Awareness around the physical, regulatory, and reputational water risks to companies and their investors is on the rise and robust, comparable, and comprehensive data is needed to help assess these water-related risks. In response to this demand, WRI developed the Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas, including 12 global indicators and maps of water-related risk. Companies can use this information to prioritize actions, investors to leverage financial interest to improve water management, and governments to engage with the private sector to seek solutions for more equitable and sustainable water governance.
Aqueduct Global Maps 2.0 includes indicators of water quantity, water variability, water quality, public awareness of water issues, access to water, and ecosystem vulnerability. The data used for the study were developed in consultation with experts and are publicly available. The details of the data, sources, and methodology are provided in the Aqueduct Global Maps 2.0 metadata document.