Safe and Sustainable Technologies and Strategies for Integrated Freshwater Resource Management: State of Art Approaches

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The Water-Food-Energy Nexus is a dynamic system in which to realise the safe and sustainable development of freshwater resources that is urgently required due to rising global population, rapid urbanization, changing diets and economic growth. Freshwater is one of the most important natural resources and one of the largest in terms of consumption for the production of food and energy, as well as for drinking.

When water resources are polluted and unavailable for drinking, energy, agriculture, certain intra-connections of all three may drive the system in a downward spiral towards a worse situation at both local and global levels. The Water-Food-Energy Nexus is connected to socio-economic development in regions where surface water resources plays a key role. Today the focus is on safe and sustainable technologies and strategies for integrated water resource management, including catchment management, pollution remediation, sustainable agriculture, alternative energy systems, ecosystem conservation, safe water supply and sanitation. Solutions have to be affordable, safe and energy efficient.

The activity was convened by JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research and University of Plymouth, UK. The aim of the Workshop was to bring together scientists from the UK and India, Industrialists and NGOs to develop sustainable strategies urgently needed in India, which also have global impact, to tackle long term provision of water for drinking and food production. This workshop focused on the IUKWC theme on ‘Building cross-sectoral collaborations to understand the dynamic interactions across the water-energy-food nexus’.

In this brief, the outcomes of focussed discussions held by the delegates in attendance at the workshop, around key topic areas that were identified as crucial to water quality management, are shared. Read the outputs here (insert hyperlink).