World Leaders Headed to San Diego for Water Forum

Fifty world leaders in business, government and academia are convening in San Diego on Oct. 23 and Oct. 24 for a discussion about global water issues.

Topics to be discussed are the water-energy nexus, fracking and regional water scarcity.

Between 2015 and 2025 the average country will spend almost 30% more on water infrastructure, according to the conference notes. “At the same time, all of the Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia will be severely stressed for freshwater resources, with annual withdrawals in excess of 40% of the available resource.”

“Throughout this period, China and the United States will face high stress levels; at present, average water con­sumption per capita in the U.S. is four times larger than that in China or India.”

The conference participants will conduct a “water war game” about the implications of sharing a volatile water resource.

The invitation-only event is organized by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, a provider of analysis about the clean energy industry. For more information, click here.

San Diego photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons.