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Global Water Supply and Demand Trends Point Towards Rising Water Insecurity

Global water demand is expected to continue to rise over the next 30 years and natural water supplies will probably be insufficient to meet that demand in some parts of the world. Water conservation remains the best option to reduce water stress, but it is not always viable. Managed aquifer recharge, water recycling and desalination could alleviate some of the pressure on natural water supplies, but they are unlikely to be adopted on a large enough scale to prevent an increase in global water insecurity by 2050.

Climate Change Threats to Food and Water Security on Pacific Atolls

Climate change poses a threat to the food and water security of Pacific Island Countries. The small, low-lying atoll countries, such as Kiribati, Tuvalu and the Marshall Islands, are particularly at risk. As those countries produce very little of their own food, and are highly reliant on imports, it is likely that they will be more greatly affected by water insecurity as a result of sea-level rise, more powerful wave activity and higher flood risk.

Kenya Digs Deep to Research Underground Water Reserves

The use of new technology to enhance aquifer sustainability may reduce threats to Kenyan, and global, water security.

Global Freshwater Availability Trends

Christopher Crellin, Research Assistant Future Directions International 5 July 2018 In his post titled “Global Freshwater Availability Trends”, Christopher Crellin, Research Assistant, Global Food and Water Crises Research Programme, looks at a study based on data collected from the GRACE satellites and its tracking of the global trends of freshwater availability between 2002 and 2016. An…

Global Freshwater Availability Trends

Christopher Crellin, Research Assistant Future Directions International 5 July 2018 In his post titled “Global Freshwater Availability Trends”, Christopher Crellin, Research Assistant, Global Food and Water Crises Research Programme, looks at a study based on data collected from the GRACE satellites and its tracking of the global trends of freshwater availability between 2002 and 2016. An…

Global Freshwater Availability Trends

An analysis of satellite data identifies 19 hotspots that experienced dramatic water depletion between 2002 and 2016. If those regions are to avoid the security threats that often accompany declines in freshwater availability, they will need improved policies that encourage the adoption of water efficient crops; sustainable agricultural infrastructure; the recycling of wastewater; and, where applicable, a co-operative management of shared water resources.

Bahrain Food and Water Security

11 August 2015 | Global Food and Water Crises
Download PDF Sinéad Lehane Research Manager Global Food and Water Crises Research Programme   Key Points Bahrain currently experiences a comfortable level of trade-based food security; however, it is vulnerable to supply disruptions and price risk. A section of the population is vulnerable to food price rises due in part to widespread income and social...

Australia’s Water Security Part 2: Water Use

13 November 2014 | Global Food and Water Crises
Download PDF Sinéad Lehane Research Manager Global Food and Water Crises Research Programme     Key Points Water use in Australia has led to the full allocation of much of its available surface water. The agriculture sector is the largest water consumer, accounting for just over half of all water consumed in Australia. Population growth...

Factors Influencing Migration and Population Movements – Part 2

30 October 2014 | Indian Ocean
Download PDF   Mervyn Piesse Research Analyst Indian Ocean Research Programme Key Points Socio-political movements have the potential to increase social unrest, violence and rising levels of intolerance. These forces could encourage people to emigrate to avoid becoming embroiled in these conflicts. Due to continuing political uncertainty, parts of the Middle East are likely to...

Australia’s Water Security Part 1: Water Resources

16 September 2014 | Global Food and Water Crises
Download PDF Sinéad Lehane Research Manager Global Food and Water Crises Research Programme   Key Points Despite occupying 5.6 per cent of the world’s landmass, Australia receives little more than one per cent of the world’s available freshwater resources. The bulk of Australia’s population, agriculture and industry are located in the temperate and southern coastal...

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