How to create water-wise cities?
Water as a risk needs to be managed to ensure the security of people’s habitats and livelihoods
- March 26, 2018 09:30
- Monika Dimitrova
Many cities with steeply rising populations often neglect a resource that is essential to sustaining all activities in a city - water. European cities have to work towards achieving sustainable water systems and the benefits that will bring. Water as a risk needs to be managed to ensure the security of people’s habitats and livelihoods. This is why the Interantional Water Assosoation has developed the Principles for water-Wise Cities. The Principles aim to inspire urban leaders, water managers, individuals and other stakeholders to collaboratively find solutions on urban water management challenges, and to implement water-wise management strategies through a shared vision that will enable the development of flexible and adaptable cities.
Creating water-wise cities is a huge task due to the slow pace of planning, unclear lines of governance which makes stakeholder collaboration difficult, and the low level of citizen engagement. Water-sensitive cities are great places to live, where innovation, social cohesion, creativity and culture flourish, but achieving this requires harnessing the power of collaboration with adapted governance.
Source: Interantional Water Assosoation
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