How Do We Want to Live Tomorrow? Perspectives on Water Management in Urban Regions

Berger, Viktoria, Fan, Fernando M., Gabel, Friederike, Galvão, Paulo H., Gies, Maria, Daniel, Grabner, Langhans, Simone, Macedo-Moura, Priscilla, Machado, Anderson Abel de Souza, Manzione, Rodrigo L., Matta, Elena, Andreu, Ana, Moraes, Marcio Augusto Ernesto de, Morihama, Ana C. D., Paiva, Anderson Luiz Ribeiro de, Periotto, Natalia A., Porst, Gwendolin, Rigotto, Caroline, Roters, Benedikt, Schulz, Stephan et al. (2017). How Do We Want to Live Tomorrow? Perspectives on Water Management in Urban Regions. Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina e.V. Nationale Akademie der Wissenschaften; Academia Brasileira de Ciências (ABC); Zentrum für Wasser- und Umweltforschung (ZWU) Universität Duisburg-Essen.

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    Author Berger, Viktoria
    Fan, Fernando M.
    Gabel, Friederike
    Galvão, Paulo H.
    Gies, Maria
    Daniel, Grabner
    Langhans, Simone
    Macedo-Moura, Priscilla
    Machado, Anderson Abel de Souza
    Manzione, Rodrigo L.
    Matta, Elena
    Andreu, Ana
    Moraes, Marcio Augusto Ernesto de
    Morihama, Ana C. D.
    Paiva, Anderson Luiz Ribeiro de
    Periotto, Natalia A.
    Porst, Gwendolin
    Rigotto, Caroline
    Roters, Benedikt
    Schulz, Stephan
    Silva, Talita Fernanda das Graças
    Sousa, Matheus Martins de
    Suhogusoff, Alexandra
    Wahnfried, Ingo D.
    Wolf, Christine
    Editor Fan, Fernando M.
    Azara, Francesca
    Scheuenstuhl, Marcos C. B.
    Eisinger, Michael
    Title How Do We Want to Live Tomorrow? Perspectives on Water Management in Urban Regions
    Publication Date 2017
    Place of Publication Köthen
    Publisher Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina e.V. Nationale Akademie der Wissenschaften; Academia Brasileira de Ciências (ABC); Zentrum für Wasser- und Umweltforschung (ZWU) Universität Duisburg-Essen
    Pages 24
    Language eng
    Abstract More than half of the human population currently lives in urban areas and according to the United Nations, cities will be the living space of an additional 2.5 billion people by the year 2050 (UN, 2015b). The proportion and speed of this urban growth increase the pressure on water resources, and this is often seen negatively. However, this challenge can also be a chance to substantially improve the quality of life in urban areas, if we consider how we want to live tomorrow and actively shape our future. As a group of interdisciplinary young scientists authoring the current science policy report, we agreed that we want to live in cities where sustainable, integrated watershed management guarantees public health and environmental safety. This requires sanitation and rainwater management, solutions for dealing with contaminants, such as micropollutants, as well as information flows and public involvement in water management. Integrated watershed management as part of urban planning takes into account interdisciplinary relationships and connects different sectors, for example city administration, health providers and water managers. It also ensures access to sustainable, adaptable, effective and resilient rain and wastewater management, which includes the specific needs of vulnerable groups. Such a rain and wastewater management considers water reuse as a possibility to increase the available water supply. A growing number and increasing concentration of micropollutants in the aquatic environment are a health risk. It is important to understand their fate and effects and to develop appropriate management strategies. In such decision-making processes, all aspects of water management should be included and local stakeholders involved. Moreover, comprehensive and optimized information flows improve the understanding of water-related problems and must be used to help communities to set priorities, take action and assume responsibilities. Education, capacity building and community engagement are particularly important for creating ownership, identification with water resources and environmental consciousness. Further research is needed in these areas to better understand challenges and chances of water management in growing urban areas and to develop scientifically based solutions. This scientific knowledge will build the basis for policy-making and implementation of actions in urban water management. In this way, we believe a better and more desirable urban environment can be achieved for future generations.
    Copyright Holder Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina e.V. Nationale Akademie der Wissenschaften; Academia Brasileira de Ciências (ABC); Zentrum für Wasser- und Umweltforschung (ZWU) Universität Duisburg-Essen
    Copyright Year 2017
    Copyright type All rights reserved
    ISBN 9783804737464
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