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This report explores some of the thorniest water crises taking place across the developing world. While intensifying water challenges and the threats they pose to security are well documented, relatively few solutions have been presented. In this report, WRI, the Pacific Institute and the Water, Peace and Security Partnership offer potential solution sets to water challenges in key water-insecure hotspots around the world.

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Water-related conflict and political instability are on the rise across the globe. While no single solution will eliminate water insecurity, a wide variety of solutions are available.

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A powerful network of city leaders — convened through Cities4Forests and the Global Commission on Adaptation — are using natural infrastructure to enhance water security and mitigate floods while addressing climate change and promoting social equity. At this event, part of World Water Week #AtHome, municipal leaders representing cities across three continents will demonstrate how implementing nature-based solutions at the city level can simultaneously contribute to cities’ adaptive capacity to climate change and advance social equity goals.

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WRI, the Pacific Institute, and the Water, Peace & Security Partnership will host a webinar exploring solutions to water challenges, which can improve water resources management, drought response, flood prevention and access to safe, reliable and affordable water for all. A new report provides solution-oriented analysis and recommendations that decision-makers need to avert water crises around the world.

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A panel of international experts will discuss the importance of sustainable cotton cultivation to the textile industry’s growth. Focusing on cotton growing communities in India, they will analyze climate change impacts and share actionable approaches to advance water and climate resilience in cotton cultivation, emphasizing challenges and opportunities for women. Part of World Water Week #AtHome.

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This webinar series, jointly organized by Ceres, WBCSD and WRI, will bring together leading food-sector companies, investors and other stakeholders in the food and agriculture sector to explore how companies are managing water-related risks, discuss what investors can do to drive change and highlight new methods and tools available for risk management.

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Aqueduct Floods, a new tool from World Resources Institute that measures water-related flood risks around the world, finds that by 2030, 15 million people and $177 billion in urban property will be impacted annually by coastal flooding, while 132 million people and $535 billion in urban property will be impacted annually due to riverine flooding. WRI also finds that investing in flood protection infrastructure now can significantly decrease the impact of floods later.

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According to new data from WRI's Aqueduct Floods Tool, by 2030 the number of people impacted by floods will double worldwide — from 65 million to 132 million due to riverine flooding and from 7 million to 15 million due to coastal flooding.

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This Technical Note documents a pilot project to better understand public water management by crowdsourcing responses to a standardized question set. Using the results of the pilot and additional stakeholder interviews, the authors have developed an updated question set to assess conditions of public water management for industrial water users.

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The World Resources Institute, Pacific Institute, and UN Global Compact CEO Water Mandate are working with businesses to develop a database on public water management in the US and Mexico. This forum is an invitation for businesses to collaborate, an opportunity to address questions, and a place to learn more about the project.

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