IANAS Water program Meeting
Lima, Peru December 1-5, 2013
December 1-5, 2013
The focus of the meeting will be to discuss progress on the book on “Urban Water Challenges for the 21st Century”. The meeting will also focus on actions for 2014 that will include the organization at least of one regional workshop and future interactions with UNESCO and the Network of African Academies.
IANAS will be joining the celebration of the 75thAnniversary of The National Academy of Science of Peru. A very interesting program is planned that includes a meeting with government Ministers and national experts on water, together with a visit to facilities and projects in Peru aimed at sustainable water management.
A major demographic trend of the 21st century is predicted to be rapid growth in the number of mega cities (Cities Transformed: Demographic Change and its Implications in the Developing World, National Research Council, 2003), with more than 50% of the population of Latin America and North America expected to be concentrated in urban areas by 2050. Often this surge of urbanization will occur with little planning and limited infrastructure.
Water is a core resource that serves multiple functions in human society ranging from sanitation, to food production, to energy production, and to direct use by humans for drinking, cooking and sanitation purposes. It is therefore critical to enlarge the policy dialogue focused on the challenges of growing urban water demands and to anticipate and prepare for the looming urban growth. IANAS has the scope to mobilize the scientific community and to reach policy makers in all countries of the Americas through national science academies. IANAS is therefore a powerful vehicle for addressing urban water challenges in all regions of the hemisphere.
The book will address a range of issues. Among the issues to be considered are: What advances have been made in the last decade that will help address major urban water challenges? Are there solutions to major urban water problems that have worked well elsewhere and could be applied in the countries of the Americas? Are there institutional arrangements or modes of social and governmental organization that could be helpful? Are there “soft path” or low cost solutions that might work?