Why Virtual Water?

The virtual water concept allows us to understand the amount of water that is needed to produce the things we use in everyday life. With growing human populations followed by increasing demands of water, water overuse is at the expense of one of our most essential natural resource and also the environment. The significance of the concept have increased in recent years due to the lack of good water resource management, leading to water scarcity in multiple countries.

With the increased pressure of global and regional water scarcity, the concept of virtual water can help the balance of global water in a sustainable and cost effective way and may urge policy-makers to re-think water scarcity as a challenge beyond regional level in addition to consider the issue of water scarcity and food security within broader political, environmental, social and economic forces.