Ensure Availability and Sustainable Management of Water and Sanitation for All
The Pacific region is a region of a thousand Islands distributed across 180 million square kilometres of Ocean. Ironically, it faces increasing water woes as underground water lenses are threatened by:
Eutrophication of water from land activities, including agricultural chemical use has been identified as the major environmental threat to Pacific aquatic ecosystems. Organic agricultural practices eliminate the use of agrichemicals; therefore, minimising the seepage of chemicals into underground water reserves and river systems of island countries.
Organic practices and production systems also provide valuable ecosystem services, ensuring appropriate forest cover is maintained, improving soil structure and maintaining the balance of microorganisms in soils. These serve as natural purifiers that remove chemicals and contaminants in water as it passes through the soil to underground reserves.
Organic Agriculture not only eliminates the use of chemical pollutants in agriculture but also efficiently provides a solution to protecting the purity of current water reserves for safer use in the Pacific.