Around the central theme of “Water and economic developments,” the popular 2-day series of conferences will focus on three main sessions:
- Water, at the heart of economic development
Many economic activities require water, a quasi-element with multiple characteristics: an ingredient to produce living matter (food, green spaces and more), a solvent to clean or dilute (industries, vehicles, urban areas etc.), a material used in energy transfer or storage (cooling, heating, hydro etc.), transportation (sea or inland waterways, recreation etc.) and a stable solid (snow and ice activities et.).
- Solutions to meet water and sanitation needs
The fulfilment of water needs requires a variety of skill sets: access to resources and the ability to preserve or restore them, water transport or transfer, water treatment, quality control etc. New solutions will help make water use and management much more sustainable and intelligent.
- Water: a challenge for economic activities
Most economic activities of any territory are subject to and must adapt to climate: in this period of accelerating climate change, water related risks are changing in severity, frequency as well as in their nature and this creates new challenges for economic activities.