Stockholm Water Front No. 4 2010

This issue of the Stockholm Water Front looks into some statistics and arguments related to urbanisation in conjunction with the theme of the 2011 World Water Week in Stockholm: “Responding to Global Changes: Water in an Urbanising World.”

Demographic changes cannot be separated from climate changes. In his reflections on some of the fundamental issues related to climate change, SIWI’s Mats Eriksson draws some arguments related to an increased focus on adaptation versus mitigation.

Erosion and sedimentation in China is assessed by Zhou Zhide and Tong Yuling, from the International Research and Training Centre on Erosion and Sedimentation, Beijing, China. They look into how natural pollution affects water quality globally, and the human equation in the process.

SIWI’s John Joyce reflects upon the effects of the international financial crisis on financial flows for the water sector in Africa, based upon a recently published SIWI report. The two main conclusions being that: (a) local governments and households (who are not well integrated in the international economy and therefore not heavily effected by the crisis) play a crucial role in financing water sector related infrastructure in Sub-Saharan Africa, (b) Chinese Arab investments may have played a stabilising role in Sub-Saharan Africa during the recent financial crisis. Therefore, the effects have not been as severe as what could have been expected.

And Mr. John Feighery, PhD candidate at Columbia University and winner of the Best Poster award during the 2010 World Water Week in Stockholm wrote for this issue of the Stockholm Water Front about his research on water quality in Bangladesh which won him this honour.