Side Event to 2015 UN-Water International Conference: Water Footprint Assessment in support of sustainable development

2015 UN-Water Annual International Zaragoza Conference. Water and Sustainable Development: From Vision to Action. 15-17 January 2015 Side event. Water Footprint Assessment in support of sustainable development Date: 14 January 2015 Time: 15:00-17:00 Location: Etopía. Avda. Ciudad de Soria, 8. 50010 Zaragoza Convener: the Water Footprint Network Side Event to 2015 UN-Water International Conference convened by Water Footprint Network Rapid economic development, growing populations and climate change effects on the water cycle are placing greater stress on fresh water and threaten the sustainability nature and human life globally. Considering the growing multiple water demands, ensuring sustainable, efficient and equitable water use is more than ever a challenge. New tools and methods are therefore required to inspire, inform and broaden cooperation in river basins, across sectors and between countries. Water Footprint Assessment (WFA) provides a common language which builds a shared understanding for informed decision making and strategic action at local, regional and global scales. WFA opens up new insight and contributes to successful action. This seminar convened by Water Footprint Network will focus on how WFA contributes to sustainable development through fair allocation at local, regional and global scales; how it stimulates IWRM and reduction in water scarcity and pollution through integrated regulations; and how companies can support meeting social, economic and environmental goals engagement in water stewardship. Speakers from government, business, academia and NGOs will present the latest WFA applications which demonstrate how WFA is a tool for sustainable development. This will be followed by a lively discussion on using WFA in multi-sectoral engagement in meeting the SDGs. Programme Facing the world's water crisis: how Water Footprint Assessment can help us achieve sustainable development goals Keynote: Ruth Mathews, Executive Director, Water Footprint Network Addressing fair allocation of fresh water resources locally and globally Arjen Hoekstra, University of Twente Reducing water scarcity and water pollution through integrated regulatory reform Giuseppe Frapporti, UK Environment Agency Reaching social, economic and environmental development goals through private sector engagement Michael Spencer, Water Stewardship Initiative Corporate water sustainability through Water Footprint Assessment Maria José Amores and Antonio Carretero, CETAQUA-AENOR Cross-Sector Panel discussion Moderated by: Ruth Mathews, Executive Director Water Footprint Network Panel includes speakers and representatives from: government, business, academia, civil society: Alberto Garrido, CEIGRAM & Botin Foundation Lesha Witmer, World Wide Fund for Nature Bimal Arora, Centre for Responsible Business (tbc) Giuseppe Frapporti, UK Environment Agency Arjen Hoekstra, University of Twente Michael Spencer, Water Stewardship Initiative Weblink to event: http://www.un.org/waterforlifedecade/waterandsustainabledevelopment2015/side_event_water_footprint_14_01_2015.shtml