UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources


Blog post: Water resources - a slippery issue

15 January 2013

Water tap (c) SXC

UCL ISR research associate, Paul Drummond, writes about some of the challenges facing the UN as it embarks  on its 'International Year on Water Cooperation':

"This Christmas saw widespread flooding across the UK, bringing to a close a year which the Met Office describes as the ‘second wettest’ since records began – despite a prolonged drought in South-East England over the summer.

Although these events appear extreme in the UK, all over the world the extreme lack, and equally the extreme over-abundance of water is causing untold suffering and strife – from prolonged drought in West Africa to widespread floods in Pakistan.

In response to this global issue, the UN has designated 2013 as the ‘International Year on Water Co-Operation’. The aim is to raise global awareness of the challenges faced in water management, along with the potential for co-operation to overcome these challenges.  At first glance, ambition seems lacking – no revolutionary changes are promised. However, when the issues present are considered, there is ambition enough.

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