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为水安全的未来共享数据

  • 日期2014年7月29日
  • 作者世界自然基金会Karin Krchnak

今天,作为一部分白宫的气候数据倡议,联合国支持的负责任投资原则(PRI)倡议发布了“投资者指导文件:农业供应链中的水风险”,以教育和吸引潜在风险公司,解决水资源短缺可能对其供应链造成的影响。有超过1260个签署者,PRI倡议代表超过45万亿美元的管理资产,包括棉花,糖和玉米等水密集型商品。

+$This initiative promotes private sector water stewardship in an effort to combat the effects of climate change on agriculture. Intensified weather patterns compounded by inefficient freshwater management limits agricultural production, impacting the food, beverage and consumer goods companies that depend on it.

+$Agriculture accounts for 70% of global freshwater use–more than twice as much as all other sectors combined. Because of this, global investors are acutely aware of climate-related business losses. In fact, some companies have reported annual losses of hundreds of millions of dollars due to extreme weather events. Pension funds, endowments and other institutional investors who own these companies through public shares stand to suffer financial losses from unanticipated water events.

+$Fortunately, businesses now have the opportunity to lead us into a water secure future. Water stewardship throughout the supply chain translates directly into increased water security, and consequently, food security for all users. This also serves as a source of competitive advantage—and a demand placed on companies from their investors.

+$That’s where data comes in. The PRI created a committee to address water risk in agricultural supply chains. WWF supported the initiative by providing detailed agricultural data to help PRI identify which supply chains face the greatest water risks. WWF’s water data, derived from the水风险过滤器+$Supply Risk Analysis tools+$, comprises the world’s largest database of water stewardship case studies and mitigation recommendations. It is currently used by more than 2,000 companies to map over 50,000 vendor sites in specific supply chains. By merging detailed agricultural crop-geography combinations with robust economic data, we helped the PRI develop a picture of exactly which company supply chains face the highest levels of water risk.

+$WWF supports the PRI in this commitment, but additional work is needed to build a future of water and food security. We also commit to partnering with technology companies to expand, update and better package data that could help a variety of users--beyond the private sector--address water and climate issues. Together, we can share knowledge and shift markets to create a future with water and food for all.

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