How Do We Value Our Water? Not Enough!
Our water is a vital contributor to human health and peace; food security; environment and ecosystems; interaction with our planetary system; the central role that water plays in our economies from agriculture to energy production, through manufacturing to tourism.
This notification was updated 23 September
Tune in 2PM UK time Wednesday 30 September here at OOSKAnews for a special live-streamed “aquaNOW Audience”, with the theme “Valuing Water, from Source to Sea”.
aquaNOW Audiences are interactive panel discussions engaging international water experts and Scottish expertise in global water-related challenges and solutions.
Introducing your 30 September aquaNOW Audience panelists:
Wendy Kenyon is Assistant Secretary of North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization - an organisation, established by an inter-governmental Convention, with an objective to conserve and manage wild Atlantic salmon. Previously she has worked in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre, providing research, analysis and advice to Members of the Scottish Parliament. Wendy was the first manager of Scotland’s Centre of Expertise for Waters and had a key role in setting up the Hydro Nation Scholars Programme. She has held a variety of other roles including in the Scottish Government, lecturing and had a short career as an academic.
Stuart Orr, Leader of WWF’s Freshwater Practice, drives the freshwater strategy of the world’s largest independent conservation organisation. A global authority on water stewardship, Stuart has spent the past decade devising and testing innovative approaches to freshwater conservation at WWF by engaging business and finance, with focus on emerging themes such as the water-food-energy nexus, economic incentives and water-related risk. He has written numerous scientific papers and mainstream publications on issues ranging from corporate water governance to fish protein in the Mekong. Stuart has also sat on various advisory panels and boards, including the World Economic Forum’s Water Security Council and the IFC’s Infrastructure & Natural Resources Advisory Steering Committee. Stuart holds an MSc in Environment and Development from the School of International Development at the University of East Anglia.
David Adams McGilp is a Regional Director for VisitScotland, the National Tourism Agency. He covers much of the West Coast of Scotland, and is responsible for strategic partnership management with Scottish Government, Scottish and UK Parliaments, local authorities, enterprise networks, destination organisations, industry bodies, the public and news media. He has additional national and international responsibility for marine and coastal tourism development, and has worked with the European Commission on marine spatial planning and the Atlantic Strategy; with the Nordic nations on the Arctic Circle Assembly; and with the Scottish Government on partnership policy for tourism development, including skills and training.
Dr David Molden is the Director General of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), an organisation dedicated to mountains and people of the Hindu Kush Himalayan region spread across Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan. ICIMOD works in fields relating to sustainable mountain development including climate change and water resources management. He is on the Board of Directors of the International Water Resource Association (IWRA) and was Deputy Director General at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). He has contributed to the publication of over 250 pieces, and received many awards including the Outstanding Scientist Award of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) in 2009.
Craig McDougall is a Scotland, Hydro Nation Scholar studying the relationship between access and exposure to blue space including water bodies, lakes, coasts, rivers, canals, and human health. Craig is completing his PhD at the University of Stirling and is a member of the Environmental Sustainability and Human Health research group. His research uses Scotland as a case study to understand the importance of access and exposure to freshwater for promoting health and well-being. Craig holds a B.Sc Hons in Environmental Management and was employed as an air emissions analyst prior to his PhD.
aquaNOW Audiences are produced by OOSKAnews in collaboration with the government of Scotland, the Hydro Nation.
Videos of previous aquaNOW Audiences can be found HERE.
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 maximise 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.