Water Security Risk

Our recent blog Water Use, Coca-Cola and India mentioned that British-based risk consultancy company Maplecroft has compiled a report which aims to alert companies to investment risks based on a “water security risk index”.

The Ecologist has published further information about the report as well as information about a report by Indian-based Strategic Foresight Group (SFG).

The Ecologist reports that based on the Maplecroft report, the 10 countries most at risk are: Somalia (1), Mauritania (2), Sudan (3), Niger (4), Iraq (5), Uzbekistan (6), Pakistan (7), Egypt (8), Turkmenistan (9) and Syria (10).

Water scarcity hotspots

Water scarcity hotspots based on Maplecroft's report (the darker the colour, the more risk).

SFG’s report has highlighted the worsening problem of water scarcity in the Himalayan sub-region of India, Bangladesh, China and Nepal – none of which made Maplecroft’s top ten list.  SFG say the the Himalayan sub-region of India, Bangladesh, China and Nepal will have to cope with 275 billion cubic metres less water within 20 years, more than the total amount of water currently available in just one of the countries: Nepal.

David M. Davison

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