World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought and the GCRF Water Hub

June 17th marks the UN World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought. The day is observed every year to increase public awareness of the international efforts to combat desertification, with water security experts from various disciplines working to ensure land used for agriculture, textiles and urbanisation is up to scratch.

It seems a suitable day then to introduce the Global Challenges Academy backed Water Security and Sustainable Development Hub here at Newcastle University with international partners in Colombia, Ethiopia, India and Malaysia.

The GCRF Water Security Hub at Newcastle is a UKRI funded research and education facility based in the School of Engineering. The hub’s focus is on sustainable development goal 6, clean water and sanitation, goal 4, quality education, and goal 13, climate action. The Water Security Hub has a clear vision that is visible in all research and is central to the conversations Newcastle academics have with their international partners:

‘Our vision is to enable sustainable water security through developing and demonstrating a systems approach that better understands water systems; values all aspects of water; and strengthens water governance to enable integrated water management.’

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