Water scarcity and shocks trigger wide-ranging impacts on poverty, instability and the economy. Addressing these risks will demand deeper understanding of the complex linkages between water, the economy and sustainable development. It will also require new evidence and tools to guide investment and interventions to measure and manage the risks across a range of contexts, scales and threats.
This event convenes leading experts from the World Bank, Oxford, Australian National University and UK Department for International Development to take stock of the emerging evidence. It will preview findings from a major World Bank study addressing the connections between water and the economy, and the effectiveness of different responses, including analysis of the:
Dr Richard Damania, Global Lead Economist at the World Bank’s Water Practice, will open proceedings with a preview of findings from forthcoming report “Uncharted Waters: the Economics of Water Scarcity”. This presentation will be followed by two expert panels moderated by Dr Dustin Garrick of Oxford University’s Smith School.
Panel 1: Impact of water scarcity and shocks on the economy
How do water scarcity and shocks impact the economy? What is the nature, scale and trajectory of the threats? Which factors mediate and magnify the impacts?
Panel 2: Moving from evidence to policy and innovation
What are the pathways to address water scarcity and shocks? How do these vary? What are the evidence gaps and strategies to catalyse transformative change?
This event will be followed by refreshments at the Oxford Martin School.