COP27 Puts Focus on the half of the world population that will live under water stress by 2025 – World


  • COP27 Presidency launches Action for Water Adaptation and Resilience key initiative to ensure water security in the face of climate change

  • The day’s program draws attention to existing and emerging water security challenges

Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, November 15, 2022 – The World Health Organization has stated that by 2025, half of the world’s population will live in water-stressed areas and that water-related problems are intrinsically linked to climate change. COP27 Water Day provided a forum to address this issue with a focus on the sustainable management of water resources.
The day began with the inauguration of the AWARe initiative, in partnership with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The initiative will encourage political efforts, practical action, knowledge sharing and on-the-ground capacity development to place adaptive water management systems at the heart of the climate change adaptation agenda, establishing a pan-African hub for water.

Success stories from Africa highlighting how water systems have been successfully adapted in the face of severe climate change were presented. These included smart irrigation, flood protection and rainfall collection. Participants discussed how best to build on these achievements and adapt their short-term resilience to cope with worsening climatic conditions. Among the points of discussion were public-private partnerships, sustainable financing and increased community engagement.

COP27 President, HE Sameh Shoukry, said: “With water use increasing every year and 70% of the world’s fresh water used for agriculture, according to the World Bank, pressures of climate change are increasingly felt. Climate change is already limiting people’s access to water around the world, as droughts, floods and wildfires linked to warming temperatures are impacting supplies. Monitoring and management of river basin ecosystems is becoming increasingly vital and initiatives like AWARe will enable transformational collaboration across the continent.

Throughout the day, sessions highlighted the way forward in climate change adaptation and resilient agriculture. These included:

  • Decoupling freshwater use and water security exploring the potential of frameworks and technology to enable resilience building to foster water security

  • Adaptation at the river basin scale and its co-benefits and risk of maladaptation examined mobilizing global effort to improve water management, increasing collaborative efforts in adaptation to water and the challenges of poor adaptation

  • Floods and droughts have focused on the need to have people protected by early warning systems to save lives and livelihoods.

  • Water Mitigation looked at the best way to preserve water resources in the face of climate pressures and ensure access to drinking water.

The focus on water at COP27 brought together diverse voices from policymakers, scientists, researchers, civil society and government, who shared ideas and success stories related to addressing water scarcity issues. ‘water.


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