Water management

Where we will solve this challenge

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How to manage water in a thirsty and flooded city at the same time?

Mexico City

Mexico City faces great water manageme challenges. On the one hand at CDMX we will soon run out of water... and yet many waste it without thinking about it. On the other hand every time it rains we run the risk of being flooded. What can we do in the face of this battle for and against water?

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How can we enhance the resilience of Berlin to increasingly frequent water-extreme events?


How can open data and crowd-sourced information enhance the resilience of Berlin and the cities of tomorrow to increasingly frequent water-extreme events (flash floods and droughts) via improved real-time warning and long-term forecasting?

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« Slow Destination » in the Morges region


What offers and tourism projects could develop the Slow Destination positioning of the Morges region ?

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How do we make water management more sustainable?

Cities face increasing water challenges due to climate change. Water utilities, such as drinking water infrastructure, wastewater and drainage can be damaged by storms, sea level rise, and unsustainable policies. Climate change also causes water shortage, affecting over 150 million people globally.

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The World Economic Forum Global Risk Report identified failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation and the water crises – droughts and floods – as the risks with the largest expected global impact over the coming decades (WEF, 2016). Flood events are occurring more frequently causing major damage in urban areas. The frequency and intensity of rain events will increase in the future. Besides flood risk, water shortage is an increasing concern. A recent global study shows that 1 in 4 cities already is water stressed, and climate change and urbanisation will increase the risk for water shortage in peri-urban river basins (McDonald et al., 2014). Water is essential for life. These challenges ask for a systemic approach and a transition in urban planning and urban water management.

Water plays an important role for the liveability of cities. We have to rethink the way we deal with water in our cities to create green, resilient and circular cities, so called Water Smart Cities, where collaboration between businesses, public authorities, researchers and citizens plays a unique part to ensure rapid transition. Many cities deal with increasing risks for water shortage, floods and heat waves

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