Prince Charles today launched a new program to provide reliable access to water for millions of people around the world.
The Prince of Wales said the Resilient Water Accelerator would help countries “fight the devastating effects of the climate crisis”.
He added how the Covid-19 pandemic had made it clear how important it was for everyone to have access to clean water.
The initiative, led by charity WaterAid, aims to ensure that 50 million people have reliable and sustainable access to water sources by 2030.
On-site work is expected to begin next January, after six locations in Africa and Southeast Asia were selected later that year.
Focused on his charity and environmental work after the explosive interview with Harry and Meghan, the Prince of Wales said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has increased the need to ensure access to clean water around the world.
“Since the first meeting in March last year, the Water and Climate Initiative Task Force has worked steadfastly to achieve this by increasing climate funding for comprehensive scalable resilient water programs.”
He added it would “work to provide reliable and sustainable water sources in countries struggling with the devastating effects of the climate crisis”.
New approaches to dealing with the problems of environmental pollution, increasing “water stress” and decreasing supply are being tested.
The Resilient Water Accelerator will bring governments, the private sector, development banks and agencies together to accelerate finances to protect vital water services from climate and health threats.
Tim Wainwright, Managing Director of WaterAid, said, “As the world hopes to get out of the dark cloud of Covid-19, we have a real chance to take on the even greater challenge of climate change.
“Without a reliable source of clean water, people can not only protect themselves from disease, but also from the devastating imponderables of changing weather conditions.
“Climate change means more floods, more droughts and more severe storms, and dramatically increases the risk for communities that do not know from one day to the next whether they are getting enough clean water for their basic needs.
“This initiative aims to reach 50 million people in some of the most marginalized communities in the world with reliable and sustainable water services.”
According to the charity, around 785 million people, one in ten people worldwide, do not have clean water near their home.