Rainwater – Sky’s the limit! Stockholm Water Prize Seminar 2015

Wednesday 26 August | 11.00-12.30 | Room: M4

Celebrating its 25th year, Stockholm Water Prize is the world’s most prominent award for outstanding water achievements.

The Seminar is held in the presence of HM The King and HRH the Crown Princess of Sweden, please be in time.

Water is undoubtedly one of the most precious productive resources on our planet. It is by necessity used on a daily basis by everyone for almost everything. Even if many of us don’t use more than around 100 liters directly, enormous amounts of water is embedded in the goods and services that nourish, maintain and entertain us. Unfortunately, water is also one of the most destructive forces affecting our lives. Of the US$2.5 trillion in economic losses from disasters so far this century – 70% relate to floods and droughts. Billions of people across the globe have been killed or had their livelihoods destroyed by extreme water events. The double dividends of wise water management should be apparent to all.

Irrespective of increasing demand for and variability of water, the limits to our growth is ultimately set by water from the sky, the rain.


Rainwater - Sky’s the limit! 2015 Stockholm Water Prize Seminar

09:00               Welcome by moderator

09:10               Revitalising rain
                         Sri Rajendra Singh, Tarun Bharat Sangh,
                        2015 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate

09:25               Three pockets of water blindness - an eye-opener
                         Prof. Malin Falkenmark, SIWI

09:40               Managing water variability
                         Mr. Jeremy Bird, IWMI
                         2012 SWP Laureate

09:55               Towards water security?
                         Dr. Claudia Sadoff, World Bank/ University of Oxford

10:10               The risks of not getting water right
                         Mr. Dominic Waughray, World Economic Forum

10:25               Coffee Break

10: 40              Panel discussion

  • Sri Rajendra Singh, Tarun Bharat Sangh, 
  • Prof. Malin Falkenmark, SIWI
  • Mr. Jeremy Bird, IWMI, 
  • Dr. Claudia Sadoff, World Bank/ University of Oxford
  • Mr. Dominic Waughray, World Economic Forum

11:40               Questions and Answers

11:55               Summary and wrap-up by moderator


  • Don’t let water go to waste! Water is almost never a disposal problem – we need to manage and store it for the days when it doesn’t rain. The concept is the same, but the practical and institutional solutions will differ between rural and urban areas, cultural backgrounds and hydrologies.
  • We are all in the same boat. Water security is both a cause and an effect of development. Water challenges are local but the effects travel across the globe.
  • The glass is always half-full. Focus on the water we have, not on its absence, and make sure to manage and use it as equitably and efficiently as possible. There is no use in crying over spilt water!
  • Water isn’t just a visible liquid that comes from a tap. Groundwater and green water may be out of sight – but they can’t be out of mind.