COVID-19 implication on water management in megacities: impacts, reactions and lessons
How is water linked to the mitigation of the COVID-19 pandemic in Megacities as socio-ecological systems particularly at risk? How is water management conducted among different sectors in an area of high population density? These were among the key questions addressed by the Webinar on the “COVID-19 Implication on Water Management in Megacities: Impacts, Reactions and Lessons”, organized by UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme (IHP) organized on 23 July 2020. It brought together 22 panelists from Beijing, Cairo, Guangzhou, Istanbul, Jakarta, Karachi, Lagos, Lima, Mexico City, Mumbai, Sao Paulo, Shanghai, Tehran and Wuhan, joined live by over 400 participants.
Each geographical area is vulnerable to the pandemic and its many-fold impact on public health, economy, education, urban livelihood amenities, services and other aspects of our daily lives, in all countries and territories. However, megacities, urban spaces where more than 10 million people commute, live, and work daily, are by nature among the socio-ecological systems at higher risk. They also tend to concentrate economic and financial centres, and are often essential for a country’s economy.