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GEF’s Fifth International Waters Conference Focuses on Climate Impacts on Water and Oceans

Gef New Logo29 October 2009: The Fifth International Water Conference took place in Cairns, Australia, from 24-29 October 2009, and was co-hosted by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Government of Australia.

The event highlighted that the threat of climate change over land and water resources increases the relevance of groundwater as the world's largest store of freshwater, and the primary source of drinking water for nearly half the world's population. Furthermore, participants underlined that 97% of the world's freshwater is located in aquifer systems, most of which are transnational, and stressed the need for them to be managed as shared resources by States benefiting from them.

[GEF Press Release]