WEF 2016 Global Risk Report: water crises the highest concern for the next 10 years

By By Peter Brabeck-Letmathe

14 January 2016 See comments (6)


Top five 'Global Risks' of highest concern for the next 10 years

Top Five Global Risks of Highest Concern for the Next 10 Years

Ahead of its 2016 Annual Meeting in Davos, the World Economic Forum just published its new Global Risk Report. In a new structure, WEF distinguished between short-term risks – 1 year ahead, with large scale involuntary migration as the by far biggest challenge – and longer-term risk, with water clearly coming out as number-one problem.

Food crises is ranked as number 4 – in several of my posts I underlined that the by far biggest challenge to global food security is the increasing shortage of water needed to grow the food. This means that the risk from water crises might be even higher than what the chart shows.

I very much hope that the participants in the 2016 Annual Meeting will take this outcome of research seriously and move further ahead towards solutions for the water challenge.

The Water Goal as part of the recently launched UN Development Agenda, particularly Integrated Water Resource Management that understands the value of water (targets 6.5 and 6.6) provides a good basis for this.

Later next week, I hope to be able to report about such progress.

  1. Urs E. Gattiker - DrKPI - CEO @ CyTRAP Labs GmbH

    17 Jan 2016 - 12:13 (GMT)

    Dear Peter

    Thanks so much for sharing this report here. You write:
    "...longer-term risk, with water clearly coming out as number-one problem."

    I then went to look at the methodology used with this report:

    "As in previous years, assessments of risks in this year’s Report are based on the Global Risks Perception Survey. The survey captures the perceptions of almost 750 experts and decision-makers in the World Economic Forum’s multistakeholder communities and was conducted in Fall 2015. "

    What I am curious about is what WEF Davos is doing to tackle this challenge and risk? I heard you talk about this at WEF Davos 2012 and you probably pointed out this problem before.

    What has the WEF done so far? Can it do anything?
    I ask because I feel the public is not aware of this major risk. In turn, little if anything seems happening.
    What do you think Peter?

    Cordially
    Urs
    PS. I love this blog. It is again in this year's WEF Davos 20016 Top CEO Bloggers http://blog.drkpi.com/rating-and-ranking-6/


  2. Peter @ Nestle

    04 Feb 2016 - 11:23 (GMT)

    Dear Urs,
    many thanks for the comment, and apologies for a late reply (Davos kept everybody quite busy).
    On your question, i.e., what Davos can do to address the water challenges: to an extent, my subsequent post of 21 January 2016 answers your question. The Heads of State Panel on Water to champion and lead global advocacy around critical issues is a good step forward, to get the necessary attention, to get out of silos and to move to focused action.
    Already some five years ago, we set up the 2030 Water Resources Group here in Davos; I am chairing this rather innovative and in its approach disruptive public-private partnership and reported several times about its progress. You can find more on https://www.2030wrg.org/ .
    Needless to say, these are steps, more initiatives in Davos and elsewhere have to follow if we take the warnings from the 2016 Global Risk report seriously.
    Regards, Peter


  3. Christophe Diederich - analyst @ none

    17 Jan 2016 - 16:42 (GMT)

    Thank you, and water scarcity further strands fossils as it adds to production price and reduces future cash flows.


  4. Herwig Pusca - managing director & partner @ GOOD WATER

    18 Jan 2016 - 11:45 (GMT)

    Our company will help to change a lot in this field.
    Looking forward to visit our website and start with the GOODWATER principles:

    http://www.good-water.org/goodwater/goodwater/our-principles

    check our solutions and commitments:

    http://www.good-water.org/goodwater/goodwater/solutions-commitments

    and finally visit our atmospheric water system:

    http://www.good-water.org/goodwater/water-systems/awg

    Looking forward receiving any kind of questions and ideas.

    Best regards

    Herwig Pusca


  5. Akhilesh Ahirwal - Manager - BD @ Ekam Eco Solutions

    21 Apr 2016 - 07:30 (GMT)

    Ekam Eco Solutions is an IIT Delhi incubated startup working in the domain of ecological sanitation and water.
    We have developed a properietory product Zerodor waterless urinal for men which doesnot requires water for flushing and it eliminates the odour aswell. We want to disseminate this novel technology in your premises also, You can visit our website for more details www.ekamecosolutions.com. We would be happy to meet you to discusss the technology in detail.
    You may also like to visit the following links for more information on Installation & Maintenance processes and Customer Feedback.
    A) Zerodor
    1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQhYIZAKi-0
    2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzlCqZEl3ls
    3) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXMJ8J_dCsw

    B) Interviews
    1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzVXbUdNw0g
    2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDLR6ZjsWJU

    C) Installation Video
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQu-gYGayDE

    D) Maintenance Video
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9x_5tUyEJA&feature=youtu.be

    E) Zerodor Waterless Urinal Kiosk
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otGTrqcIB_o

    Thank you
    Akhilesh Ahirwal
    akhilesh@ekamecosolutions.com


  6. Akhilesh Ahirwal - Manager - BD @ Ekam Eco Solutions

    21 Apr 2016 - 07:32 (GMT)

    Ekam Eco Solutions is an IIT Delhi incubated startup working in the domain of ecological sanitation and water.
    We have developed a properietory product Zerodor waterless urinal for men which doesnot requires water for flushing and it eliminates the odour aswell. We want to disseminate this novel technology in your premises also, You can visit our website for more details www.ekamecosolutions.com. We would be happy to meet you to discusss the technology in detail.
    You may also like to visit the following links for more information on Installation & Maintenance processes and Customer Feedback.
    A) Zerodor
    1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQhYIZAKi-0
    2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzlCqZEl3ls
    3) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXMJ8J_dCsw

    B) Interviews
    1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzVXbUdNw0g
    2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDLR6ZjsWJU
    3) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oUUFFRMdv0&feature=share

    C) Installation Video
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQu-gYGayDE

    D) Maintenance Video
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9x_5tUyEJA&feature=youtu.be

    E) Zerodor Waterless Urinal Kiosk
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otGTrqcIB_o

    Thank you
    Akhilesh Ahirwal
    akhilesh@ekamecosolutions.com

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