The Global Water Footprint of Humanity is a self-initiated project based on research carried out by the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education and the University of Twente in the Netherlands. It aims to visualize and make tangible the impact of human consumption on the natural water environment through a 900 pages book, a flash animation, maps and models.
The water footprint concept is a practical tool to analyze how much water is used for producing our goods and services, showing how countries can externalize their water footprint in order to reduce the pressure on the domestic water resources, and how other countries can profit from their relative abundance of water by exporting water rich commodities.
The project was awarded Honorable Mention for outstanding work at the INDEX:|AIGA Aspen Design Challenge Designing Water’s Future.
The data have been drawn from: Water footprints of nations (Chapagain, A.K. and Hoekstra, A.Y. 2004), Globalization of water: Sharing the planet’s freshwater resources (Hoekstra, A.Y. and Chapagain, A.K. 2008), www.waterfootprint.org.