Stockholm International Water Institute / Arup

2018 WWW Debate: Ecosystems vs. human development

Sunday 26 August | 14.00-15.30 | Room: FH 307

Following on the huge success in 2017 SIWI together with Arup are proud to present the 2018 WWW Debate – Ecosystems vs. human development – an event you don’t want to miss!

Again we bring together enthusiastic future leaders and recognized senior experts to explore and debate this years’ World Water Week theme – Water, ecosystems and human development. The panellists will, from their different standpoints, discuss the critical role of water in the functions of ecosystems and the impact it has on our societies. Core issues such as nature-based solutions, systems perspectives, freshwater availability, sustainable development, climate resilience, governance and valuing of ecosystems will be addressed.

Ecosystem conservation vs human development is an age-old conflict. In this healthy debate the panellists together with the participants will highlight ways in which this conflict can be resolved by realising how the two objectives can complement one another.

With the motion: “This house believes that ecosystem conservation is fundamentally at odds with human development”, the conversation will be opened with the ambition to create a disruptive, constructive and critical debate. Join us when the green fighters meet the peoples’ people in this creative debate moderated by Mr. Mark Fletcher, Global Water Leader, 

Gold standard events are committed to ensure the gender balance in speakers/panellists and young professional representation in the session.


14.00 Welcome address
Ms. Alexa Bruce, Arup and Ms. Cajsa Larsson, SIWI

14.05 Debate: Is ecosystem conservation fundamentally at odds with human development?
Moderator: Mr. Mark Fletcher, Global Water Leader, Arup

  • Mr. Fred Boltz, CEO, Resolute Development Solutions and Ambassador, The Resilience Shift
  • Ms. Amanda Janoo, Alternative Economic Policy Advisor
  • Mr. Sunil Abeyasekera, Young Professionals for Agricultural Development
  • Ms. Belynda Petrie, CEO, OneWorld
  • Mr. Diego Rodriguez, Senior Water Resources Management Specialist, the World Bank
  • Ms. Marina Demaria Venancio, IUCN Commission on Environmental Law

14.45 Debate opened to the floor

15.20 Take home thoughts from the panel

15:25 Voting

15:30 End of session