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World Water Week 2018

26 August, 2018 - 31 August, 2018

World Water Week is the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues. It is organized by SIWI. In 2018, World Water Week will address the theme “Water, ecosystems and human development”. In 2017, over 3,300 individuals and around 380 convening organizations from 135 countries participated in the Week.

Experts, practitioners, decision-makers, business innovators and young professionals from a range of sectors and countries come to Stockholm to network, exchange ideas, foster new thinking and develop solutions to the most pressing water-related challenges of today. SIWI believes water is key to our future prosperity, and that together, we can achieve a water wise world.

This year China Water Risk is convening a seminar titled “Asia Water-nomics: More GDP with Less Water & Pollution”. Key topics include:

  • Does Asia have enough water for its people and future development?
  • Will climate change exacerbate current water constraints across Asia’s 10 river basins?
  • What is China doing in balancing water and development? What can we learn from the Yangtze River Economic Belt (>42% of national GDP)?
  • At the city level, what can we improve in water management? Are sponge cities the future urban ecosystem?
  • What implications are there for sectors e.g. electronics?

Asia Water-nomics: More GDP with Less Water & Pollution

Date: 29th August 2018
Time: 14:00 – 15:30
Location: City Conference Centre, NL 357


Water is essential for human and economic development. But as the Asian Development Bank says, “(Asia’s) finite water resources will be under enormous pressure—especially with increasing climate variability”. Particularly pressing is climate change impacts on the 10 rivers from the Third Pole, which feed 16 countries. With rising urbanisation, balancing trade-offs between development and water resources is key. How will this impact policies and businesses?

China is already seeking to embed water with economic planning. In turn, industries face transitional and often disruptive risks from tighter regulations to water allocation quotas. It’s time to address these risks and drive business unusual.


  • 14:00-14:05 Welcome remarks by China Water Risk
  • 14:05-14:15 Water-nomics to ensure Asia’s future prospects by Feng Hu, Water-nomics, China Water Risk (CWR)
  • 14:15-14:25 Managing water & climate risks in the rural areas, Luna Bharati, Principal Researcher-Hydrology and Water Resources, International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
  • 14:25-14:35, TBC, Ben Furmage, Chief Operating and Finance Officer of the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC)
  • 14:35-14:45 Micro-level water-nomics: evaluating sectoral water risks, Yuanchao Xu, Regulatory & Climate, CWR
  • 14:45-15:25 Panel discussion and audience Q&A, moderated by Feng Hu, CWR
  • 15:25-15:30 Closing remarks

For more on the event see here.

See the full programme of World Water Week 2018 here.



26 August, 2018
31 August, 2018
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