World Council of Churches

A worldwide fellowship of churches seeking unity, a common witness and Christian service

You are here: Home / What we do / Ecumenical Water Network

Ecumenical Water Network

The Ecumenical Water Network (EWN) strives to promote the preservation, responsible management and the equitable distribution of water for all, based on the understanding that water is a gift of God and a fundamental human right.
Ecumenical Water Network

Photo by kind permission of © Pablo León-Asuero Moreno

The Ecumenical Water Network is an initiative of Christian churches, organizations, and movements who have joined hands

  • to protect and realize people's access to water around the world
  • making a common Christian witness be heard in the debate on water issues
  • promoting community-based initiatives and solutions to overcome the water crisis
  • protecting water as a gift of God and advocating for water as a human right at the local, regional, and international level

The WCC's 9th Assembly in 2006 has given its support to the Ecumenical Water Network (EWN) and provided a policy framework through the statement on Water for Life. The current water crisis and the multi-dimensional challenges it poses for the future were recognized by the Assembly. Since 2007, the WCC offers a home for the EWN Secretariat and helps to facilitate co-operation and common action among the partners involved in building on the experience of successful co-operation.

Please visit the EWN website for more information: water.oikoumene.org

Related News

Webinar explores "Reconnecting in faith with creation, land and water”

Webinar explores "Reconnecting in faith with creation, land and water”

A 28 July World Council of Churches (WCC) webinar entitled "Reconnecting in faith with creation, land and water” explored the ways in which we tie our faith to living responsibly on earth. Participants explored together why and how a sustainable future must be based on the interdependency of the whole creation, not an anthropocentric understanding in which human beings are the dominant species.

World Environment Day webinar: ‘biodiversity an urgent existential issue’

World Environment Day webinar: ‘biodiversity an urgent existential issue’

The National Council of Churches in India and the World Council of Churches (WCC) cohosted a webinar on 4 June under the theme “Sustainable Environment: Churches in action.”

Water, sanitation and hygiene—and the positive difference churches can make

Water, sanitation and hygiene—and the positive difference churches can make

Dinesh Suna, coordinator of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Ecumenical Water Network, offers insights on how religious institutions are influencing, in innovative and positive ways, people’s access to water, sanitation and hygiene