SWWW 2018 Session // Pollution-Driven Water Scarcity for Ecosystems and Human Uses Worldwide
To meet the SDGs, we need to understand regional hotspots of water scarcity, both in terms of water quantity and quality. This session focuses on the modelling of causes, impacts and solutions to reduce the gap between the supply and demand of clean water to ecosystem functioning and societal needs.
This session is part of the Stockholm World Water Week 2018.
Presentations and discussions will focus on the identification of water quality hotspots posing risks to human uses and ecosystems with results from models which are policy-relevant. In addition, we will discuss model assessments of solutions options to improve water quality and focus on trade-offs and synergies between various SDGs in terms of water quality issues.
A growing worldwide population strongly increases the demands for clean water of various sectors (agriculture, domestic, industry). However, both the availability and the quality of water resources will be affected by socio-economic developments, climate change and increasing extremes (e.g. droughts and floods). Increasing intensification of agriculture, industrialisation and urbanisation and will contribute to water quality deterioration, particularly in developing countries. This will increase pollution-driven water scarcity for ecosystems and various sectors (van Vliet et al, nature geoscience, 2017), challenging sustainable management of clean accessible water for all, one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Where and when
26 Aug 2018