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WWF identifies 100 cities, including 30 in India, facing ‘severe water risk’ by 2050

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    10Pointer
  • Categories
    Environment
  • Published
    21st Dec, 2020

Context

  • A hundred cities worldwide, including 30 in India, face the risk of ‘severe water scarcity’ by 2050, according to a recent report by World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

What are the key findings of the report?

  • The cities would face a ‘grave water risk’ by 2050.
  • It will be due to a dramatic increase in their population percentage.
  • The other major cities include global hubs such as Beijing, Jakarta, Johannesburg, Istanbul, Hong Kong, Mecca and Rio de Janeiro.
  • Thirty Indian cities are also included in the list.
  • More than half of the identified cities are from China and India.                                         

30 Indian cities that will face a ‘grave water risk’ by 2050 according to WWF

1. Jaipur

11.Kolkata

21.Jalandhar

2.Indore

12.Ahmedabad

22.Pune

3.Thane

13.Jabalpur

23.Dhanbad

4.Vadodara

14.Mumbai

24.Bhopal

5.Srinagar

15.Lucknow

25.Gwalior

6.Rajkot

16.Hubli-Dharwad

26.Surat

7.Kota

17.Nagpur

27.Delhi

8.Nashik

18.Chandigarh

28.Aligarh

9.Visakhapatnam

19.Amritsar

29.Kozhikode

10.Bengaluru

20.Ludhiana

30.Kannur

What can be done to reverse the situation?

  • Cities needed to invest more in nature-based solutions and enhance the health of river basins, watersheds and wetlands to build resilience to water risks.
  • A public funding pool needed to be createdin collaboration with the private sector to invest, reduce risk and generate returns and fuel sustainable economic growth.
  • Cities also needed to support greater global efforts to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions to avoid reaching these scenarios.

World Wildlife Fund

  • World Wildlife Fund was conceived in April, 1961, and set up shop in September, 1961, at IUCN's headquarters in Morges, Switzerland.
  • WWF is a non-profit organization and works in nearly 100 countries. It carries out joint projects with governments and private entities trust. 
  • WWF works to help local communities conserve the natural resources they depend upon; transform markets and policies toward sustainability; and protect and restore species and their habitats.