Managing drought and water scarcity: do key principles transcend basins, regions and nations?

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Managing drought and water scarcity: do key principles transcend basins, regions and nations?

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Date: Wednesday, 14 September
Time: 10:30 – 15:00

Over 1.7 billion people are currently living in river basins where water use exceeds recharge. Demand for water will increase as populations grow and incomes rise.  In many areas, this will be compounded by acute drought and climate change impacts, further increasing the numbers of people impacted by water scarcity.  Consequently, building resilience to scarcity and drought need to be seen as an integral component of water security planning for economic growth.  This will require innovative allocation, demand management and reuse policies, complementing the traditional approach of building additional or more reliable, water supply infrastructure. This workshop will focus on determining which of the solutions to water scarcity adopted by Australia may be adaptable for use in south and south-east Asia.

Key issues for discussion will include water scarcity planning, growing and diversifying water supplies, reforming the efficiency of water allocation, improving the benefits of water use, seeking multi-benefit stakeholder solutions and improving scarcity related hydro-meteorological data and forecasting.

 

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