World Water Day is celebrated on 22 March every year as an initiative to highlight the importance and relevance of water resources in the world. Water is a natural resource that transcends all human activities, from food and sanitation to transportation and clothing. This vital resource is indispensable for the future of the world.

The topic for the celebration of Water Day 2022 is groundwater, a water resource that is found underground in aquifers, which are geological formations of rocks, sands, and gravel that hold substantial quantities of water. Groundwater feeds springs, rivers, lakes, wetlands and seeps into oceans. Almost all freshwater in the world is groundwater. Life would not be possible without groundwater. Most arid areas of the world depend entirely on groundwater. Groundwater supplies a large proportion of the water we use for drinking, sanitation, food production and industrial processes (United Nations, 2022 ).

Water Week is an initiative co-organized by SEI Latin America, the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of Colombia , the Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies , the Association of Regional Autonomous Corporations and Sustainable Development and the Thematic Network of Integrated Water Resource Management. The event will have different sessions on 22–24 March 2022 and will address the following topics:

  • Groundwater
  • Water information management in Colombia
  • Water reuse
  • Water Beyond Boundaries.

SEI Latin America Centre Director David Purkey and Tania Santos, Cláudia Coleoni, and Camilo González, representatives of the water research area team, will participate on 24 March with a presentation on SEI’s Water Beyond Boundaries initiative.

The event will be streamed live in Spanish on Facebook and Twitter and the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of Colombia’s YouTube channel. No prior registration is required.