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Sink Or Swim: Preparing Our Cities For The Future

Key Words:

  1. Climate Change;
  2. Development and Town Planning;
  3. Infrastructure Development / Green Building
  4. ;

  5. Stormwater;
  6. Sustainability;
  7. Systems Thinking;
  8. Urban Water Cycle;
  9. Water Conservation and Demand Management;
  10. Water Sensitive Design;
  11. Water Services Planning.

Given the existing impacts of urbanised populations, climate change and geopolitical uncertainty on water supply and security, the inability of current planning and infrastructure systems have been exposed. The cities of the future need a more responsive, adaptive, socially aware and resilience-based approach which considers the utilisation of Water Sensitive Design. Attention to the relevance of the Food-Energy-Water Nexus will be key in driving sustainable development. Undertaking a collaborative approach will result in developing alliances within and across government, private and community sectors for the planning and designing of cities for the future.

Some Guiding Questions

  • What consideration must also be given to the new role to be taken on by water managers/utilities, as well as the further involvement of otherwise separated disciplines such as town planning, transport, parks, stormwater and biodiversity?
  • What are the proposed climate change impacts and their relevance to water supply linked to increasingly urbanised population?
  • How do we respond to the opportunities in a water crisis and how do we strengthen Food-Energy-Water Nexus links in the development of our cities?