How to forecast water-related disasters in order to act? (B5)

In this session moderated by Henk Ovink, we will discuss what the water scarcity challenges are and how we can solve and even prevent them by early warning tools. Governments, private - as well as public organizations, NGO's and community representatives are invited to join the session and participate because; our future asks for sustainable water and subsoil solutions and it is time to act now.


Disruptive societal impacts such as conflicts and migration may be fuelled by water and climate related processes when these lead to food insecurity and reduced economic growth. As a result of climate change, water availability will become increasingly scarce in certain regions, particularly in the MENA region. Combined with a high, and increasing, demand for freshwater, this can lead to water shortage crises. This can, in turn, lead to food insecurity and reduced economic growth. In countries or regions where there is social unrest already, this can fuel conflict and both local and international migration. Countries or regions with poor governmental institutions are most vulnerable to this. Trustworthy early warning tooling could be the solution to secure people and the environment.

In this session we will explore how (national) governments, private sector and NGOs perceive the threat of water-related conflicts and how they are coping with it. We will also explore how conflicts can be prevented by making better use of data on water availability, seasonal forecasts and water management plans. After discussion with the audience a panel will reflect on insight gained and concrete actions that can be taken to prevent water-related conflict.