Water Smart Cities: From Design to Development

Join us for a session on water smart cities at the Expo City Farm.

The global water crisis is at the core of multiple interconnected environmental, economic, and social problems. Urban areas around the world are increasingly feeling the impacts of climate change, facing environmental hazards from cyclones, floods, and droughts. By 2050, more than two-thirds of the world’s population are expected to live in cities and global water demand is expected to increase. 

This session will discuss the complexities and opportunities between cities and new paradigms in water management. It will consider the role freshwater has to enhance climate security and urban resilience, spotlighting various co-benefits including healthy ecosystems, resilient livelihoods and protecting biodiversity, with reference to best practices and case studies from the MENA and wider geographical contexts. 


  • Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA)
  • Arup
  • Global Resilience Partnership
  • International Water Association (IWA)
  • Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) 

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