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BACK TO THE NATURE: Exploring the potential of nature-based solutions to face the effects of climate change on water
November 9, 2021 @ 3:30 am - 6:30 am
In its latest report, published in August 2021, the IPCC rings the alarm on the predicted consequences of global warming of 1.5C, which is expected to be reached by 2040, including on water with the increase of extreme events, more intense rainfall and droughts. Effects have already been seen throughout the summer of 2021 with fires and floods devastating Europe.
With increasing rainfall, the question of rainwater management must be addressed. Water operators have been at the center of discussions, as they manage sewer networks and treat works to prevent pollution of water bodies. However, as existing systems are showing their limits in the face of new challenges, it is critical to seek new long-term looking solutions.
Particularly relevant in the context of the revision of the European Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive, the conference will aim to discuss the consequences of climate change on the water cycle and the role that nature-based solutions can play in addressing storm water and strengthening the resilience of cities and towns. Speakers, including policymakers, NGOs, water operators and scientists, will review the opportunities and challenges of the increased use of nature-based solutions.