In the last 20 years the number of floods has gone up by 134% compared to the last two decades of the 20th century. Droughts have become longer and happen more often. An increase of 29%. Why this, relatively, rapid change. The answer is simple and we’ve all heard it before.
The World Meteorological Organization picked 2021 to focus on water. The WMO is a specialized agency of the United Nations dedicated to international cooperation and coordination on the state and behavior of the Earth’s atmosphere. Its interaction with the land and oceans, the weather and climate it produces, and the resulting distribution of water resources.
From all the information they gather it places them in a unique position of an accurate overview of the state of the earth’s climate.
Though one of the issues they face is an unwillingness of some of the stations to send in their information. Unfortunately including Kenya.
Because of this lack of information, only a small percentage of the population at risk receives early warnings of adverse weather conditions.
Only about 3% of total water sector ODA (Official Development Assistance) goes to water resources conservation, encompassing data collection; creation and sharing of water knowledge; conservation and rehabilitation of inland surface waters, ground water and coastal waters; and the prevention of water contamination.