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Another Drop 2017

The United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) is pleased to invite you to its next free, public lecture! 

From the Age of Carbon to the Age of Water - The Role of Wetlands 

We are currently living in the age of carbon. Yes, carbon provides the infrastructure of living creatures, the building blocks of life. Our problem is that our economies are currently designed around carbon, from the fossil fuels that power transport and agriculture, to the ubiquitous plastics and chemicals, many of which are also derived from oil. We are now starting to see the consequences of carbon emissions, leading to climate change. In 2015, at the climate change summit in Paris, almost all countries agreed to take steps to decarbonise their economies and reduce emissions.  

Water is the sustaining flow that supports life. But our understanding of the vital role of water is still in its infancy, and the agreements, laws and policies governing water are equally weak. We need to realise that at the same time as carbon emissions are warming the planet, the global water cycle and local water cycles are changing and speeding up. The land masses are losing water, and wetlands are being lost and degraded, while atmospheric moisture and sea levels are rising. We need to be much more aware of where the water is currently located and stored, where it is moving to, and where it needs to be.  
 
We need to safeguard the water that sustains our economies, in terms of drinking water supply, irrigation for agriculture, water for industrial processes and energy generation. And we also need to safeguard the water that sustains nature, its glorious biodiversity, and its complex functions and processes which are essential for life on this planet. Wetlands provide the vital link, wherever the water meets the land. In many places, wetlands are at risk either from human decisions or from climate change. Water-related disasters, such as droughts, floods, and coastal storm surges, are becoming increasingly frequent and severe.  However, I will show examples of how wetlands can help to reduce disaster risks. More research will help us understand all the multiple services that wetlands provide, and a better understanding of global and local water cycles will lead to better water management. It’s time to move away from the age of carbon, towards the age of water.

WHEN: Tuesday January 31, 2017

TIME:
6:45pm (Refreshments)
7:00pm (Lecture)

WHERE:
McMaster Innovation Park
Conference Room 1AB
175 Longwood Road South
Hamilton, ON. L8P 0A1

ADMISSION COST: Absolutely free!

 

Please note that seating is limited. 

To register  spot, RSVP online here or 
email us at
 contact.inweh@unu.edu.

Guest Speaker

Dr. Ania Grobicki has degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cape Town and in Economics from the University of South Africa, and a PhD in Biotechnology from Imperial College, London. Her experience and knowledge of water issues includes work on the water needs of cities, industry, agriculture and energy, as well as policy development and practice related to water supply and reuse; water quality; water and health; effluent treatment technologies; and river basin management.

Dr. Grobicki has been involved with the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in Sri Lanka, the WHO Secretariat in Switzerland, and the Global Water Partnership (GWP) in Sweden. She was deeply involved in the stakeholder consultations and negotiations in the run-up to establishing the Sustainable Development Goals, and in particular the global water goal. From March 2015 she took up the position of Deputy Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, and was also acting for the Secretary General of the Convention from November 2015 to August 2016.
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