GTFS: Global Trends and Future Scenarios Index

Finding the Blue Path for a Sustainable Economy


Press release (excerpt)

Unless more sustainable water resource management practices are adopted by companies and individuals, almost half of the global economy – and more than half of the world’s population – will be exposed to severe water scarcity by 2050.

These are the results of an analysis conducted by Veolia and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), an international agricultural research center studying sustainable solutions to ending hunger and poverty.

The key findings of the analysis show that current water management practices will put at risk approximately $63 trillion of the 2050 projected global GDP, and that approximately 4.8 billion people (52 percent of the world population) will live in water-stressed areas by 2050. But if sustainable behaviors and practices are adopted, more than 1 billion people and approximately $17 trillion of GDP could escape exposure to risks and challenges coming from severe water scarcity.