TOP 10 GLOBAL WATER HOTSPOTS
Turkey – Completing dams on the Tigris and Euphrates will deprive both Syria and Iraq of their primary sources of water.
India – A long-standing disagreement over the Indus River, which flows from Kashmir into Pakistan, continues to be a point of contention. Meanwhile, India and Bangladesh continue to battle over the depleted and badly polluted River Ganges.
Israel – A dispute over the Jordan-Yarmuk system between Israel, Syria and Jordan has been simmering since the 1950s.
Laos – Erecting a dam on the Mekong River will affect the water supply to Cambodia and Vietnam.
Tajikistan – A plan to dam a tributary of the Amu Darya river has prompted Uzbekistan to impose tariffs and travel restrictions on its neighbour.
China – Conflict is growing over the Brahmputra River, which originates in Tibet and feeds into India and Bangladesh.
Ethiopia – Ethiopia’s plan to dam the Blue Nile will stifle the flow of water to Egypt and Sudan.
Senegal – The west African nation has been battling since 1989 with neighbour Mauritania over grazing rights on the Senegal River.
The Aral Sea – Once the world’s fourth-largest inland lake, it’s now 10% of its original size due to diversion projects. Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan still rely on it for water.
Mexico – Ongoing disputes continue between Mexico and the seven U.S. states that are fed by the Colorado River. The river is so depleted that it no longer reaches the sea.