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Water: Commodity or human right?

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Water is essential to health, agriculture and industry, economic and social development. In 2010 the UN declared a human right to water. However, increasing consumption, urbanisation and population growth challenge its availability and distribution. Climate change results in more floods and draughts, and the OECD estimates that half the world’s population will live in water scarce areas by 2030. How can we ensure access to water for everyone, while also encouraging people to value it as a finite resource? How could a market for water be regulated responsibly with regard to pricing, competition and the environment, while keeping it attractive for firms and investors? How can we foster innovation and ensure that promising tools are made available on a global scale?

This event will bring together experts from science, policy and industry to discuss strategies for the sustainable management of our most vital resource.

This event is kindly sponsored by AquamatiX

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