Let’s combat the severe water stress

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

By 2030, the world will face a 40% global water deficit under the business-as-usual climate scenario, and 2050, over 40% of the world population will be subject to severe water stress, according to World Water Council.

This is a serious business and most of the people to affected are in sub-Saharan Africa and perhaps Asia. Now all what we need to do is to act swiftly.

Water is critical for successful climate change mitigation, as many efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions depend on reliable access to water resources.

World Water Council describes water as most precious, valuable resource, it indicated that climate variability and change continue to have devastating effects globally.

Droughts and flooding have increased worldwide and are projected to worsen by 2030, when 40% of the world’s population will live in river basins under severe water stress, while 20% will be at risk of floods.

The World Water Council understands that securing global water supplies means demanding more funding for water infrastructure, reinforcing governance and management practices and developing knowledge and capacity. As is evident surrounding the current drought crisis in Cape Town, citizens around the world are extremely concerned about water security. In fact, 63% of cities foresee a risk to their water supply from climate change.

 This is an important reality because climate change and water are today inextricably link considering how water is placed at the hearts of every world climate change conferences.

For example during the COP 22, in a first United Nations climate change conferences, a special day was devoted to action on water issues, providing stakeholders gathered in Marrakech, Morocco, an opportunity to spotlight water as a way of providing solutions to help implement the Paris Agreement.

“Water is one of the most impacted resources, but water also provides solutions to these challenges,” stressed the President of the World Water Council, Benedito Braga, said  at the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

This year, an important global forum on water will be held in the Brazilian capital, Brasilia, between the 18th and 23rd of March 2018, and will be guided by the over-arching theme of “Sharing Water,” in light of water’s role in uniting communities and tearingdown barriers. The World Water Council welcomes all to join the world’s biggest water-related event. The forum brings together heads of state, ministers, high-level decision makers, water experts and professionals to raise awareness about water-related issues, local authorities and academics. Founded by the World Water Council, the World Water Forum places water firmly at the heart of global development and puts the spotlight on climate change and a call to action to ensure water’s and our future.

“No water, no life. No blue, no green.”

Sylvia Earle