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Your task is to find out about fresh water around the world. Use the Lotus Diagram below to help compare different countries around the world and the availability of fresh water in these places.

To complete this Lotus Diagram you need to find out eight pieces of information for each of the countries in the table. You can write your information in the eight boxes surrounding each of the countries names.

For each country you may want to look at the following:

  1. What is the overall climate of the country
  2. What is the average rainfall in the country?
  3. What is the projected average rainfall for the country in 2050?
  4. Are there any major water concerns for the country (flood, drought, pollution)?
  5. What are the main water conservation/management strategies for the country (dams, pipelines, wells, desalination plants, etc.)?
  6. Do any of the major industries within the country rely on a water supply? 
  7. What percentage of the country has access to clean drinking water?
  8. Are there any major health issues that are caused by unsanitary water supplies within the country?

Fill in the Lotus Diagram below:

           
  AUSTRALIA    GREENLAND    NORWAY
 
      AUSTRALIA  GREENLAND  NORWAY
 

MALAYSIA 

   MALAYSIA  World Water  IRELAND    IRELAND  
       KENYA  INDIA  FRANCE      
                 
 

 KENYA

    INDIA       FRANCE  
                 

Using the information in your Lotus Diagram, decide on the level of water stress that you think each country will experience both now, and in the year 2050.

Levels of freshwater stress may be ranked as follows:

NO STRESS

LOW STRESS

MID STRESS

HIGH STRESS

VERY HIGH STRESS

 

COUNTRY  WATER STRESS NOW  WATER STRESS 2050
Greenland    
Ireland     
Norway     
France     
India    
Kenya     
Malaysia     
Australia