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In focus: The geopolitics of water

April 21, 2022

Without water there is no life. Due to climate change, water is increasingly becoming a precious and contested commodity.

Symbolbild | Wasseroberfläche
Image: Zoonar/picture alliance

Whether it's a dispute over dams, polluted water from the extraction of raw materials or from industry and agriculture - the lack of water and the handling of this vital resource is increasingly in the spotlight in the age of the climate crisis.

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San Jose, Costa Rica
Image: Linda Vierecke/DW

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 A man in a long robe stands in a gently rolling field in Syria full of withered olive trees
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Agriculture suffers from drought in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq
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Pastor turning rain into drinking water


Two women carry drinking water on their heads in India
Image: picture-alliance/NurPhoto/R- Shukla

Tackling the growing threat of water conflict 


A man stands in the shadows underneath a tree and types into his mobile phone in India
Image: Manish Mehta/DW

India's water wizards quench thirst of parched communities


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