25.09.2019

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With this year’s focus on water supply, the WorldRiskReport highlights a key issue in the context of disasters. As every year, it contains the WorldRiskIndex that provides an analysis of disaster risks worldwide.

This year’s WorldRiskReport focusing on water supply was published by Bündnis Entwicklung Hilft and the Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV) of the Ruhr University Bochum (RUB), Germany, mid-September 2019. It states that with record-breaking temperatures around the world and increasing droughts, climate change can already be seen as exacerbating water supply problems and thus increasing the vulnerability of societies.

The authors point out that the challenges and the associated short-term and long-term need for action remain urgent and great: from water shortages and climate change to the sanitation crisis and the privatisation of water. They provide an overview on the current water situation across the world and provide recommendations for action.

An essential part of the report is the annual WorldRiskIndex calculated by the IFHV. It indicates the respective risk of an extreme natural event leading to a disaster for 180 countries. With this data, the report examines eight more countries than in the previous year. 

The WorldRiskIndex considers a country’s exposure to extreme natural events as well as its societal vulnerability.

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