Webinar | The Business of Global Water Security: Linking Knowledge to Practice


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Webinar: The Business of Global Water Security: Linking Knowledge to Practice

IAHR working group on Global Water Security webinar
The Business of Global Water Security: Linking Knowledge to Practice

Thursday 10 September 2020

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We are honored to have some of the world's top scholars and researchers in the webinar:

Prof. Joseph Lee

[Short Bio]

Dr. Mark Fletcher

[Short Bio]

Prof. Roger Falconer

[Short Bio]

Prof. Jaap Kwadijk

[Short Bio]

Prof. Arthur Mynett

[Short Bio]

Prof. Jianyun Zhang

[Short Bio]

Mr. Tomás Sancho

[Short Bio]


Global Water Security remains one of the biggest challenges facing humanity, alongside Climate Change and Pandemic Management. Only 0.01% of the world’s water is readily available for water supply; many of the world’s rivers are more polluted than ever; only 63% of the world’s population have access to safe sanitation; 70% of the world’s freshwater is devoted to agriculture; etc. Fit-For-Purpose water directly reduces business risk and underpins success. On a global scale, water is a critical shared resource that authorities must understand to enable economic growth, social health and environmental sustainability. For example, commodities for developed nations, such as cotton clothes, are regularly produced in less developed nations where the irrigation water discharged into the river basin is often highly polluted with toxic substances. Thus, the impact of one nation’s demand for commodities etc. can have a significant impact on the water security (or quality) of another nation. Water, therefore, needs to be considered in a global context.

Water and sediment transport are the main vectors of a wide range of water quality indicators including, for example: faecal indicator organisms, nutrients, arsenic, endocrine disruptors, antibiotics, emerging pollutants and, more recently, Covid-19. In addressing the challenges of Global Water Security one of the first key steps is to understand, measure and model the hydrodynamic, sediment and constituent transport processes in catchments, rivers, estuaries and coastal waters, and the interactions between these various processes. Once these interactive processes are understood and modelled then the opportunities for the hydro-environmental practitioners are to design and build solutions to maintain sufficient high quality water for water supply and return water used for agricultural, domestic and industrial purposes back into the aquatic system to a high quality standard.

This is the first of a series of webinars being planned by the IAHR Global Water Security Working Group, with this inaugural webinar focusing on the high level business challenges and opportunities of Global Water Security, linking the knowledge of the hydro-environmental fraternity of IAHR with the practitioners faced with the challenges of addressing Global Water Security. Further webinars will focus more on the science and engineering of Global Water Security. Future webinar tentative titles include:

  • Global Water Security: hydro-science and engineering R&D opportunities for IAHR

  • Global Water Security: smart cities – innovative technology for water conservation

  • Global Water Security: coastal protection – against extreme events (storm surges, new design etc.)

  • Global Water Security: for developing countries – links with renewable energy and genomics

A recording of the Webinar will be played on the same page if you miss the live-streaming.

 Time in different zones

The IAHR Global Water Security Inaugural Webinar will be held on Thursday 10th September 2020 at:

  • 08:00-11:00 (USA Eastern Daylight Time)

  • 12:00-15:00 (UTC)

  • 14:00-17:00 (Central European Summer Time)

  • 20:00-23:00 (China Standard Time)

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This webinar is sponsored by China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research (IWHR), China's top national research institute on water resources and hydropower under the direct administration of China's Ministry of Water Resources. IWHR also hosts IAHR's Global Secretariat Beijing.

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