The Bonn Water Network* cordially invites you to its webinar ‘Toward Urban Water Security: What works, when and why?’ (online via Zoom) on Wednesday May 25, 2022, 05:00-06:30 PM (CET).

Cities are organic, highly divided (socially, economically, politically) social spaces. These divisions manifest spatially, and ensuring the ‘right to the city’ is a difficult task. Evidence suggests that macro-approaches such as Integrated Water Resources Management or Integrated Urban Water Management are difficult to implement. Yet, opportunities for positive social change often arise. How to ensure that these opportunities result in collective social good? In this seminar, Corrine Cash, Mount Allison University, and Larry Swatuk, University of Waterloo, critically reflect on the appropriate entry points for urban water security. Their findings show that change requires organization, persistence, and innovation, that positive outcomes may be fungible, and that negative outcomes are opportunities for reflection and reorganization. Their research highlights factors that are necessary for equitable, sustainable and affordable outcomes: collective, cross-sectoral and participatory decision-making; actions that are framed in a deliberately non-political way and projects that are underpinned by influential third-party involvement.

Whether some or all of these are necessary, however, is not clear. Drawing on evidence from a series of case studies, the speakers point to the necessary conditions to ensure that effective efforts in support of urban water security are fungible and scalable within and across cities.


Notes on participation:
Please register by Zoom.

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