Water security and sustainable growth
New evidence shows how water insecurity acts as a drag on the global economy. The global status of water security is presented by quantifying water-related risks, opportunities and trajectories through time. Pathways towards water security are evaluated for rivers, aquifers and cities, by learning from the past to improve future actions.
The global water security challenge
Water security is a defining global development challenge. Achieving and maintaining water security requires balancing often competing goals in an increasingly complex landscape of demographic, climatic, environmental, political, economic and social change. This high-level panel will discuss how global policy translates into national and sub-national planning and practice that will shape how to achieve and maintain water security for the poor.
Water security: state of knowledge - Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Kenya
How do water security risks impact on different dimensions of poverty in Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Kenya? Policy gaps and information deficits are explored in case studies with regional implications for Africa and South Asia. The session explores how global water security is linked to sub-national contexts, and what is required to shape future collaborative activities between science, policy and practice.
Water security: state of practice - global innovation
This session focuses on success stories of novel practices to tackle water security from around the world. The session features novel investment, infrastructure, institutional models, instruments and technologies to frame a wider debate on the opportunities and obstacles for wider uptake and impacts for the poor.
Engendering water security
Although all people need water for productive and domestic uses, men and women, boys and girls of different wealth, education, or ethnic groups are differently affected by water insecurity, and often have different priorities for water use and management. Interventions to reduce risk need to understand the issues faced by each group. This session will illustrate how this plays out in focal countries, as well as how the interests of women and girls, in particular, can be promoted and sustained with more inclusive and sustained impacts for the poor.
Monitoring water security
How can water security monitoring inform effective action for the new Sustainable Development Goals for drinking water, wastewater and water resources? This session will explore the gaps and quality concerns in existing monitoring systems and how much it will cost to address the gaps. This will inform the critical issue of how data can be policy-relevant to ensure delivering sustainable results.
Sharing groundwater prosperity
Groundwater is a key driver for economic prosperity and poverty reduction if the resource is managed sustainably. Effectively and fairly managing competing resource demands from productive and domestic users requires improved institutions and infrastructure. This session examines evidence of new approaches to unlock the potential of groundwater to reduce poverty and to sustain growth.
Bridge the gap: urgent infrastructure, idle capital
By 2030 the world will need to invest around US$ 90 trillion in sustainable infrastructure assets, more than twice the current stock of global public capital. Most of these investments will be in the developing world excluding China. This session examines the financing gap for water infrastructure and institutions, and explores how the gap might be bridged by mobilising untapped pools of capital.
Political accountability and water security risks
Where political accountability is absent or fails the poor are often most at risk. Gendered-violence after coastal flooding, child marginalisation in accessing safe water, or unfair allocation of water for irrigation are examples where the poor can be hit hardest. This session explores how to understand and improve political accountability in Fragile States.
Future climate for Africa
The political economy of long-lived decision making in Africa is influenced by the quality and scope of climate predictions. This session explores how improved climate predictions across a range of time-scales can improve climate risk management to benefit the poor.
Water security risks and big data
Recent advances in data analytics are converting big data into targeted risk metrics. Successful examples from the health and transport sectors of fusing multiple data streams into applied risk metrics are illustrated to outline the possibilities for water security risk metrics. The session draws on experience from major global companies who are applying these novel techniques to improve lives by reducing risk.
The invisible poor
Refugees, slum-dwellers, nomads and children often elude poverty evaluations to become the ‘invisible poor’. The lack of reliable data on these groups increases the difficulty in achieving water security and poverty reduction. This session draws on rich and diverse experience of these critical but often over-looked ‘invisible poor’ to chart more inclusive future interventions.
Health-related water: gaps, conjectures and wild cards
The relationship between water and health has been a focus of research for many years with a wealth of evidence available on the role of water in the transmission of disease, both in terms of quality and quantity. This session will explore the important unknowns that remain in understanding the relationship between water insecurity and health, and the interlinking roles for medical, behavioural, technical and institutional expertise in changing this relationship.
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