Water experts are searching solutions for global water crisis

In Lisbon more than 5000 leading water experts and industry professionals from 97 countries
are together at the International Water Association (IWA)’s World Water Congress & Exhibition in Lisbonto identify and define new solutions to tackle the global water crisis.

Delegates will also review the latest scientific findings and share knowledge on leading edge
water technologies, and propose effective regulatory systems to manage water and sanitation
in a period of unprecedented water challenges. These include growing competition for water
resources from industry, agriculture, nature and cities; all of which are impacted by climate
change, population growth, changing consumption patterns and rapid urbanization.

Global risk
Ger Bergkamp, Executive Director of the International Water Association, said, “The lack of water security is a top global risk. A risk of high impact and high likelihood. It will negatively affect human health, environmental sustainability, global supply chains, regional stability and economic performance.

“The challenge for the water sector and water professionals is to turn this risk into an
opportunity to deliver a sustainable water future for all. How we meet the needs and
expectations of billions of global citizens by improving water availability and safety, will be
central to the IWA World Water Congress and Exhibition.”