Water is not on list of primary global risks — report

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AMMAN — A recent international report issued by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) criticized the failure to include water as one of the primary risks in the global risks report, according to Al-Ghad News.اضافة اعلان

The world faces many challenges regarding freshwater, including Jordan, the Ministry of Water and Irrigation said that the decrease in rainfall, the increase in temperature, and population growth have led to the emergence of a resource crisis.

Sources in the Ministry of Water, who preferred not to be named, told Al-Ghad that despite the administrative improvements that the water authorities are trying to make, there is still an imbalance between supply and demand due to instability and insecurity in the region as well as social, economic, and environmental impacts of climate change, according to the National Water Strategy for the years 2016–2025.

The report “Water can reduce global risks”, warned of the main environmental risks related to water, recommending the need to understand the importance of the role of water, and thus improving the chances of finding effective solutions. The report stressed the importance of the role of water in mitigating the effects of climate change, as it is the most dangerous threat to the world.

The report also pointed out that extreme weather is considered the second most dangerous risk due to a year of unprecedented floods, heat waves, droughts, and hurricanes in many parts of the world.

The report was based on the fact that 90 percent of extreme weather events are related to water, which calls for more investments in early warning systems in addition to recommendations to make agriculture more resistant to drought.

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