About 37 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean lack access to drinking water, and more than 80% of the countries in the region suffer from “water scarcity-related problems,” warns the OAS.
Furthermore, coinciding with World Water Day, the Organization of American States stated in a statement that about 50% of the region’s citizens live in areas of “extreme” and “high” climate vulnerability, with 100 million 10 million people are warning that they can’t access it. For modern sanitary services.
According to OAS, climate change is exacerbating the challenges of water resource management in the region. As an example, he cites the accelerated loss of glaciers in South America, which “impacts water supplies for human consumption, agriculture and hydropower.”
Drought and water scarcity in Central America and the Caribbean “caused increasing poverty, food insecurity, migration and widening gender inequality,” the organization laments.
Now, to reach one of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, “water for all,” he argues, “the time is short and the pace has to be fast.”
OAS claims to have mobilized nearly $1 billion for water projects in Latin America and the Caribbean over the past 70 years.