Water resources, even in developed nations like the United States, are being threatened by climate change, drought, population growth, waste and the growing demand for energy, which requires enormous amounts of water.
Initiatives in Other Countries
Participants from science, European institutions, research funding agencies and the private sector called on politicians to force integrated research in the water sector, on researchers for launching joint initiatives and for looking behind the water cycle.
POLIS logo (120p)
The POLIS Project investigated water supply contexts and water conservation programs in California.
Dive into the Dynamic World of Water: Sustainable Water Management Reaching top of Global Business Agenda
Water for Business – cover
The report identifies 16 initiatives or tools, driven by business leaders, civil society and governments, which have emerged since 2006; and includes a glossary of water terms. A matrix characterizes them in terms of the main issue of concern, geographic focus, leading agent and multi-stakeholder approach.
RUNNING DRY:Much of the world is desperately short of fresh water. Are future water wars inevitable?
The dry bed of Australias Murray River
Macleans Magazine – 06 July 2009
From Tofino to Tucson, water experts are reporting similar climatic trends: a longer dry season, less snow, more rain and earlier spring melts.
Istanbul Water Consensus
World Water Council
Two hundred and fifty Local and Regional Authorities from forty-three countries were represented in Istanbul. The Local and Regional Authorities’ political process produced the Istanbul Water Consensus.
Google Labs launched Fusion Tables, a powerful new online research and data organizing tool that makes it much easier to share and navigate the world’s digital science and technical archives.
New book titled “Water System Science and Policy Interfacing” examines the issue of integrating science into policy
cover – Water System Science and Policy Interfacing
This book examines the issue of integrating science into policy, with an emphasis on water system knowledge and related policies. An important feature of the book is the discussion of science-policy interfacing needs.
Companies around the world have been working for decades to manage their own water use and wastewater discharge. Now, as freshwater becomes increasingly scarce, and amid mounting competition between communities, industries, agriculture and ecosystems for finite resources, there is growing awareness that “to manage water globally, you need to know the water situation locally”.
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) officially launched its Global Water Tool during World Water Week in Stockholm on 15 August 2007. It's a free and easy-to-use tool for companies and organizations to map their water use and assess risks relative to their global operations and supply chains.