Sustainable Water Seminar
Water constitutes the event horizon of sustainable development. It is the basis of all life and the foundation of the economy, yet it remains an exploited and under-valued resource. It is time to accept that the future will be water-poor. Assumptions have to change; strategies have to be adapted.
Water is one of the world’s most precious resources. It is the basis of all life and the foundation of the economy, yet it remains an exploited and under-valued resource. It is time to accept that the future will be water-poor. Businesses that tackle water conservation and replenishment are key to providing solutions and will have the opportunity to take leadership positions in the industry.
Globally, the average cost water has increased 48 percent since 2010. Perhaps the most pressing challenge is the steady decline of universal access to potable water. It is estimated that every $1 invested in water and sanitation yields a $4 return. Companies that support and invest in preservation and reuse technologies will rapidly assume a commanding position. Salient growth areas include irrigation, metering and water reuse technologies.
African countries are among the most exposed to water poverty and therefore have the most to gain from investing in the business of water.
Session 1: Facing up to the reality of a water-poor world
- How the drought has changed the economy: preparing for a radically different future
- Beyond crisis management: long-term sustainable water use strategies for drought-stricken cities
- Hard scientific facts versus wishful thinking: How clean is our water really? (Anthony Turton)
Panel discussion question: Is urban life as we know it sustainable?
Session 2: Cleaning up our act
- Clean water and hygiene for Africa: a critical health issue and a massive socio-economic development opportunity in and of itself.
- A question of priorities: water conservation must be prioritized over commercial interests that pollute water for financial gain.
- Improving municipal management and governance to address water pollution: solutions and opportunities.