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There is a clear correlation between access to safe water and GDP per capita
Civilization has historically flourished around rivers and major waterways;
In places such as North Africa and the Middle East, where water is more scarce, access to clean drinking water was and is a major factor in human development.
2006 United Nations report stated that "there is enough water for everyone", but that access to it is hampered by mismanagement and corruption.
Access to safe drinking water has improved steadily and substantially over the last decades in almost every part of the world
in the next 20 years, the quantity of water available to everyone is predicted to decrease by 30 percent.
Can someone help clarify this riddle? Because something is not adding up for me.
1. It is fairly well known (but underreported) that more water will benefit countries stricken by violence and poverty.
2. We have enough water and much of it is entirely free
3. Not everyone gets water.
What am I missing?
The Arab-Israeli dispute is a conflict about land - and maybe just as crucially the water which flows through that land. The Six-Day War in 1967 arguably had its origins in a water dispute - moves to divert the River Jordan, Israel's main source of drinking water. Years of skirmishes and sabre rattling culminated in all-out war, with Israel quadrupling the territory it controlled and gaining complete control of double the resources of fresh water. A country needs water to survive and develop.
The melting of glaciers resulting from climate change and the lack of adequate water management policies seem to be the main causes behind the water shortages that are fuelling conflicts in Peru. This warning is being sounded from a variety of sectors. Nearly 50 percent of the 218 social conflicts recorded by the national ombudsman's office as of February 2009 were triggered by socio-environmental problems, many of them related to water management issues