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Second International Conference « Water, Megacities and Global Change »

Bringing together scientists, operators, policy makers and civil society to address water security and global challenges in Megacities

COVID-19 : Due to the current global health crisis, the EauMega 2020 conference, initially scheduled from 1 to 4 December 2020, has been postponed to December 2021 to ensure that it can take place safely. EauMega 2020 is now EauMega 2021!

Some of the papers selected will be presented by their authors during an online pre-conference on 7-11 December 2020. However, the special sessions, round tables and other components of the physical conference are postponed until the end of 2021.

Paris, New York, Beijing, Mumbai, Tokyo, Buenos Aires, Mexico, Lagos… all Megacities – urban centers which accommodate more than 10 million inhabitants - are facing “mega”-challenges related to providing water services for their inhabitants, while managing their environment. Climate change effects of intensifying magnitude and global challenges such as sea level rise, increasing temperatures or urbanization, threaten these cities. Now, there is a need for action to achieve resilient cities.

A transversal and multidimensional solution is proposed, based on the collaboration among scientists who advance knowledge, operators (in both the public and private sectors) who innovate technically and socio-politically, and local politicians who can support new, fairer and more efficient models of water governance, in constant interaction with civil society.

The Second International Conference on “Water, Megacities and Global Change”, will take place in December 2021 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, to bring all these actors together, 6 years after its first edition, also known as EauMega 2015.

Objectives of the conference

  • Produce a scientific and technical overview of water challenges and solutions that Megacities face and use to mitigate the effects of climate change, by concretizing the exchange of their expertise in the specific field of water
  • Strengthen the dialogue between science and policy actors at local level

MAWAC aims to provide a platform for Megacities to share their experiences and challenges, propose solutions, and to obtain access to technical and financial support for programmes and projects, enabling them to successfully overcome the challenges of climate change.