Tag: water scarcity
Climate projections suggest that, by the end of the century, the amount of rain in the Upper Nile basin could increase by up to 20%. But our new paper shows that, despite more rainfall, devastating hot and dry spells are projected to become more frequent in the Upper Nile basin.
According to the World Economic Forum, fresh water is one of the largest global risks to impact the world over the next decade. In Africa water scarcity has become a dire issues and according to the WEF report, Northern Africa has 92 per cent safe water coverage while Sub-Saharan Africa remains at a low 60 per cent of coverage which leaves 40 per cent of the 783 million people in that region without access to clean drinking water. Joining CNBC Africa for more is Andrew Johnstone, Founder of GCS Water and Environmental Consultants and Benoit Le Roy, Co-founder of South African Water Chamber.
Governments and development organizations have spent billions of dollars over the past several decades in an attempt to address this inequity in low- and middle-income countries, but the unfortunate reality is that many of these efforts have fallen flat. So how do you create a solution that sticks ?
This East African country’s future is tied to water – a vital yet threatened resource in a changing climate
In July the East African nation planted 350 million trees in a single day. This was part of the country’s national green legacy initiative to counter environmental degradation and climate change. The initiative ultimately aims to grow 4 billion trees across the country.
Globally, a country is said to experience a serious water scarcity problem if it has less than 500,000 liters of water per person per year, to meet both their daily needs and agricultural needs.