Malin Falkenmark Seminar: Managing Centres of Booming Water Expectations in Basins and Regions of Change

Stockholm Environment Institute; Stockholm International Water Institute and Stockholm Resilience Centre

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In dry climate regions under development, economically driven water demands are making urban areas into booming demand bubbles in resource constrained river basins, subject to ongoing climate change. Since meeting such water requirements is a precondition for economic development, long lead times and limited hydrologically defined basin water potentials, the water supply arrangements need preparedness and advance planning by coordination with other catchment activities to ensure mutual water security.  Since the water resource has to meet also other basic, and often expanding water uses in the basin, such as for food and renewable energy, these water requirements represent considerable challenges. Resilience building will be crucial to secure both long term health, food, manufacturing, and energy security, and the economic development in such demand bubbles. This means a water resilience, supported by governance and management regimes that ensure favourable partitioning of rainfall over the basin into green and blue water flows through the land use mosaic with its booming urban centres.


Chair: Dr. Line Gordon, SRC

14:00  Opening of Seminar
           Mr. Torgny Holmgren, SIWI

14:05  Centres of Booming Water Expectations – a Global Outlook.
           Prof. Malin Falkenmark, SIWI and SRC

14:20  The Resilience Lens Applied on Booming Water Futures.
           Dr. Johan Rockström, SRC

14:40  Energy and Economic Growth – Can Future Demand for Energy be Met in a Sustainable Manner?
            Mr. Per Klevnäs, SEI

15:00  Case 1: Rural and Urban Water Conflicts – Kathmandu and Melamchi River.
           Dr. Dipak Gyawali, Nepal Water Conservation Foundation


15:20  Coffee Break


15:45  Case 2: Increased Energy Demand for Serving Water in Chinese Cities: Qingdao Case.
           Dr. Lijin Zhong, WRI

16:05  Case 3: Sustainable Urban Water and Energy Solutions in Africa.
           Dr. Akissa Bahri, African Water Facility

16:20  Panel Discussion.
           Moderator: Dr. Johan Kuylenstierna, SEI

  •     Mr. Per Klevnäs, SEI
  •     Dr. Dipak Gyawali, Nepal Water Conservation Foundation
  •     Dr. Lijin Zhong, WRI
  •     Dr. Akissa Bahri, African Water Facility
  •     Dr. Johan Rockström, SRC

17:20  Summary. Dr. Mats Eriksson, SIWI

17:30  End of Seminar


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Sunday 14:00-17:30
Room K21
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