Access to water remains one of the biggest global challenges of the 21st Century. Growing population, water consumption, pollution, and climate variability are resulting in greater water scarcity, driving competition over water resources and increased conflicts amongst water users.
As a water-dependent industry this challenge poses a risk to the mining and metals sector but also presents a significant opportunity–to catalyze and support collective solutions that contribute to improved water security and sanitation for all.
IFC and ICMM have a common goal of improving mining’s contribution to sustainable development. They believe that the industry can be a partner for development and this paper aims to support that journey through a focus on water: sharing the practical challenges, successes and lessons learnt from those companies and local partners who have worked across boundaries to tackle shared water risks and seize shared opportunities.