There's a growing awareness around the physical, regulatory, and reputational water risks to companies and their investors. 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 can utilize it to leverage financial interest to improve water management; and governments can use the data to engage with the private sector to seek solutions for more equitable and sustainable water governance.

Executive Summary

This working paper provides data sources, methodology, and maps for Aqueduct’s Water Risk Atlas of 12 global indicators grouped into three categories of risk and overall risk. Aqueduct’s Water Risk Atlas of global maps includes indicators of water quantity, water variability, water quality, public awareness of water issues, access to water, and ecosystem vulnerability.