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Water-Wise Cities through Integrated Planning and Design

For the first time in history, over half of the world’s population is living in cities. By 2050, roughly 6.4 billion people will live in a city. These people will be living in an increasingly water scarce world at a time when demand for water is projected to increase by 55 per cent by 2050. Rapid population growth, industrialisation, climate change, water pollution, and maintaining, renewing and expanding urban water infrastructure are just some of the unprecedented challenges facing urban water management and systems.

Cities are the future for humanity, but the failure to manage higher population density or climate change can result in a threat to resources – water, energy, food – and have a profound impact on human health and well-being, the environment and the economy.

Water sensitive cities are great places to live, where innovation, social cohesion, creativity and culture flourish. To create sustainable water in cities, all stakeholders need to act to avoid the looming water crisis. We need to share experience and knowledge, and track progress. The Cities of the Future agenda harnesses the power of the IWA network to co-create solutions and join efforts to manage a city’s many waters in a sustainable and resilient manner, an approach endorsed by the IWA Principles for Water Wise Cities.

Corinne Trommsdorff
Programme Manager, Cities of the Future

Projects

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Sydney Symposium Communiqué

Towards a common ´urban water framework´ The Sydney Symposium brought together urban planning professionals to debate...

Transitions to the Urban Water Services of Tomorro...

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September 19, 2018
LAUNCH Thursday 20 September 2018, 09:45 – 10:30, IWA Pavilion • The roadmap is the first guide of its kind to demonstrate a practical approach towards low-...
September 18, 2018
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September 17, 2018
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June 26, 2018
 You can join Abby Crisostomo at the Emerging Water Leaders Forum to discuss solutions to some of the big questions posed by the Keynotes of this Congress fo...
June 12, 2018
IWA member Prof. Satoshi Takizawa from Tokyo University talks about key points of the water sector in Japan. Join him at the #WorldWaterCongress in Tokyo, 16-21...
May 31, 2018
The Forum focuses on the resilience of water supply, drainage and wastewater systems in cities. It is a unique opportunity to learn about the Japanese experienc...
April 26, 2018
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April 24, 2018
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April 20, 2018
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March 9, 2018
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February 26, 2018
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November 27, 2017
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October 13, 2017
Preparations for the technical programme for the IWA World Water Congress in Tokyo 2018 are now underway. More than 1500 authors submitted their work to the con...
October 3, 2017
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September 1, 2017
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August 11, 2017
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