Wednesday March 31, 2010 at 18:00-20:00
The Club of Rome EU-Chapter (Brussels) CoR-EU and the Club of Rome - European Support Centre (Vienna) CoR-ESC in collaboration with Oikos are pleased to invite you to the 71st Aurelio Peccei Lecture:
by Friedrich Barth
UNDP Senior advisor Environment, Climate and Energy
Global water consumption increased sixfold in the last century - more than twice the rate of population growth - and will continue growing rapidly in coming decades. Yet readily available freshwater is a finite resource, equivalent to less than one percent of the water on Earth.
What’s more, water and populations are unevenly distributed across the globe; arid and semi-arid regions receive only two percent of all surface runoff yet account for 40 percent of the global land area and house half of the world’s poor. Finally, our existing freshwater resources are under heavy threat from overexploitation, pollution, and global warming. Given these trends, equitably providing adequate water resources for agriculture, industry and human consumption poses one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century.
The Aurelio Peccei Lecture-Event will take place at
Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium (Vesalius room)
Hertogstraat 1 Rue Ducale
ZIP Code: 1000