New Politics of Water 2011: Water security and economic growth in emerging economies

Posted: 2011-04-08

14-15 June 2011 at Chatham House, London, UK. This conference, supported by Global Water Partnership, will address key issues including the complexities of transboundary water agreements; how industrial policy and economic growth will be shaped in ‘dry’ countries; and which technological innovations can increase water productivity.

Speakers include GWP Patron Margaret Catley-CarlsonGWP Executive Secretary Ania Grobicki; Mike Muller, Member of the GWP Technical Committee and the National Planning Commission, South Africa; Vadim Sokolov, GWP Regional Coordinator in Central Asia and Caucasus; James Leape, Director General, WWF International; and Lars Thunell, Executive Vice President and CEO, IFC. 

Water is a critical global issue and demand will rapidly outstrip supply, especially in fast-growing emerging economies. Water extraction, storage, and use can cause radical change to ecosystems, with wide-ranging impacts.

Recognition has grown among governments, business, international organizations and civil society of the scale and complexity of the water challenge and the shared risks involved. Focusing on the major emerging economies, this conference will address key issues including

  • the complexities of transboundary water agreements: are new foreign policy approaches required?
  • what national plans are for water management in emerging economies
  • how industrial policy and economic growth will be shaped in 'dry' countries
  • what policy innovations can tackle water scarcity
  • which technological innovations can increase water productivity
  • what new partnerships and structures can unlock investment in water.

More information: www.chathamhouse.org.uk/water2011/


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