Water resources are in great demand today all over the world. Water has become a precious resource on which the well-being and even the survival of future generations critically depends.
Water is indispensable and plays an important role in providing sustainable developments for all fields in the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. Unfortunately, progress on the Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) on Water and Sanitation is off target. The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2020 stated that there were 2.2 billion people around the world who were still in need of safe drinking water management, including 785 million with no potable water. A new framework was created under the Decade of Action to accelerate sustainable solutions over the next ten years to meet the SDG 6 targets; ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all through concerted and accelerated actions by stakeholders at all levels.
Water related issues such as quality, quantity, availability, planning and management will have to be seriously tackled now and in the future. Issues on water security for instance protection of vulnerable water systems, sustainable development of water resources, safeguarding access to water functions and services, and protection against water related hazards such as floods and droughts. The steadily increasing stress on natural resources in many regions has already led to a precarious balance between the needs of diverse water users in river basins and coastal zones. Consequently, managing future water resources becomes very complicated and requires multi-discipline approaches.
The 5th International Conference on Water Resources (ICWR-2021) aims to bring together the academics, scientists, leading engineers, researchers, water managers, government officials and practitioners from wide range of disciplines working on water resources and sustainability science. They will collaborate,communicate and share experiences and research results, to reiterate the importance of managing water resources and to re-establish virtue and harmonizing the natural order of life through knowledge. The 2021 World Water Day theme of Valuing Water by the United Nations signifies the importance to be resilient and be prepared with current and future water-related challenges.