London, October 12 (MTI) – The world has at most a few decades to prevent a global water crisis, President János Áder said at the Financial Times Water Summit in London on Wednesday.
Citing estimates from the World Bank and the World Water Council, Áder said that the world has no more than 20 years to prevent a global water crisis. This task will require an annual 600 billion dollars of investments, he added.
Áder also cited a recent study compiled by a Dutch university according to which two thirds of the world’s population, or some four billion people, have to go at least a month without access to water each year. The study also said that 1.8 billion people live in areas that suffer from water scarcity half the year and 500 million people inhabit areas where water consumption is double the natural water supply.