New Perspectives on Sharing Water
The United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goal 6 Synthesis Report on Water and Sanitation (UN, 2018) states that if pressures on water resources continue, 52% of the world’s population will be put at risk by 2050. Water is scarce and getting scarcer. That is, by 2050, more than half of the world will be living in places where water supplies are no longer abundant. Defined variously as a lack of water security, water stress, water scarcity, a water shortage, and/or a drought – in all such cases the search for a solution must include the development of robust ways to manage access to and the use of water.
In the new GWP Perspective Paper, Professor Young offers a framework and a set of questions designed to assist local communities and local water managers consider the case for seeking to improve existing water-sharing arrangements.
The Perspectives Paper on Sharing Water is available here.
Read our media release on the launch of the paper here.