Chronic under-investment in the water sector, climate impacts and changing populations. All common challenges across EBRD’s regions of operations, but even more so in the SEMED region where acute water scarcity magnifies the need for a sustainable approach to water management. The private sector plays its part in building seawater desalination plants, but these need renewable energy solutions and environmentally sensitive designs to ensure they do no additional harm. An integrated approach also requires attention on reducing water losses from ageing infrastructure and reusing water that is, otherwise, wasted to better safeguard existing water resources. The entire water cycle should be re-examined, including wastewater treatment and its by-products, to promote a more circular economy. Digitalisation and innovation must also feature in future water systems to deliver greater system reliability.
This session will combine local and international speakers from the public and private sectors to provide insights into the challenges and potential solutions to address this critical issue of water scarcity.
Sue Barrett (Moderator) - Director, Head of Infrastructure, Turkey, Middle East & Africa, EBRD
Suntharesan Padmanathan - Chief Executive Officer & Vice-Chairman, ACWA Power
Walid Madwar - General Manager, Vice President, Metito
Thierry Déau - Founding Partner, CEO, Meridiam
French and English simultaneous Interpretation is available for this event through the Interactio app. View the 'Attachments' tab above for details on how to access it. Event code: AM2022