Cooperation to Address the Complexities of Water Management

Recent United Nations World Water Development Reports focused on the critical role of cooperation among decision-makers in water resource management at different levels in the public and private economic and social sectors. The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in 2010 commissioned a Think Tank on Water and the Future of Humanity. The Foundation sponsored a book containing the reflections of the eleven well-known personalities in the field of water management who were members of the Think Tank, now released by Springer. The food, water, energy and environment nexus has been the subject of several conferences, notably in Bonn in 2011. Integrated systems analysis is underway of water needs and availability on the planet now and under the Water Futures and Solutions Initiative. Representatives of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Think Tank will describe the justification for and findings of their exercise. Representatives of the Global Water Systems Project will describe the role of cooperation at the water, food, energy, and environment nexus. Partners in the Futures Initiative will present their approach to combining the factors described to identify a set of adaptable, resilient and robust solutions. A facilitated panel will discuss with participants how cooperation can facilitate and enrich the ongoing processes.

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