Building a Sustainable and
Resilient Urban Water Strategy
Currently, an estimated 55 percent of the world’s population lives in urban areas which is expected to increase to 68 percent by 2050. Projections show that urbanization, the gradual shift of the human population from rural to urban areas, combined with the overall growth of the world’s population could add another 2.5 billion people to urban areas by 2050, with close to 90 percent of this increase taking place in Asia and Africa(20). As a result, a sustainable and resilient water strategy is needed for global cities to cope with increased demand for water and the impacts of climate change (e.g., scarcity and extreme weather events). Urban water strategies require innovation in public policy, technology, funding and financing and business models. In addition, a system thinking approach is needed which connects urban water management to watersheds, customers and other stakeholders to manage water to ensure economic development, business growth, ecosystem health and social well-being.
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