IMPREX partner presents research findings at a press conference in Prague
On Tuesday 10 October, IMPREX partner Ertug Ercin presented his findings on Czech economy’s vulnerability to changes in global rainfall and drought at a press conference at the United Nations Information Centre in Prague, Czech Republic.
Read below an English summary of a joint Press Release by the Environmental and Development Organisations Care, Center for Transport and Energy, Development Cooperation Forum, Glopolis, Greenpeace, DUHA Movement, Climate Coalition and Veronica.
The Czech Republic is almost one third indirectly dependent on foreign water resources. This results from an international study by the Dutch Water Footprint Network (WFN) in cooperation with the European Commission. The lack of water on the other side of the planet can affect the prices of food and other commodities in the Czech Republic.
In total, the Czech economy draws 29% of its water resources from abroad, mostly in the form of water consumed in the production of imported products (especially textiles) . However, because of climate change, most of these resources are at risk of drought.
This applies, for example, to soy beans imported to the Czech Republic as feed for cattle. Due to climate change, there is a risk of rising meat and dairy prices (including a further increase in butter prices). The risks also concern other products imported from countries with high vulnerability to climate change, such as rice, coffee or cotton.
These findings were announced by a leading expert on water problems and their solutions, Ertug Ercin from the Dutch Water Footprint Network, at a press conference in Prague on Tuesday, 10 October. Dr Ercin was speaking at the conference at the invitation of the Czech development and environmental organisations belonging to the Czech Climate Coalition and the Czech Development Cooperation Forum.
At the same press conference, the organisations presented a new joint publication (“Když klima není prima”) describing what the Czech Republic needs to do not only to prepare itself for climate change but also to help developing countries that will be hit even harder than Europe by the effects of climate change.
 “Dependencies of European Economy to water resources outside its borders”, authored by Ercin, Chico and Chapagain, as part of the IMPREX project, which is funded under the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.
Read here Dr Ertug Ercin’s interview on the topic with the widely read Czech business paper E15 - Economist Daily (in Czech).
Download the IMPREX technical report 'Dependencies of Europe’s economy on other parts of the world in terms of water resources'.
Download the non-technical Executive summary of the report: EU’s vulnerability to water scarcity and drought.