Remaining Drops: Freshwater Resources a Global Issue

Published: January 2006
Authors: Nick Cashmore, Peter Gleick, Jason Morrison, James Newcomb, Todd Harrington
Pages: 44

Corporations and institutional investors face new risks and challenges relating to water. Uninterrupted access to reliable, affordable and clean water is now a critical issue for the investment and corporate communities because of the increasingly significant effects that water-resource availability and quality are having on economic growth and activity, paths to development and markets around the world.

In recent years, multinational corporations have had to close major factories or change operations because of scarce water resources, community action, water-quality concerns and disputes over demand for water. At the same time, poor, high-risk investments have been pursued, while key investment opportunities have been overlooked.

REMAINING DROPS Freshwater resources: A global issue outlines key trends in water use and availability, describes new water-related risks and identifies strategies the financial community can take to assess investment opportunities and dangers and to reduce the risks they face. Understanding these issues is vital if investors, companies and policymakers are to successfully address the growing business, social and environmental risks posed by water problems.

REMAINING DROPS Freshwater resources: A global issue” was co-written by Peter Gleick and Jason Morrison of the Pacific Institute, and James Newcomb and Todd Harrington of Bio-Era for CLSA U.

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Originally released: January 2006