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The water scarcity crisis - fact or fiction? Gerald Lacey Lecture, London

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Date
15 May 2017
Time
19:00 - 20:45 BST (GMT+1)
Location
Institution of Civil Engineers
One Great George Street
Westminster
London
, SW1P 3AA
United Kingdom

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Overview

The World Economic Forum considers water crises to be in the top three global risks in terms of impact. Both in the UK and globally, there are ominous predictions about the risk of running out of water and how this threatens economic and social stability.

However, are these predictions based on fact, or merely fiction of a worst case scenario? Does a water scarcity crisis actually exist, or is the real crisis a consequence of our inability to manage water resources effectively?

This annual Gerald Lacey lecture will be given by Professor Ian Barker, Managing Director of Water Policy International Ltd and Vice President Environment at the Institute of Water. Ian will provide a global and domestic view of the current state of water resources and how better governance, investment and management of water resources could substantially reduce the risk of the forecast water scarcity crisis.

Programme

18:00 Registration and welcome refreshments
18:30 Welcome from the Chair, Simon Howarth
18:35 Water scarcity crisis, fact or fiction?
19:20 Questions and Answers
19:40 Summation from the Chair
19:45 Close of lecture