As the problems concerning access to water increase, so too do the possibilities for solutions.
World Water Week, convened by Swedish International Water Institute (SIWI), is encouraging the private sector to take on a larger role as the forum moves to the modern multi-purpose stadium, Tele2 Arena.
Driven by experiences and perspectives from all over the world, the forum provides an opportunity for groundbreaking ideas and actions, focussed on one of today’s most difficult challenges.
Did you know that, according to the 2030 Water Resources Group, the demand for water is expected to exceed supply by around 40 per cent by 2030? Such a scenario would leave nothing and no one unaffected.
The problem is further highlighted by the current water scarcity that leaves over two billion people living in countries with high water stress.
“Access to fresh water is one of the world’s biggest challenges,”
says Gabriela Suhoschi, director of World Water Week and Prizes at SIWI.
The challenges with water and the effects of the changing climate have been particularly notable over the past few months.
“Scandinavia has had the warmest summer in 260 years, with a lack of substantial rain since May,” Suhoschi notes.
“And, although we are a water-rich region, this has led to a situation that we are not used to or prepared for.”
The consequence, she stresses, is that we must change our relationship with water.
Water, ecosystems and human development
However, there is hope. World Water Week is an annual forum dedicated to gathering experts,
decision-makers and young professionals with the aim of developing solutions for water-related challenges.
This year’s event marks the 28th in a row, and will address water, ecosystems and human development, taking place 26–31 August in Stockholm, Sweden.
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