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Report on the 1st Financial Times Water Summit

December 23th, 2015 

On 26 October 2015 the Financial Times held its first Water Summit under the theme of "The New Bottom Line: Collaborative Solutions for Growth" in London.  AquaFed co-sponsored this event along with other organisations, notably the World Water Council and AquaFed member Odebrecht Ambiental.  This conference focussed on the strategic importance of water for business and industry: discussions ranged from how corporations are making water their business, and how they are transforming water risk into opportunity. 
The debates also focussed on the collaborative ways in which companies around the world are working with the broader water community to deal with scarcity and enable growth.

The event attracted about 140 high level participants from business, finance, public institutions such as the World Bank and OECD and NGOs who were engaged in lively discussions and debates on issues such as the circular economy and water stewardship initiatives.

Fernando Reis, Chief Executive Officer of Odebrecht Ambiental took part in the Opening Panel during which he spoke of water reuse and desalinisation, as well as societal demand in responses to drought. He explained that the investment climate for public-private participation in Latin America is improving with better regulation in many countries and ever more municipalities looking for investment and efficiency improvements. Mr. Reis also illustrated how joint efforts between the public and private sectors to invest in infrastructure improvements and operations in water and sanitation offer solutions for access to water and sanitation for poor people in Latin America and Africa.

Participants in the final panel session, “At Waters Edge” were Lisette Provencher, Senior Vice President at the AquaFed member United Water (Suez North America) and Jack Moss, Executive Director at AquaFed. The key messages they passed on in this session were:

  • the importance of realistic economics and pricing for water services
  • the urgent need to connect the billions of unserved or underserved people to reliable water and sanitation services
  • successful new business models that enable private water operators to meet the needs of communities
  • the need to recognise the different players in the socio-political value chain that supports the water and sanitation services sector
  • ways the business sector beyond private water operators can support political decision-makers to give more emphasis to water and sanitation services, thus overcoming the often cited lack of political will to address these vital services.

Overall participants agreed with the key insights that climate change impacts will start with impacts on water availabilities or water-related disasters. These changes will disproportionately impact poor populations.

 

To see the videos of these panels visit this link

 

 

(Photo by AquaFed: Lysette Provencher from Suez North America and Jack Moss in animated panel discussion)

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