This year's annual WSSS Symposium is canceled due to concerns around COVID-19. We are following Tufts University guidance in doing so, and we apologize for any inconvenience. Stay Well!
Historically, our relationship with water has defined the structure and location of our cities, given rise to power and conflicts, and turned the resource into a commodity for a myriad of uses. Harnessing the resource for hydropower, quantity control, irrigation, flood management, sanitation, supply, and industrial operations has allowed water wealthy communities to flourish and adapt to natural hazards. Simultaneously, great challenges have plagued communities that are water poor, often preventing even basic needs from being met, concerning clean drinking water supply and adequate means of supporting food production.
The valuation of water is multi-dimensional, and can be perceived through its inherent value, its assigned value per a given use related to human consumption or health, and/or a captured value per a suite of ecosystem services provided by the resource. The manner in which we view water wealth is constantly evolving with new sustainability challenges on a global and local scale. In this year’s Symposium, the value of water for various sectors, policy-makers, investors, water/infrastructure managers, and water users/owners will be explored.
Water Wealth will be discussed within the following sub-topics:
Water security and supply management
Water quality, public health, and environmental justice
Resource use and corporate social responsibility
Resource access and just/sustainable food systems
Resource management and environmental impact investing