The UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) recently contributed expertise on the sustainable water management of cities and evaluation of the water cycle at the World Water Forum, which was held in Brasília on 18–23 March.
At the Japan – China – Korea Trilateral Forum on Water Resources on 19 March and at the Thematic Session on Implementation of Inclusive Policies with the Participation of All Stakeholders on 20 March, UNU Senior Vice-Rector Taikan Oki gave a presentation on the Evaluation Method of the Water Cycle Soundness, being developed by the new UNU Water Cycle Evaluation project. Prof. Oki explained that the evaluation method should reflect detailed information of the area including artificial water infrastructure, and pointed out the importance of providing realistic risk information.
On 22 March, UNU-IAS organised the side event, “Towards resilient and sustainable urban water management for fast-growing megacities”. The session began with opening remarks by Kensuke Fukushi and a presentation on “A science-based outlook and solutions in achieving resilient and sustainable urban water management” from the UNU-IAS Water and Urban Initiative project.
The discussion that followed, moderated by Julia Lopes Ferreira, a Brazilian MSc student at UNU-IAS, focused on the challenges for assessment of urban water environment and strategies to cope with climate change and rapid urbanisation in Asian megacities. Participants from various regions and backgrounds actively shared their views and experiences on the topic.
Following the event, to disseminate the project’s research outcomes and policy recommendations, UNU-IAS distributed its report, Future Outlook of Urban Water Environment in Asian Cities: Summary for Decision Makers.
For more information, see the news story on the UNU-IAS website.