The 2021 Bratislava Conference on Earth System Governance (7–9 September 2021) brings together the largest social science research network in the area of governance and global environmental change.
On 7 September at 14:30 – 16:00 (CEST), the UNU Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES) and the UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) will co-convene an Innovative Session the innovative session “Knowledge Faces Practice: Societal Challenges and Barriers to Overcome to Enhance Water Reuse Adaptation in a Circular Economy”.
The event will explore pathways to strengthen public-private partnerships in promoting the circular economy. In the session, the interlinkages between industry, water utilities, and the agro-industry will be identified, and innovative strategies on how to incorporate them into smart water management principles will be investigated as a road to the transition of society into a more circular economy for optimal water use.
The session will also be a step to address the ‘Anthropocene gap’ by pointing to the inability of current governance structures to contend with emerging trends in water reuse.
The discussion will bring a dynamic perspective to comparative problems and patterns of wastewater management and highlight the importance of the co-construction of a system with well-designed PPP frameworks.
Dr Serena Caucci will deliver a keynote speech on the “Policy and Institutional Aspects of Water Reuse Management”.