The Drivers and Impact of Water Scarcity in the Middle East
The region faces severe water scarcity driven largely by climate change, displacement, demographics, and poses an urgent challenge for socioeconomic development. The panelists will present the latest estimates, discuss the drivers and impacts of water scarcity in the region, and present avenues for finding solutions to this multi-disciplinary problem.
Chuck Chaitovitz, Vice President, Environmental Affairs and Sustainability, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Jennifer Mack, Deputy Assistant to the Administrator and Global Water Coordinator
10:30am to 11:20am
Water Technology and Innovation
The scale of the water resources challenges in the Middle East requires innovative solutions and technology adoption. The panel will discuss technological advancements, innovation in the water sector, and challenges to implementation. With current urbanization trends, the panel will also discuss smart cities and adaptable solutions to water for urban centers in the region.
Improving water access and service quality and implementing innovative water technologies requires massive investment in infrastructure. Participants will discuss public-private partnerships (PPPs), procurement policy, and projects that can contribute to economic growth and development.
Water challenges are heavily tied to other sector such as energy generation and food production. The panel will discuss regional opportunities at the nexus of water, energy, agriculture, and the environment.
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