UNU-IAS Shares Expertise at World Water Forum

  • 2018•03•27     Brasília

    Photo: UNU-IAS/ Opening remarks by Kensuke Fukushi at side event

    UNU recently contributed expertise on both sustainable water management of cities and evaluation of the water cycle at the World Water Forum held 18 to 23 March in Brasilia, Brazil.

    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 organized 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 (WUI) project.

    The discussion that followed, moderated by Julia Lopes Ferreira, a Brazilian MSc student at UNU-IAS, focused on challenges for assessment of urban water environment and strategies to cope with climate change and rapid urbanization in Asian megacities. Participants from various regions and backgrounds actively shared their views/experiences on the topic.

    The discussion pointed out the significance of science-based solutions in achieving resilient and sustainable urban water management in the region, such as improvement of databases to decrease uncertainty and improve the accuracy of simulations, more effective strategies that combine grey and green infrastructure, etc. The team emphasized that, to implement these strategies, all stakeholders (local communities, scientists and decision makers) should be involved and the particular importance of building a bridge between scientists and policymakers.

    Following the event, to disseminate the project’s research outcomes and policy recommendations, the project, which is finishing this month, distributed its final report Future Outlook of Urban Water Environment in Asian Cities: Summary for Decision Makers, to the audience.