This OOSKAnews Article was updated 20 May
Our world will have an estimated 2 billion new urban residents by 2050, so how do we make our cities more resilient in a water context? We need cities that can absorb, recover and prepare for future stresses and hazards while promoting sustainable development, well-being and inclusive growth, deploying environmental, governmental, economical and societal tools at our disposal.
Tune in 2PM UK time Wednesday 27 May here at OOSKAnews for a special live-streamed “aquaNOW Audience”, with the theme "Water and Resilient Cities".
Among other subjects, an excellent panel (linked here, and see below) will engage with:
- The relationship between freshwater ecosystems and human-hydrologic systems
- Global exemplars of smart, resilient cities
- Protection of cities from water-related stresses and hazards (anticipation and mitigation)
- Differences between the urban “north” and urban “south”
- Unconventional water sources
- Urban water-transportation systems
- The “sponge cities” approach
- Community-centred decision-making and application
- Political will, education and “buy-in”
The link to the videocast will become live on the front page of OOSKAnews at 1.45 PM UK time. Video footage of the live event will subsequently be uploaded for viewing after the live broadcast, for those who can't tune in on the day.
aquaNOW Audiences are interactive panel discussions engaging international water experts and Scottish expertise in global water-related challenges and solutions.
Background to previous aquaNOW Audiences can be found HERE.
Introducing your 27 May aquaNOW Audience panelists:
Mark Fletcher leads the Global Water Business in Arup. He was made an Arup Fellow in 2017. He was also made an Honorary Fellow of the Society for the Environment in June 2018 and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2019. He works with The Resilience Shift on the City Water Resilience Approach. He is Faculty Leader for the Arup University - MIT Sloan Business School Masters course “Resilience of Urban Systems”. He received an Honorary Doctorate from Bradford University for his work on sustainable water management. He is Chairman of the Water Industry Forum and on the Leadership Council of the UK Water Partnership.
Fred Boltz heads Resolute Development Solutions, a consulting firm specialized in the design and execution of conservation and sustainable development programs. His current projects focus on water, climate change and the resilience of human systems. This work is featured in a Special Issue of Water Security “Building Resilience through Water”. Fred has over 30 years of sustainable development experience, including 9 years in Africa, Asia and Latin America. He formerly served as a Managing Director at The Rockefeller Foundation, where he led the environment program. He earlier served in Conservation International’s leadership team as head of conservation strategy and practice.
Peter Robinson is the Head of Engineering for Scottish Canals, with over 20 years’ experience of flood risk, water management and infrastructure design. Previously, Peter worked as a Director for Water at AECOM where he created the concept of the North Glasgow Integrated Water Management System (Glasgow’s Smart Canal), led the team designing the Jazan Economic City Port and Infrastructure major project and contributed to CIRIA’s Water Sensitive Urban Design UK Guidelines and worked on a variety of flooding projects across Scotland, the UK and Middle East.
Cecilia Tortajada is Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Water Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. The main focus of her work is water, food and environmental security, as well as poverty alleviation. Author and editor of more than 40 books by major international publishers. Her work has been translated into Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, French, German, Japanese and Spanish languages. Advisor to major international institutions like UNFAO, UNDP, JICA, ADB, OECD, IDRC and GIZ, and has worked in countries in Africa, Asia, North and South America and Europe on water and natural resources and environment-related policies. Member of the OECD Initiative in Water Governance. Past President of the International Water Resources Association; Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Water Resources Development; Associate Editor of Water International; member of the Editorial Boards and Editor of book series of Routledge, Springer-Nature and Oxford University Press.
Robert Sakic Trogrlic is a Climate and Resilience Officer with Practical Action, an international development NGO, and a former Hydro Nation Scholar of Scottish Government. He works on the interface of science, policy and practice in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, with a special focus on developing people-centred approaches focused on the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable communities in Global South. Robert also serves a Vice President of Water Youth Network, an international organisation connecting youth in water sector.
aquaNOW Audiences are produced by OOSKAnews in collaboration with the government of Scotland, the Hydro Nation.
Scotland's Hydro Nation vision builds on recognition that water is of central importance to the economy of Scotland, both as a sector in its own right and as a critical resource in Scotland’s manufacturing, agriculture, food and drink, tourism and energy sectors. The aim of the Hydro Nation is to maximize the value of these resources in every sense, whether that be the contribution they make to the economy, or in how the quality of the country’s water environment contributes to citizens’ overall wellbeing and sense of national identity. This approach to water, and climate change is understood to be unique to Scotland.