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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 started 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!



Ministry for Forestry and Natural Resources, Malawi
Ministry of Environment, Panama
Directorate of Climate Change, Panama
Ministry of Agrarian Development and Irrigation, Peru
Ministry for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Madagascar
Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, UK
Ministry of Environment, Finland
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Finland
Federal Ministry of Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology, Austria

Businesses & investors

Supporting Agencies & partnership initiatives
Water Integrity Network (WIN)
Water Footprints Network (WFN)
Global Water Partnership (GWP)
BaseFlowAlliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA)

Civil Society Organisations
Water Witness
African Civil Society Network for Water and Sanitation (ANEW)
Water Aid

Observers to the Declaration
The Government of The Netherlands
International Union for the Conservation of Water (IUCN)

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.

EVENTS at cop26

The Glasgow Declaration for Fair Water Footprints signing event
5 November 2021
The Glasgow Declaration for Fair Water Footprints was signed as part of the ‘Marrakech Partnership Water Action Event’ hosted by The Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action and featured Lord Goldsmith representing the UK Government, Minister Nancy Tembo from the Government of Malawi together with 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
8 November 2021
The Declaration was introduced to COP delegates and the public with messages of commitment and support from founding signatories. 

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