How to forecast water-related disasters in order to act?

In this Planetary Security Initiative Conference session moderated by Henk Ovink, we will discuss what the water scarcity challenges are and how we can solve and even prevent them by early warning tools. Governments, private - as well as public organizations, NGO's and community representatives are invited to join the session and participate because; our future asks for sustainable water and subsurface solutions and it is time to act now.

From Analysis to Action at the Planetary Security Initiative Conference 2017 in Marriott Hotel, The Hague

Deltares session 13 December 2017: How to forecast water-related disaster in order to act?

Outline of the session:

10:00 – 11:15 Henk Ovink special envoy for international water affairs Moderator of both sessions and introducing the speakers and the presentations
Carola van Rijnsoever director Inclusive Green Growth, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Jane Madgwick chief executive officer at Wetlands International
Karen Meijer senior researcher water governance at Deltares
David Reed senior policy advisor at WWF
Hammou Laamrani senior expert at League of Arab States
11:45 Р12:45 Henk Ovink Opening of an inspiring and interactive discussion with the speakers panel and the participants
12:45 – 12:55 Wrap up and determine the call-to-action(s)
13:00 Closure

Disruptive societal impacts such as conflicts and migration may be fuelled by water and climate related processes when these lead to food insecurity and reduced economic growth. As a result of climate change, water availability will become increasingly scarce in certain regions, particularly in the MENA region. Combined with a high, and increasing, demand for freshwater, this can lead to water shortage crises. This can, in turn, lead to food insecurity and reduced economic growth. In countries or regions where there is social unrest already, this can fuel conflict and both local and international migration. Countries or regions with poor governmental institutions are most vulnerable to this. Trustworthy early warning tooling could be the solution to secure people and the environment.

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