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New Tool: Blue Peace Index



The Blue Peace Index 2019 has been developed by The Economist Intelligence Unit with support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

The Blue Peace Index is a unique mechanism for comprehensively assessing what countries and basins are doing to manage water sustainably and equitably. Aimed at policy makers, practitioners, international organisations and private sector investors, the Index provides a global platform for understanding what can be done to improve the use of transboundary water as a tool to promote peace.

A collaborative effort between the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and the Swiss Agency for Development, the Blue Peace Index serves as an objective, quantifiable tool to assess country/basin performance, highlights best practices and areas for improvement in individual countries and basins, provides a framework for making policy recommendations that can help shape change and measures progress over time by highlighting geographies that have made significant progress or those that are in need of action.

This tool examines the critical threats to the world’s freshwater supplies as a result of global transboundary cooperation and finds that transboundary river basins – which supply the world with half of its freshwater flows – are run by ineffective water management bodies.

With over 50% of the world’s population expected to be living in water-scarce regions by the year 2050, the EIU’s Blue Peace Index studies the challenges and the potential for conflict that water basin regions face. Several regions, such as the Tigris-Euphrates River Basin, are at particular risk of escalating conflicts over scarce water resources.

Thus this index can serve as a tool to promote PEACE!

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