Why population matters to waterWater is a key element of life for everyone on Earth. As the world’s population grows, the demand for water mounts and pressure on finite water resources intensifies. Climate change, which is also closely tied to population growth, will also lead to greater pressures on the availability of water resources.

The exact number of people living on Earth in the coming decades is uncertain, but we do know that the population will continue growing, and this will impact water availability. Investing in efforts that slow the rates of population growth through increasing access to voluntary family planning services can help ensure that ample water is available for global food production, ecosystem health, and political and social stability.