Water, Peace and Security Partnership in the New York Times

The New York Times published a news item by Reuters on the Water, Peace and Security Partnership on the New York Times website. Find below a snippet and a link to the full article.

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Artificial intelligence can predict where conflicts over scarce water will break out up to a year in advance and allow action to prevent them, researchers said on Friday.

An early warning tool that tracks water supplies worldwide and mixes in social, economic and demographic data to flag up potential crises is being developed by the Netherlands-based Water, Peace and Security partnership (WPS).

During tests, the system predicted more than three quarters of water-related conflicts in Mali's Inner Niger Delta, said WPS, which plans to launch it globally later this year.

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About Water, Peace and Security

The Water, Peace and Security Partnership aims to identify developing water-related security risks by designing innovative tools and services that are able to show short term water shortage changes and impacts, and link them to social, poilitical, economic, and hydrological factors. This allows for human insceurity to be prevented or mitigated by addressing risks through ecidence-based actions. 

The partnership is a collaboration among an expanding group of organisations. Current partners include: IHE Delft (lead), World Resources Institute, Deltares, The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies, Wetlands International, International Alert, Oregon State University and Pacific Institute. This partnership is supported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

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