Feeding a thirsty world: Challenges and opportunities for a water and food secure world, provides input into the discussions on water and food security to take place at the 2012 World Water Week in Stockholm. Authored by a dozen experts from SIWI, the Food and Agriculture Organizations of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) the report provides new evidence that shows how continuing current trends in food production could lead to increased shortages and intense competition for scarce water resources in many regions across the world.
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At the recent World Water-Tech North America summit, leading water experts and utility CEOs gathered to discuss global water challenges, strategies for fostering innovation and the principal factors that influence investment decisions. If you do business in the water sector, this is the only report you need to gain first-hand insight into the key drivers and barriers to accelerating adoption of energy optimised and climate resilient infrastructure. Key Take-Aways Include: Extremes are the new normal:...
European water policies and human health — Combining reported environmental information
Society depends on the satisfactory and sustainable management of water. Historically, the primary purpose of water treatment was to protect human health, through reducing disease being transmitted through water. Subsequent measures to address environmental concerns have broadened our expectations of what water and waste water treatment should deliver. This report considers three pieces of EU water legislation targeted at particular sectors: the Bathing Water Directive (BWD; EEC, 1976; EC, 2006a), the Drinking...
What Will be Driving Your Next Sustainability Report?
Sustainability in many automotive supplier companies has grown from a footnote or an appendix in an annual report to a fully developed, comprehensive strategy that drives meaningful business optimization and competitive advantage. The next generation of sustainability initiatives will likely contain increased focus on a vital area – the demands of The Customer. The automotive segment has long been a leader in driving environmental management and standardization, beginning with widespread adoption of ISO...
Investigating the management of unaccounted for water for Lilongwe Water Board, Malawi
Lilongwe Water Board (LWB) is currently unable to meet Lilongwe City's water demand as evidenced by low supply coverage (65%) and intermittent water supply in the city. One of the major challenges is high levels of unaccounted for water (UFW) reported at 37% (2012), higher than the recommended 23% for developing countries. This study, done in Lilongwe City (Areas 15, 18 and 28), investigated water losses and partitioned UFW into real and apparent losses. Data collection involved data logging for pressures and...
Leveraging the capacity of the informal water sector workforce
The global shortage of skilled professionals in the water sector is a major industry challenge, particularly in an era of growing water scarcity and increasing demand for water from agriculture, industry and domestic consumption. As utilities move to improve their performance in water service delivery, to meet the demands of both consumers and sustainable development, a fit for purpose workforce will be critical. The recent United Nations Water World Water Development Report on “Water and Jobs” has...