Rural-Urban Collaboration for Water, Food and Energy Security

Concerns about water are growing. Pressures on water availability and quality come from multiple directions: agriculture is the single largest consumer of water worldwide and rapidly growing urban populations require safe, clean drinking water and adequate sanitation, as well as more food. Expected impacts of climate change on water resources increase the urgency of finding new ways to balance urban and rural needs in a sustainable way that also ensures the continued health of our vital freshwater systems.

 

The Nexus Dialogue on Water Infrastructure Solutions is examining how engineered and nature-based water infrastructure and technology are currently being used and can be made more functional and sustainable to secure water, food production and energy generation while balancing economic, environmental and social issues. In this session, urban and rural stakeholders will share stories of collaboration that highlight the possibilities to bridge divides across agriculture, ecosystems, energy, industry and cities so best management and infrastructure principles are applied for a water secure future.

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