“WATER AND FOOD SECURITY – PATHWAYS THAT LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND AND THOSE THAT DO”

Keynote speech by
Olcay UNVER, Ph.D.
Vice-Chair, UN-Water
10th Water Research Horizon Conference
18-19 June, 2019,

Hannover, Germany

“Right now, we are at a cross roads. Billions still lack safe water and sanitation, water pollution is worsening, there is too little funding, agriculture places enormous stress on water and our governance systems are weak.”
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NATURE BASED SOLUTIONS, WATER MANAGEMENT AND AGRICULTURE

Presented by:
Olcay ÜNVER, PhD., Vice Chair of UN-Water and Deputy Director of Land and Water Division at Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO);

Member of the WLE Steering Committee
“The case for intensification has been well articulated in the literature, both from a perspective of increased production, through high-yielding crops, increased irrigation, mechanization, and the role of chemicals that increase production levels, and from a conservation perspective, in terms of the millions of hectares of forests which otherwise would be converted into farm land, unquantifiable amount of ecosystem services saved, and of some 590 billion tons of CO2 prevented from being released into the atmosphere.”

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