Water covers 70% of our planet, but how long will it last? What is the current situation in Europe? James Bevan, head of UK’s Environment Agency, says wasting water must become as wrong “as blowing smoke in the face of a baby or throwing plastic bags into the sea.”
We used to think of water as an infinite natural given resource for humanity. Nowadays it’s changing, because of the rising water scarcity worldwide. As claimed by the US World Resources Institute’s August report, Hungary is the 16ᵗʰ most threatened country on the globe in terms of expected drought frequency. In Hungary, when it comes to the topic of water resources, we usually lull ourselves and say that our country is a “water superpower.” Indeed, Hungary’s total natural renewable water resources are among the highest on the entire continent. On the other hand, however, our own surface water supply from rainfallis lower than in almost any other country.
As one of the panel discussions of the think.BDPST conference will focus on issues connected to global water security, deepen your knowledge about this topic with this article by Cecília Varsányi, head of the Sustainable Development Department of the Knowledge Centre. Our research focuses on the actual water supplies in the European countries.