This book highlights what are likely to be the future megatrends in the water sector and why and how they should be incorporated to improve water management and governance in the coming decades.
Megatrends are complex aggregation of medium to long-term trends which could help water professionals to better understand and appreciate the complexities and uncertainties associated with water management and governance so that timely and cost- effective actions can be taken. The demands on water sources, both in terms of quantity and quality, have changed steadily in the past as demographic patterns alter, urbanization takes place, populations gets wealthier and their aspirations and expectations for the future improve steadily. Choosing in greater numbers to live in dense urban settings is shaping the probable future of water. Historically, focus has been to address the supply side of water. As supply alternatives are becoming exhausted and increasingly more expensive, demand management by economic instruments, technological means, installing conservation and environmental values and behavioural and attitudinal changes must become as important as managing supplies, if not more.
In this first ever book on megatrends for the water sector, 23 leading world experts from different disciplines representing academia, business, government, as well as national and international organizations discuss what the major megatrends of the future are and how they will radically change water management and governance in the coming decades.
Editors: Asit K. Biswas, Cecilia Tortajada, Philippe Rohner
Remarks: Light refreshments will be served after the event