World Water Day: How innovative solutions can preserve our most precious resource

Improving water management

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David Smith, senior investment director, abrdn

David Smith, senior investment director, abrdn

Across the globe, two billion people, or one quarter of the world’s population, do not have access to one of life’s essentials – clean, safe and plentiful drinking water. Every year, International Water Day is marked on 22 March to highlight the issue and spur on action.

The problem is acute in Asia, where approximately 30% of the population is facing water scarcity, which can lead to geopolitical tensions around water supply. Much of Asia's water is unevenly distributed. In some regions, there is too much rainfall in one area, but not enough in another. In other regions, the challenge is that too much water falls in one month, and not enough in others. India is home to 18% of the world's people, but they only have access to 4% of the world's water resources. Worryingly, population growth means that India has only 1,000 cubic meters of water per capita, ...

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