The major industrial economies of Australia, India, China, and U.S. are rated as ‘high risk’ in a new study evaluating the vulnerability of 159 countries to water stress, while the regions of the Middle East and North Africa are at the highest risk.
The Water Stress Index, developed by global risks advisory firm Maplecroft, identifies the risks to governments, population, and business. It has been calculated by evaluating the ratio of a country’s total water use from domestic, agriculture, and industrial use, to the renewable supply of water from precipitation, rivers, streams, and groundwater. The index is accompanied by a sub-national map, which utilises GIS technology, pinpointing global water stress down to 50sqkm worldwide.
For more information and to see Maplecroft’s water stress map, click here.
Sachiye Day, VERTICES intern