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Challenges of Water Scarcity: A Business Case for Financial Institutions

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Type: Working Paper
Author: Emtairah, Tareq; Echavarria, Marta; Hamann, Ralph
Date: 2005
Agency: United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI); Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), Sweden
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/5158
Sector: Water Resource & Irrigation
Region: Africa
South America
Subject(s): scarcity
water management
business and finance
institutional analysis
economic behavior
Abstract: "This report, based on a review of close to 20 cases of projects and investments mainly in Africa and Latin America, and supplemented with interviews with practitioners from both development and commercial financial institutions, concludes that there is a business case for improving risk management tools, which can specifically be related to the risks borne by water scarcity. While each organization must relate to water in its own capacity, the business case for the financial sector comes from acknowledging the potential risks associated with water scarcity and seeking possible opportunities for mitigating these risks."

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