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Cyberseminar on Water and Population Dynamics

Date: September 22, 2015

This cyberseminar focuses on water supplies and population dynamics. Major questions include:

  • What are some of the intervening/mediating/contextual factors linking water supply/access and population dynamics, globally and locally?
  • Where are some current 'hotspots' of water scarcity, and what are the population dynamics in these hotspots?
  • What are some of the current ‘hotspots’ of flooding and drought, and what are the population dynamics in those hotspots?
  • Are supply systems for major cities and agricultural areas in most regions adequate to supply domestic, industrial, and agricultural (DIA) needs?
  • How can water supply and sanitation systems be bolstered, especially in informal settlements of developing country cities, and issues such as the gender dimension of water access be best addressed?
  • What strategies can be deployed for increasing wastewater treatment covering greater proportions of the world’s urban population?
  • How might population distribution change in the future as a result of declines or increases in water availability owing to climate change?
  • What could be the consequences of these changes?
  • What existing/emerging efforts to create governance institutions and strategies for a more sustainable future of water supply may deserve a discussion?

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