Gabriel Eckstein of IWRA: "Connection Between Water and Climate Undeniable"

The connection between water and climate is undeniable, says Gabriel Eckstein, President of the International Water Resources Association (IWRA): "Without one, we cannot have the other. This is why we joined as a Partner with the Water ChangeMaker Awards - to bring closer the knowledge and expertise and voices of members and partners to the international water and development communities that are making decisions, moving to action and inspiring others."

Eckstein says that one of the most important water-related decisions taken today by communities worldwide is the creation of legal and governance regimes on managing freshwater resources: "But bridging the interface between science policy and the law is not an easy task, much is lost in the translation."

So why should water professionals submit a story to the Water ChangeMaker Awards?

"None of us has all the answers, we have to work together to overcome water scarcity and climate challenges worldwide. We need people to tell us about their water journeys and how they overcame obstacles and how they achieved their goals. By collaborating and learning from each other that's how we'll achieve sustainability and resilience on global level," says Eckstein.

IWRA is a non-profit, non-governmental, educational organisation established in 1971. It provides a global, knowledge-based forum for bridging disciplines and geographies by connecting professionals, students, individuals, corporations and institutions who are concerned with the sustainable use of the world’s water resources.