Global Risks Report 2018: the interconnectedness of water-related issues as a “truly systemic challenge”

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has released its 2018 Global Risks Report. This year’s edition is closely focused on key areas such as environmental and cyber risks. The risks that will have the biggest impact in the next 10 years are extreme weather events, natural disasters, failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation, and water crisis. Learn more about how IHE Delft is working towards minimizing these risks.

Following a year in which climate and weather disasters have hit nearly every continent in 2017, it was no surprise to find that almost 90% of the global risks listed in the above average impact and likelihood risks category are water-related. In its 13 year history, the Global Risks Report has shown a significant increase in environmental risks. The interconnectedness of these risks, especially water crisis and involuntary migration, identified in the report as a “truly systemic challenge” are so structural that it places the very system on which societies are based under threat.

Working in partnership

The water crisis has many different solutions and they span policy, technology and behaviour change. What they have in common however, is the goal of creating impact on the ground. Here at IHE Delft, we recognize that, and we do so by developing a strong foundation of knowledge through our education, research and capacity development activities. Working in partnership to create impact on the ground is also the key approach to our DUPC programme, a collaboration between IHE Delft and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

Our water experts tackle issues caused by climate change by supporting governments, cities, private sector organizations, development agencies, and research and education institutes worldwide.

Adapting to climate change

We offer programmes focused on climate change such as the ‘Groundwater and Global Change’ master programme, as well as a short course on Integrated Water Resources Management as a 'Tool for Adaptation to Climate Change’. These courses aim to prepare students from all over the world to make a difference in the water sector in their home countries.

IHE Delft has recently completed leading a five-year project together with 24 leading partners aimed at developing innovative adaptive flood risk management strategies for coastal communities. This programme focusses on extreme hydro-meteorological events combining a transdisciplinary approach that integrates social, environmental and technical research and innovation. Learn more about this project here.

To educate is to develop, and it's IHE Delft’s mission to provide quality education for those who strive to make a difference.

For more information about the Global Risks, you can download the report on the right side of this page.

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