100 Resilient Cities / Action Tank Entreprise & Pauvreté / Alberta WaterSMART / City of New Orleans / Danone / HEC / Livelihoods / Veolia

Fully engaging the disenfranchised society in water governance

Tuesday 29 August | 16.00-17.30 | Room: NL 357
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The division between the middle to upper class parts of society and those more disenfranchised and less affluent is becoming increasingly pronounced in developed countries. Communities are becoming further segmented between the “haves” and “have nots”.   This separation gives rise to an imbalance of provision of basic services, puts stress on public assistance programs, and can even lead to civil unrest and political controversy.  However, equitable sharing of resources and wealth resulting from growth is a responsibility of governments, utilities, businesses, and civil society at large.  Historically, water has not been on the forefront of such issues, however more often, it is the at the heart of the crisis.  Reactionary fixes, such as emergency measures, that are not inclusive of all stakeholders, can lead to even more problems, or at best, not the ideal solutions.


16:00 Introduction
Laurent Auguste, Veolia

16:10 Keynote
Christopher Gasson, Global Water Intelligence

16:25 Panel Discussion
Moderator: Bénédicte Faivre-Tavignot, HEC

  • Mike Nemeth, Alberta Water Smart
  • Bernard Giraud, Livelihoods-venture
  • Neil McLeod, eThekwini
  • Christopher Gasson, Global Water Intelligence

17:20 Conclusion
Laurent Auguste, Veolia

17:30 Close of session