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Water stress discussed at the 2020 Economic Forum

Water becomes scarce resource even in regions where there seems to be an abundance of water. Scientists and policymakers have met on this year’s Economic Forum, held in Karpacz, to discuss how to prevent water shortages. Prof. Paweł Rowiński, vice-president of the Polish Academy of Sciences, was one of the invited speakers.

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Economic challenges posed by COVID-19 pandemic has dominated the meeting’s agenda. Nevertheless, such burning issues as climate change and its impacts on water resources have been strongly highlighted. On September 10, 2020 a panel session entitled “Flood? Drought? Retention! Water as the oil of the 21st century?” took place. It was attended by the following individuals: Prof. Paweł Rowiński, Jan Krzystof Ardanowski, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Łukasz Kozub, chair of the board of Wetland Conservation Center, Łukasz Smółka, Deputy Marshal of the Malopolska Voivodeship, Sławomir Mazurek, chief ecologist of BOŚ Bank, Mirosław Lidzbarski, Polish Geological Institute – National Research Institute.

“Water management should be a coherent, integrated system within which issues related to extreme phenomena – droughts, floods and water quality problems – should be brought together. Diffusion of responsibility across agents (ministries and its departments) is not a viable solution” stressed Prof. Rowiński. “On the other hand, it is worth decentralizing the system, so that water problems are solved in places where they actually arise” he added.

Source of information: Polish Academy of Sciences

Source od photo: www.malopolska.pl