The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Water and Urban Initiative Symposium on Sustainable Urban Water Environment

UNU-IAS will organize the first Water and Urban Initiative (WUI) Symposium on Sustainable Urban Water Environment on 14 March 2016 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The overall objective of this symposium is to discuss innovative and feasible approaches to evaluate the value of improved urban water environments. Impacts of global change, such as climate and land use change, on urban water pollution will be a major area of focus. Researchers and experts will discuss various aspects of what constitutes “value”, such as human health risks, ecosystem services and flood mitigation, to establish a useful framework based on sound scientific simulations.

When: 14 March 2016; 10:00 am-15:00 pm (UTC+07:00)
Where: Jakarta, Indonesia
How to Register: This event is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is required. Visit this page to register.

The overall objective of this symposium and workshop is to discuss innovative and feasible approaches for assessing the value of improved urban water environments. Researchers and experts will discuss various aspects of this “value”, including human health risks, ecosystem services, and flood mitigation, in order to establish a useful framework based on sound scientific simulation.

Researchers, experts, practitioners across different levels and sectors (academia, government and private) and representatives of international donor agencies will jointly discuss the “value” of an improved urban water environment, including human health risks, ecosystem services and flood mitigation. The workshop will help to jointly identify challenges and define areas in which more research is needed in order to better prevent water pollution and improve water quality. The workshop will be organized along with oral presentations and roundtable discussions. Participants are expected to contribute by actively participating in the discussions and by presenting their thoughts, opinions and expectations in order to develop a clear vision of clean urban water environments and ways of creating new policies to achieve this vision.