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Water security, risk and society report

21 June 2012

Co-sponsored by UKCDS, Oxford University hosted the first International Conference on Water Security, Risk and Society on 16-18 April 2012, bringing together over 200 of the world’s leading thinkers and practitioners from relevant science, policy and enterprise communities.

The conference took place at a key moment of wider reflection on uneven progress and future action towards meeting sustainable development and human development goals to create fairer and more open societies and economies. The conference was ambitious in seeking to advance and refine the concept of water security as a framework to:

  • cross the common divides of water resources and water services
  • span the range of scales from local to national, regional and global
  • integrate the perspectives of all actors,from the family, farm and firm to governments and inter-governmental bodies.

The specific aims of the conference were to assess the emerging evidence base about the status of and pathways to water security; debate a risk-based framework as an approach to understand and achieve water security across scales and contexts; and provide the foundation for collective global action by science, policy and enterprise communities to achieving water security.

This report - Water security, risk and society: key issues and research priorities for international development (see below) - identifies three major themes and ten sub-themes:

  • ŠŠDecision-making risks for water security
  • Delivering secure water for health and wealth
  • Transformational responses to water security risks

Enhancing science, policy and enterprise partnerships One Water (water and sanitation services) and sustainable cities Water security governance

You can also view video podcasts for all plenary sessions at the conference and video interviews with participants on the Water Security conference website.

  • Collaboration
  • Landscape analysis
  • Post 2015

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