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The growing concentration of people in cities influences water consumption, quality and availability. A substantial part of urban populations lives in areas without proper infrastructure and water services. Coping with this reality requires strong capacities and good governance structures and mechanisms, as well as the ability to share experiences, practices and knowledge. Any action should consider long-term sustainability.
The 8th World Water Forum will host focused discussions on these cross-cutting subjects – capacity, governance, sharing and sustainability – in order to identify the main hindrances and actions required to overcome difficulties that are common to the 6 core themes (climate, people, development, urban, ecosystems and financing).
You can contribute to the debate by commenting on the following set of questions:CAPACITY (June 12 to July 2) - 3 weeks:
- How can education and capacity building be enhanced to ensure an adequate quantity and quality of water in cities?
- In relation to water in cities, what opportunities do new technologies offer for the improvement of water monitoring? What about for information communication technology (ICT) and decision/policy making?
- How do international cooperation initiatives enhance water capacity development for better management of water in cities?