ReNuWit, Re-Inventing the Nation's Urban Water Infrastructure / The World Bank Group

Water Scarce Cities - towards urban water security under scarcity

Wednesday 30 August | 16.00-17.30 | Room: M4

Despite clear evidence of dwindling resources and escalating urban water demand, cities worldwide continue to rely on traditional supply-side solutions based on abundant resources and silo-oriented engineering approaches. The Water Scarce Cities Initiative aims to bolster the adoption of integrated approaches to managing water resources and service delivery in water scarce cities as the basis for water security and climate resilience. This event will convene a panel of practitioners from different areas and backgrounds to discuss their experience with and the challenges they have faced in managing water in resource-stressed urban environments. Much of these efforts have focused on the recovery of urban generated water resources (wastewater, stormwater) to build water security. The panel will bring together experts and representatives from water service providers, academic and global organizations pioneering advanced urban water management approaches and shaping current global thinking on these issues. The event will consist of a short introduction by each panel participant of their experience with water resources management under scarcity in urban contexts and will launch into discussion with our moderator and event attendees.


Promoting innovative and integrated approaches to managing water resources for urban water security

16:00 Welcome and opening remarks: Water scarce cities - a new mindset, many solutions, and still an incredible challenge
Martin Gambrill and Richard Abdulnour (session moderator), The World Bank Group

16:15 Demystifying experiences from around the world

  • Prof. David Sedlak, Co-director of Berkeley Water Center, University of California at Berkeley, representing ReNUWIt
  • Mike Markus, General Manager at Orange County Water Authority 

16:45 Helping our clients – pathways to urban water security, in the MENA region and globally
Opening statements by:

  •  Faraj El Awar, Head of GWOPA Secretariat
  •  Jamal Krayem, General Manager of the North Lebanon Water Establishment, representing the Arab Countries Water Utilities Association (ACWUA)
  • Ben Furmage, Chief Operating and Finance Officer, CRC for Water Sensitive Cities

Q&A with all speakers

17:30 Close of session