August 22nd, 2006



20-26 August 2006: World Water Week

"This won't be in decades: it's here now," says Frank Rijsberman, director general of the International Water Management Institute . Rijsberman launches the report today at the 2006 World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden.

Agriculture consumes a vast amount of our water, accounting for about 74% of the total water withdrawn from rivers, lakes and aquifers. In 2000, 7,200 cubic kilometres of water were used to grow food; by 2050, population growth is expected to see that increase to 11,000-13,500 cubic kilometres. That will require some changes in how water is used, say the report's authors, from desalinating sea water for use in irrigation to switching diets so that people rely more on less water-intensive crops. 

Severe water scarcity arrives decades earlier than predicted -- Nature, Aug 2006 
A Thirsty World -- Science, Aug 2006

Need for Water Could Double in 50 Years, U.N. Study Finds NY Times