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Water grabbing fact sheet for World Water Week

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Ground and surface waters are under increasing stress around the world. The goal to ensure sustainable food and water security is being put further at risk from large-scale land acquisitions targeting lands with water for irrigation. In parts of Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia, powerful interests are acquiring lands either with associated water resources or with the promise of water supply from other areas, often without the free, prior, informed consent of local communities whose human right to water and sanitation and livelihoods are at stake – a process that can be framed as ‘water grabbing.’

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