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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

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Most Water-Stressed Countries In The World For 2019

Worryingly, as of 2019, seventeen countries in total are facing “Extremely High” water stress, according to a new report by the World Resources Institute (WRI) that ranks countries and regions on their exposure to water stress, flood, and drought risk.

These seventeen nations are home to nearly one-quarter of the world’s population (around 1.7 billion people), with India housing the lion’s share (approximately 1.37 billion). Like the International Solar Alliance, a coalition to harness solar energy, India should lead the effort to create an alliance between these 17 countries to solve the global water crisis. India’s population of 1.3 billion is particularly vulnerable to water shortages.

Meanwhile, Twelve out of the top seventeen most water-stressed countries listed were located in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. This region could experience the biggest economic losses from climate-related water scarcity, between 6 percent and 14 percent of GDP by 2050. The report also noted that more than 1 billion people currently live in water-scarce regions, and as many as 3.5 billion could experience water scarcity by 2025.

The most water-stressed countries are—in order of their ranking— Qatar, Israel, Lebanon, Iran, Jordan, Libya, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Eritrea, UAE, San Marino, Bahrain, India, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Oman, and Botswana.

RankCountryBaseline water stress
1QatarExtremely-high
2LebanonExtremely-high
3IsraelExtremely-high
4IranExtremely-high
5JordanExtremely-high
6LibyaExtremely-high
7KuwaitExtremely-high
8Saudi ArabiaExtremely-high
9EritreaExtremely-high
10United Arab EmiratesExtremely-high
11San MarinoExtremely-high
12BahrainExtremely-high
13IndiaExtremely-high
14PakistanExtremely-high
15OmanExtremely-high
16TurkmenistanExtremely-high
17BotswanaExtremely-high
18ChileHigh
19YemenHigh
20CyprusHigh
21AndorraHigh
22BelgiumHigh
23MoroccoHigh
24MexicoHigh
25UzbekistanHigh
26GreeceHigh
27AfghanistanHigh
28SpainHigh
29AlgeriaHigh
30TunisiaHigh
31SyriaHigh
32TurkeyHigh
33AlbaniaHigh
34ArmeniaHigh
35Burkina FasoHigh
36DjiboutiHigh
37NamibiaHigh
38KyrgyzstanHigh
39NigerHigh
40NepalHigh
41PortugalHigh
42IraqHigh
43EgyptHigh
44ItalyHigh
45ThailandMedium-high
46AzerbaijanMedium-high
47SudanMedium-high
48South AfricaMedium-high
49LuxembourgMedium-high
50AustraliaMedium-high
51TajikistanMedium-high
52MacedoniaMedium-high
53South KoreaMedium-high
54BulgariaMedium-high
55MongoliaMedium-high
56ChinaMedium-high
57GuatemalaMedium-high
58EstoniaMedium-high
59FranceMedium-high
60KazakhstanMedium-high
61MauritaniaMedium-high
62GermanyMedium-high
63LesothoMedium-high
64DenmarkMedium-high
65IndonesiaMedium-high
66PeruMedium-high
67VenezuelaMedium-high
68CubaMedium-high
69North KoreaLow-medium
70United StatesLow-medium
71RomaniaLow-medium
72ZimbabweLow-medium
73Dominican RepublicLow-medium
74HaitiLow-medium
75El SalvadorLow-medium
76JapanLow-medium
77Sri LankaLow-medium
78AngolaLow-medium
79TanzaniaLow-medium
80NetherlandsLow-medium
81LithuaniaLow-medium
82EcuadorLow-medium
83PhilippinesLow-medium
84South SudanLow-medium
85UkraineLow-medium
86PolandLow-medium
87SenegalLow-medium
88ChadLow-medium
89United KingdomLow-medium
90NigeriaLow-medium
91GeorgiaLow-medium
92ArgentinaLow-medium
93Czech RepublicLow-medium
94RussiaLow-medium
95BoliviaLow-medium
96EthiopiaLow-medium
97Bosnia and HerzegovinaLow-medium
98SwazilandLow-medium
99MoldovaLow-medium
100SomaliaLow-medium
101RwandaLow
102LiechtensteinLow
103Guinea-BissauLow
104MozambiqueLow
105VietnamLow
106KenyaLow
107Costa RicaLow
108CanadaLow
109SerbiaLow
110ZambiaLow
111SwitzerlandLow
112BrazilLow
113HungaryLow
114GhanaLow
115BelarusLow
116MadagascarLow
117SloveniaLow
118ColombiaLow
119MyanmarLow
120BelizeLow
121MontenegroLow
122MalawiLow
123MaliLow
124FinlandLow
125SlovakiaLow
126IrelandLow
127SwedenLow
128BangladeshLow
129BurundiLow
130CambodiaLow
131LatviaLow
132MalaysiaLow
133AustriaLow
134HondurasLow
135UgandaLow
136PanamaLow
137NicaraguaLow
138GuineaLow
139CroatiaLow
140BeninLow
141Papua New GuineaLow
142New ZealandLow
143CameroonLow
144Côte d'IvoireLow
145Democratic Republic of the CongoLow
146GambiaLow
147LaosLow
148Central African RepublicLow
149ParaguayLow
150Sierra LeoneLow

The 17 most water-stressed countries in the world for 2019


Note: Data were not available for Norway, Uruguay, Togo, Gabon, Suriname, Liberia, Jamaica, Bhutan, Guyana, Brunei, Timor-Leste, Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, and Iceland. Water stress is just one dimension of water security; management is another.

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