'Water Now Presents Highest Risk to World' – WEF

Human Wrongs Watch

According to the nearly 900 experts that took part in the World Economic Forum’s Global Risk Perception Survey, a future water crisis would have the most damaging consequences, the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) reported weeks ahead of the World Water Day marked on 22 March 2015.*
Source: SIWI

Source: SIWI

In a report released on 15 January 2015, SIWI informed that the respondents also found that a water crisis is closely linked to several other risks; obviously to food, extreme weather events and failure of climate-change adaptation, but also to inter-state conflict, profound social instability and failure of urban planning.

“The picture painted by the Global Risk report should be a very sobering one. The water challenges confronting us are indeed tremendous”, says Torgny Holmgren, Executive Director of SIWI.

That water is a key concern for future generations is made clear by the fact that among respondents aged below 30, a water crisis is by far the most worrying, according to the report. “Unfortunately, water crisis is among the risks where the least progress has been made over the past ten years.”

Source: SIWI

Source: SIWI

But Torgny Holmgren says that while the survey offers some stark messages, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

“The world is waking up, and here at SIWI we learn every day about new approaches and initiatives that aid the struggle for a world where water is managed wisely and responsibly. I hope that this clarion call is heard across the world, in cabinets, company board rooms and in the negotiations on the Sustainable Development Goals”.

*Source: SIWI. Go to Original.

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