|FACTS OF WATER AS A NATURAL RESOURCE
Freshwater, a critical resource
Of all the water present on our planet, only 2.5 per cent is fresh, and only 0.007 per cent is readily available to people in rivers, lakes, and reservoirs. Today, the average water availability is 7 600 m3/person/year, barely half of what it was in 1970. Furthermore, there are huge geographical and seasonal variations; while Papua New Guinea has more than 200 000 m3/person/year of renewable water, countries such as Nigeria have less than 3000 m3/person/year.