crisis: the Role of Water Footprints and Water Stewardship An introduction to the issues involved in water footprints and water stewardship

How fair is fashion’s water footprint?
Water Witness 2020 study highlighting the impact of fast fashion in Africa’s rivers 



COP26 – Landmark ‘Fair Water Footprints’ Declaration sets out to tackle world water crisis

Governments, business and civil society are taking the ground-breaking step towards transforming how water is used to build climate resilience and support the needs of ecosystems, communities and businesses.

“”The Glasgow Declaration represents a unique partnership…We are united in the common ambition of managing water in a more equitable and sustainable way, that benefits people, our economies and our planet’.

Rt. Hon Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park, Minister for Pacific and the Environment at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

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