Pictured: A resettlement village near a new hydropower reservoir in Laos, captured during Teresa Culver's work to investigate the control of malaria via reservoir operations. THE CHALLENGE Managing the world’s fresh water is a major challenge of the 21st century. Fresh water is essential for life and commerce, but not always available when, where and how it is needed. As population grows, the global economy expands and the climate changes, cities, industry, agriculture and the environment increasingly compete for scarce water. The environment and the world’s poor are often the residual claimants of heightened competition for water. HOW THE GLOBAL WATER INITIATIVE RISES TO THE CHALLENGE The University of Virginia Global Water Initiative is pursuing a leading role in innovative research, policy advice and education that takes a holistic approach to water management that balances demand with supply, is tailored to local circumstances, remains mindful of global interconnections and draws on knowledge at the confluence of many disciplines. Learn more about the leadership team that supports the Initiative.