Water & Wastewater Asia Mar/Apr 2018

h e 2 1 st c e n t u r y i s undergoing a tipping point in the way water s upp l i e s a r e be i ng managed and sustained. Two powerful trends – rising human populations and an increasingly unstable climate – are colliding against a backdrop of outdated water management schemes and insufficient, aging infrastructure. A new World Bank report, Uncharted Waters, examines how these trends are already impacting global economic growth and prosperity, and proposes solutions to help the world avoid a thirsty and uncertain future. The report reveals that rainfall shocks – including dry shocks where rainfall levels are significantly below long-term averages, and wet shocks, where they are significantly above – impacts farms, families, and firms in more numerous and greater ways than was previously known. Droughts affecting farms The report reveals that because of an increasingly unpredictable climate, farms around the world are losing food that could feed up to 81 million people each year. While the WATER & WASTEWATER ASIA March / April 2018 38 / OPINION In Uganda, East Africa, which is in the grip of a drought, a pair of siblings transport collected water The global economy is not exempt from feeling the effects of drought, poorly managed water supplies and climate change. But drought is not something localised – instead, it affects all levels of society. In this opinion piece,Mr GuangzheChen fromtheWorldBankGrouppresents his thoughts on how drought and water – or the lack of it – does not discriminate. By Mr Guangzhe Chen, Senior Director, Water Global Practice, the World Bank Group