Annual Seminar: Water Limits to Growth: Unraveling the Water Chain

Join us in welcoming guest speaker Professor Ashok Chapagain for our annual seminar on Wednesday, 26 February from 4 pm at King’s Geography!

Water Limits to Growth: Unravelling the Water Chain

Water is an economic enabler. Harnessing the full benefits of water is constrained by three limits: hydrology, production efficiency, and risks associated with externalising water footprints. Each river basin is unique with respect to amount of rainfall and its pattern, rainfall-runoff relation, total available runoff, environmental flows, and other factors. Making the process more efficient comes with a price marking a limit on local efficiency gain. Importing virtual water to relieve pressure on local water resources requires second order resources such as foreign currency, and a political will to move towards ‘water and food security’ policy from ‘water and food self-sufficiency.’ Enhancing the global water use efficiency by means of trade has socio-economic limitations.

Location: Bush House NE 6.05

Date and Time: Wednesday 26th February, 16:00-17:00

Join for drinks and nibbles after the talk

The event is open to all

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Dr. Chapagain is a senior Professor at the University of the Free State, South Africa. He has thirty years experience in Integrated Water Resource Management, food security, water allocation, irrigation, hydrology and river basin planning. He has previously served as a Senior Water advisor for WWF and the senior science director for the Water Footprint Network. His current research focuses on unraveling these limits to growth and developing a generic analytical framework to find optimal solution to growth under these water limits.