The Division of Water Sciences of UNESCO in partnership with ARCEAU-IdF, SIAAP and the Metropolis of Greater Paris calls paper for the second international conference “Water, Megacities and Global Change”, also known as EauMega 2020. The conference will run from 1 to 4 December 2020 at UNESCO headquarters in Paris France.
The EauMega 2020 conference responds to the need to consider the challenges of megacities from a water perspective, and vice-versa, as their interdependence is strong and their management deeply linked. For example, urban discharges to aquatic environments are one of the major causes of ocean pollution by plastics. Cities are increasingly vulnerable to extreme water events, such as hurricanes, floods, storms and storm surges or tidal waves. To tackle these increasingly recurrent incidents, the recent report by the OECD and UN-Habitat, “Global State of National Urban Policy”, shows the importance of urban policies for adapting to climate change and promoting sustainable development.
The Water, Megacities and Global Change conference will illustrate how the research community and the operational world benefit through collaboration. In addition to experts and scientists, it will include civil society representatives and elected officials to highlight the importance of sound policy-making.
The conference also gives a voice to youth to share their perspective on all topics covered by the conference, and artists will be invited to illustrate the symbolic and aesthetic dimensions of water management issues in megacities and their impact on global change.
The conference will address two main thematic areas: challenges, and solutions. The conference will have two first and second thematic axis
The first thematic axis will analyze and address the determinant issues to maintain and strengthen the often precarious balance of these mega-urban systems, especially in the context of the accelerating global change:
The second axis will address the types of solutions (means, methods, tools) that can be implemented to support water management in megacities: