Water Risk Articles

  • Search and Rescue Demo With Deep Trekker

    Search and Rescue operations are a large part of police divers jobs. While it is never nice to hear about a drown victim, the work that police divers do is extremely important to provide closure to the families involved. Each time a brave diver enters the water there is a number of risks involved, especially when the specific task at hand holds so much weight. One of the most ...


    By Deep Trekker Inc.

  • Urban vulnerability and resiliency over water-related risks: a case study from Algiers

    The ad hoc management of natural environmental features and inappropriate social interventions could cause vulnerability of thriving urban ecosystems. For instance sub-aerial exposure, water-related hazards, urban intrinsic sensitivity, urban adaptation ability or flexibility and urban transformability factors could contribute a potential danger. In spite of seasonal climatic changes, the ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Feeding Ourselves Thirsty: How the Food Sector is Managing Global Water Risks

    In Feeding Ourselves Thirsty, Ceres takes a closer look at how the food sector is managing water risk. The report evaluates publicly available information on the water use, stewardship and policies of 37 major food sector companies in four industries: packaged food, beverage, meat and agricultural products. The report examines how water risks affect the profitability and competitive positioning ...


    By Ceres

  • An Investor Handbook for Water Integration

    This report offers recommendation on how to integrate water into investment policies, portfolio management, strategic planning and client relationship building. It serves as a stepping-stone for managers just beginning to integrate water risks and opportunities into their thinking, as well as for advanced investors looking to deepen their ...


    By Ceres

  • Assessing global water risks and source water vulnerabilities case study

    Challenge: One of the largest multinational beer, wine and spirits companies in the world, and a widely regarded global leader in sustainability, retained Antea Group's Global Corporate Consultancy team to assess localized water stress conditions throughout its global operations. The company wanted a prioritization of local risks against the best available internal and external data. ...


    By Antea Group - USA

  • Water and climate variability in developing countries: the case of Uganda

    Water safety and climate mitigation measures are global concerns. In this study, climate variability and related health implications were examined. The data included 11,101 outpatient records in the Luwero district from the Ugandan Ministry of Health database, the records of 2,358 outpatients connected with water-related health risks linked to climate variability (diseases such as cholera, ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Insuring water: a practical risk management option in water-scarce and drought-prone regions?

    Recurrent water deficits in various arid and semi-arid Mediterranean basins are largely covered by illegal groundwater abstractions uncontrolled by the water authorities. Aquifers thus play the role of buffer stocks and are used by farmers as a reliable, although informal, insurance system. This has led to continuous groundwater depletion and increased scarcity and drought risk over the last few ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Multinationals Need to Take Notice and Take Action on Water Risk Data

    New research from the World Resources Institute scores water-related risks facing 180 countries and 100 river basins. This is the first national-level data of its kind, evaluating competition for available ...

  • 5 Things We Learned in 2013 that Could Move the Needle on Sustainability

    Two and a half millennia ago, Plato announced that “Human behavior flows from three things: desire, emotion, and knowledge.” Unfortunately, our human and corporate behavior on climate change is not even close to where it needs to be. But if the great philosopher was right (and he usually was), 2013 may have been a game changer. Gains in “desire” and “emotion” ...

  • World’s 37 Most Water-Stressed Countries

    Providing stable freshwater supplies is a priority for every country in the world. Yet stable supplies are increasingly hard to come by in many countries, as water-related risks increase. For example, recent droughts threatened GDP growth in the United States. ...

  • Water Risks on the Rise for Three Global Energy Production Hot Spots

    Energy runs on water. In fact, among industries, the global energy sector is the world’s largest water user. Almost all forms of energy production and power generation depend upon water for their operations. This tension causes stress in both the energy and water worlds. Three-quarters of energy respondents to a ...

  • America`s Water Risk: Water Stress and Climate Variability

    The emerging awareness of the dependence of business on water has resulted in increasing awareness of the concept of “Water Risk” and the diverse ways in which water can pose threats to businesses in certain regions and sectors. Businesses seek to secure sustainable income. To do so, they need to maintain a competitive advantage and brand differentiation. They need secure and stable ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Step-by-Step guidance on corporate water disclosure

    Investors need to understand a wide variety of business and market risks facing the companies in which they invest. In the 21st century, that includes water risks. An increasing number of companies are experiencing detrimental water-related business impacts, including operational or supply chain ...

  • Water risk to business is no small drip

    At the World Economic Forum in Davos two weeks ago, I was struck by how often the issue of water risk was raised by business executives. As the global economic turmoil is receding, many CEOs and global leaders are turning to other threats—and water is high on the list. For the second year in a row, water crises were named among the ...

  • Aqueduct informs Owens Corning corporate water strategy

    The World Resources Institute (WRI) Markets and Enterprise Program conducted a global water stress assessment with Owens Corning, a leading producer of glass-fiber reinforcements and residential and commercial building materials. This working paper aims to help Owens Corning and other companies deepen their understanding of external water supply-related threats and inform on how to shape ...

  • Aqueduct Water Risk Framework

    Awareness around the physical, regulatory and reputational water risks to companies and their investors is on the rise; and robust, comparable and comprehensive data is needed to help assess these water-related risks. In response to this demand, the World Resources Institute (WRI) Markets and Enterprise Program developed the Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas, a comprehensive and publicly available global ...

  • Aqueduct Global Maps 2.0

    Executive Summary This document describes the specific characteristics of the indicator data and calculations for the Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas Global Maps. Complete guidelines and processes for data collection, calculations, and mapping techniques are described fully in the Aqueduct Water Risk Framework.1 The Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas makes use of a Water Risk Framework (Figure 1), that includes ...

  • Entrepreneurs in Mexico city turn water risk into opportunity

    This story is part of the “Aqueduct Sneak Peek” series. Aqueduct Sneak Peek provides an early look at how various stakeholders can use Aqueduct’s updated global water risk maps, which will be released in January 2013. Read more posts in ...

  • Aqueduct Informs AU Optronics Corporate Water Strategy

    The World Resources Institute (WRI) Markets and Enterprise Program conducted a global geographic water risk assessment with multinational electronics manufacturer AU Optronics (AUO). WRI plotted AUO’s fabrication plants worldwide on global maps of water risk using Aqueduct’s Water ...

  • Collaboration Trumps competition for developers of water risk and stewardship tools

    This post is part of a series on World Water Week, an annual event designed to draw attention to and discuss global water issues. Read more posts in this series. This piece was co-authored by Anne-Leonore Boffi, Program Officer with the ...

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