13 October 2021
Dr Jessica Budds will give a talk about the framing of the concept of ‘water security’ from a geographical perspective.
The idea of a ‘global water crisis’, which refers to the prospect of growing global water shortages, is becoming increasingly prominent in public discourse. This has led to greater emphasis on ‘water security’ as a broad policy direction. Most definitions of water security focus on the long-term supply of water to meet priority needs, but Budds will make the case that our attention should instead be on the relationship between water and society, in terms of how water is governed, managed, and represented.
Dr Budds will illustrate this drawing on 20 years’ of research in Chile, where a system of water markets that favours industrial users (commercial farmers in the case Budds presents) has led to the over-exploitation of rivers and aquifers, which has recently been exacerbated by drought. State responses have centred on providing emergency infrastructure to keep water flowing, but, Budds argues, these measures not only support existing unsustainable water uses, but also create new economic opportunities for industries that are driving water scarcity.
This talk was organised by East of England committee.
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This event is recognised by the Society as being suitable professional development for Chartered Geographer and may also be suitable for other professional accreditations.
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