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Leaving No One Behind: Challenges of Urban Water Governance in the Global South

Decision Center for a Desert City

Christina Culwick

  • Researcher, Gauteng City-Region Observatory, Johannesburg, South Africa

Pedro Jacobi

  • Professor, School of Education & the Graduate Program of Environmental Science, Institute of Energy & Environment, University of São Paulo, Brazil

Ajay Raghava

  • Deputy Director Climate Change, Division of Ministry of Environment Forest & Climate Change, Government of India

Rimjhim Aggarwal

  • Moderator and Associate Professor, School of Sustainability

Holistic approaches to urban water governance in Delhi, São Paulo, and Johannesburg.

The rapid pace of urbanization and population growth in cities of the Global South - within the current context of growing resource constraints, deeply embedded inequalities, and climate uncertainties - has posed new risks and vulnerabilities that call for holistic approaches to water governance.

Our panelists join us from three of the major megacities of the developing world: Johannesburg, South Africa, São Paulo, Brazil, and Delhi, India. As they engage in cross-comparative analysis and share their experiences, what lessons can communities in the Colorado River Basin take away from these discussions?

The panelists will draw connections between the structure and pattern of urban growth – particularly, in informal settlements – and the challenges of water governance. They will also examine new risks and vulnerabilities associated with rapid urbanization and discuss how these are likely to be exacerbated by climate change. In addition, the panelists will pinpoint emerging conflicts and evaluate attempts to address them through formal and informal institutions, legal structures, and policy while exploring cross-comparative lessons, particularly innovative approaches to infrastructure design, citizen participation, and social learning.

Join the conversation! Light dinner will be served

Thursday, October 13, 2016
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.