With water increasingly becoming a globally scarce good, the scale and complexity of the water challenges faced particularly—but not only—by the world’s poorest regions, are now being recognized. Also acknowledged is the urgent need to overcome water challenges for a stable and equitable world.
WAT’s cross-cutting Water Futures and Solutions Initiative seeks to define the challenges across different economic sectors, including agriculture, energy, and industry and to identify and test potential solutions. The Program particularly aims to incorporate water science into assessment and planning studies at the nexus of water, food, energy, and environmental security.
Complementing water research, WAT also considers i) global environmental challenges affecting food and agriculture, in particular, sustainable land management; ii) improved use of soil and land resources; and iii) enhanced global agro-ecological zone assessments through the development of high resolution indicators for agro-ecological suitability, area harvested, and yield and productivity at various levels.
Last edited: 02 April 2015
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