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UN Warns on Lack of Water in South Asia

By Prensa Latina,

United Nations : The UN Environment Program (UNEP) warned on Friday about the threat of lack of water in South Asia, due to overexploitation, climate change, and little cooperation among those countries.

In a report, the authority said one fourth of the world population lives in South Asia, including some of the poorest nations, and there is only five percent of the water in the world available.

The study, jointly prepared with the Asian Institute for Technology, identified the main threats to development and administration of water, and assessed the challenges to face up to them.

Millions of South Asian people suffer each time more the consequences of water overexploitation, the impact of the climate change and little collaboration among that region’s countries, the document said.

The text also said that situation threatens the water sources that supply half of the 1.5 billion population in that region of the world.

The investigation includes large basins, shared among several nations, that of Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna rivers (Bangladesh), Bhutan, China, India, and Nepal, that of Indus river (Afghanistan, China, India, Nepal, and Pakistan, and that of Helmand river (Afghanistan, Iran, and Pakistan).

The experts are demanding more attention and research about the impact of the climate change in water resources, infrastructure and the administrative practices, as well as in promotion of cooperation among those countries.