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• Planting drought-tolerant crops

• Markers for water use

• On-farm water storage

• Cover crops • Increasing soil quality

• Conservation tillage

• Dryland farming

Forecasting Tools

In November 2019 The World Research Institute launched the Aqueduct Food initiative. Aqueduct’s aim is to help decision makers map and proactively manage water‐related risks to food production. Aqueduct Food combines global data on water risks and agriculture to illustrate water‐related threats to and opportunities for food security, and how these dynamics may develop over time. WRI’s Aqueduct water risk maps are cross‐referenced with data from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) showing spatially explicit global crop area along with data on food production, demand, trade, prices, and hunger for every country in the world. By providing users with a better understanding of how population growth and climate change will affect global food systems, Aqueduct Food aims to enable proactive management of water related risks to food security.

Aqueduct’s Water Risk Atlas Tool: Map and analyze current and future water risks across locations. Link for Water Calculator Tool.

Aqueduct’s Flood Risk Atlas Tool: Coming Soon!

Water Peace & Security Forecasting App

Water insecurity is increasing worldwide. A third of the world’s people now live in countries that experience high levels of water stress, with droughts affecting around 50 million people and causing more than $5 billion in damage annually. These numbers are expected to rise as population growth, rapid urbanisation, increasing climate change and growing economic demands for water intensify existing pressures. In most cases these threats are not merely a consequence of changes in weather but also manifest issues around inadequate water management and governance. These multiple interacting factors render vulnerable communities more susceptible to short-term water scarcity and longer-term droughts, while directly affecting local economies and social relations.

In response to these threats, the Water, Peace and Security (WPS) partnership was founded in 2018 to pioneer the development of innovative tools and services that help identify and address water-related security risks. These tools and services can link hydrological, social, economic and political factors to pinpoint changes in short-term water availability and provisionally assess their potential impacts on society. Based on this information, evidence-based actions can be triggered to prevent or mitigate human security risks. WPS can also facilitate this process by raising awareness, developing capacities and supporting dialogue that together underpin effective coordinated action.

WPS Water Stress Forecasting Tool

Case Studies

Innovation and Diffusion of Sustainable Agricultural Water Resource Management in a Changing Climate: A Case Study in Northeast Thailand.


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