Hear from Dr Eva Abal on how we can achieve the UN SDG's, and from John Poon, with first hand experience in developing solutions to the problems facing the achievement of the SDG's.
Towards water and food security through energy efficiency: Addressing the adaptation gap to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Global population growth and urbanisation are dramatically increasing the demand for clean and reliable supplies of freshwater, land, energy and food with a corresponding significant increase in emissions and waste streams. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a good basis to consider the interdependencies of the water, energy and food sectors in achieving the different goals, which vary from one country to another. Strategic planning is required to ensure long-term sustainability and efficiency of energy, water and land resources to respond to future shocks. To create a paradigm shift towards ‘nexus thinking’, there is a need to create collaboration within government departments and industries responsible for energy, water and land resource management, as well as integrated monitoring of resources to identify available efficiencies and co-benefits.
Dr Eva Abal, International River Foundation
Dr Abal joined the International River Foundation after years of experience with the University of Queensland, Great Barrier Reef Foundation, SEQ Healthy Waterways Partnership (now Healthy Land and Water) and more recently as Strategic Projects and Partnerships Adviser of the International WaterCentre. In these roles, Eva has demonstrated skills in leading and managing large-scale trans-disciplinary programs. Eva’s passion and commitment in integrated water resources management in the Asia Pacific region is evidenced in her being one of the authors of the Asian Development Outlook 2011 and 2016, which chart progress towards water security in the region.
Venue - Jacobs Office
From Hopeless to Closed Loop – Singapore’s Journey from 3rd World to 1st World Water and Sanitation
This will be an outline of the amazing journey Singapore is currently taking to gain water independence and build a safer and more secure future for its people. Over the past 20 years, Singapore has transformed its water infrastructure into one of the very few large-scale closed loop urban water cycle systems. What has been achieved so far is amazing but what is planned and now being built is even more incredible.
John Poon, Jacobs
John is a civil engineer and has some 28 years of experience in water infrastructure development. From 2000 to 2003, he was the Study Manager for the Singapore Government’s well-known and highly successful NEWater program. He also led the team responsible for completing the world-class and multi-awarded NEWater Visitor Centre. His contributions to potable reuse helped CH2M (now Jacobs) win the prestigious 2015 Stockholm Industry Water Award.
Address - Level 7, Jacobs Office, 32 Cordelia St, South Brisbane
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