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Igor A. Shiklomanov, SHI (State Hydrological Institute, St. Petersburg), and UNESCO, Paris, 1999; World Resources 2000-2001: People and Ecosystems: the Fraying Web of Life, WRI, Washington DC, 2000; Paul Harrison and Fred Pearce, AAAS Atlas of Population 2001, AAAS, University of California Press, Berkeley.
Uploaded on Saturday 25 Feb 2012
Water withdrawal and consumption
Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Freshwater use is partly based on several socio-economic development factors, including population, physiography, and climatic characteristics. This graphic illustrates freshwater use, in cubic kilometres per year, from 1900 to 2000 for the world's major regions, and projects freshwater use for 2000 to 2025. It also shows how much water was withdrawn and consumed, in cubic kilometres per year, by each continent at the end of the 1990's. Finally, the graphic shows the world's top 20 water consumers per capita, in cubic metres.