Amity Insight reports
Thirsty Planet Revisited 30 Oct 2017
Head of RI Policy & Research
In 2011 we published the first of a two-part resource series ‘Thirsty
Planet’ which looked at water threat, stress and opportunity. This noted that a
rising population was ‘likely to place unprecedented strain on the world’s
natural resources [and]…the ability for vast sections of the population to
access fresh water’.
Six years on, we view the challenge of providing clean, potable
water to a growing, urban population, balanced against the demands of agriculture,
commerce and industry to be among the most pressing and urgent. Indeed the World
Economic Forum’s (WEF) annual Global Risk Report1 has placed ‘water
crises’ in the top three global risks in terms of impact since 2012. For the
WEF, the impact of water crises is second only to extreme weather events and
the use of weapons of mass destruction – whilst a significant water crisis is
now considered more likely than either food related crises, or the failure of
financial systems and institutions.
Water is perhaps uniquely, an economic, societal and environmental
risk. Lack of water has an immediate and catastrophic impact on human, societal
and economic viability. In ‘Thirsty Planet Revisited’ we provide a fresh look
at water risk and opportunity, and provide a new section on the interconnected
links of water shortage and climate change. We look at the ability of new technology
such as forward osmosis to make desalination a solution of scale in many
waterstressed parts of the world.
The Insight looks too at the broad investment value chain and the
opportunities for responsible investors in the $600bn global water sector providing
sustainable solutions in the water and waste-water sectors.
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