The Great Debate
The thirsty 10 billion: Are we managing?
Tuesday, 14th April, 15:30
Austria Center Vienna
EGU-AGU Great Debate on Global Freshwater Use
European Geosciences Union
General Assembly 2015
Convened by: Jonathan Dick, Oksana Tarasova , Efi Foufoula,
Caspar Hewett, Paul Quinn , Mark Wilkinson, Hubert H.G. Savenije
Water security is one of the great challenges facing humanity today
with more than one third of the world’s population living in
water-stressed areas. Difficult questions need to be addressed about
how we manage and consume water - for domestic, industrial and
agricultural purposes. With the United Nations predicting a world
population in excess of 10 billion by 2100 and climate change potentially
further threatening people's access to potable water, are we doing what
is necessary to secure our water resources? There is immense expertise
and knowledge in the science and engineering communities on how to make
best use of the resources we have, from better storage and infrastructure
to drip irrigation, wastewater processing and efficient desalination.
So, what can we do to make sure that people have the water they need?
What legacy do we want future generations to inherit in terms of water
security? What are we doing right and what can we do better to manage
this most essential of all resources?
Chair: Dr Caspar Hewett
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