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PROGRAM

Urban Water Management in Response to Demographic Pressures


Rapid urbanization is one of the main challenges in the face of water supply as 70% of the world population is expected to live in cities by 2050. Population growth is more prevalent in urban areas, as better education, employment and health facilities are available. Currently, more than 80 countries, corresponding to 40% of the global population, suffer from severe water shortages. Primary challenges concerning water resources are the depletion and degradation stemming from population growth and anthropogenic activities.

The rise in water demand induced by migration is inevitably putting more stress on scarce water resources. The situation is further exacerbated as investment requirements both for maintenance of the existing infrastructures and wastewater management increase. Thus, cities are continuously being challenged to develop practical integrated urban water management paradigms to fulfill the expectations as current management models are not always sufficient in terms of cost effectiveness, technical performance, social equity, and environmental sustainability.

Not only is water scarcity a critical factor in driving migration, migration itself can impact how water is used and managed. Migration induced changes need to be integrated into the planning processes for sustainable water management.

The aim of this session is to discuss the existing issues in urban water management and present a roadmap for efficient water management solutions in urban areas affected by mass migration.

Thursday, 11 May 2017 14:00 - 15:45 Anadolu Hall


Moderator:
Hasan Z. SARIKAYA Former Undersecretary, Former Ministry of Environment and Forestry of the Republic of Turkey

Panelists:
Bert DIPHOORN Advisor, Urban WaterS Hub & Former Vice Chair, UN Water
Mutasem EL-FADEL Professor of Environmental Engineering, American University of Beirut
Blanca JIMENEZ-CISNEROS Director, Division of Water Sciences, UNESCO
Olimpia NEGRU Secretary of State of the Ministry of Water and Forestry of Romanian Government
İzzet ÖZTÜRK Professor of Environmental Engineering, Istanbul Technical University
Hüseyin SÖNMEZLER Director General, Gaziantep Water and Sewerage Administration

PROGRAM DETAILS

THEMATIC SESSIONS

10th MAY - WEDNESDAY

09:00-10:00
Registration
10:00-12.30
Opening Session
12.45-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-15:45
Plenary Session: Water for Peace
15:45-16:00 Coffee Break
16:00-17:45
Panel 2. Implementing and Monitoring Water-related SDGs in Turbulent Times and Areas



SIDE EVENTS

Hall: Dolmabahçe-A Hall: Dolmabahçe-C Hall: Dolmabahçe-B

10th MAY - WEDNESDAY

09:00-10:00
Registiration
10:00-12.30
Opening
12.45-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-15:45
Urban Water Management in Istanbul - ISKI
15:45-16:00 Coffee Break
16:00-17:45
More than a Dam: Ilısu carries through Hasankeyf’s Cultural Heritage over the Future - DSİ
Wastewater Management in Turkey - ÇŞB