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The Role of Water in the Green Economy

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The Role of Water in the Green Economy

In May, 2012, IISD's Water Innovation Centre collaborated with the Global Water System Project to host a conference on the water, energy and food security nexus in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

The conference brought together more than 80 international experts, opinion leaders, policy-makers and scientists to discuss challenges and review ways to foster a sustainable approach to the development of energy and food resources through improved water management practices.

This document is an outcome of that conference, a statement highlighting the importance of water to the green economy and putting forward key messages related to the Rio +20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. These messages are:

  • The need to set water targets and use earth observations data for monitoring.

  • The need for innovative polycentric governance models to enable improved water, energy and food security.

  • The high potential of the emerging bioeconomy concept—the development of economies that use renewable resources as their main inputs for industry—to move societies towards water, energy and food security.

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