Potential Shared Water Disputes - Causal Factors Mapped

17 Oct 2018 by OOSKAnews Info

Scientists of the European Union’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) have used a new machine-learning approach to investigate pre-conditions and factors that are likely to lead to water management issues in shared water bodies.In a recent report that focuses on mapping the factors that lead to either cooperation or tension over transboundary water resources, the study links freshwater availability, climate stress and human pressure (urban growth and migration) on water resources and socio-economic conditions. The team also set up a system to monitor changes over regions and time.The report confirms that scarcity of water, high population density, power imbalances and climatic stressors are the main factors that push countries towards either political cooperation or tensions in transboundary river basins...

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