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Water, Megacities and Global Change

The first conference devoted to the topic of water and megacities will take place at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France from 1st-4th December 2015. Events will coincide with the first week of COP21, the 21st annual UNFCCC Conference of the Parties. The conference has been organised by ARCEAU-IdF in association with the UNESCO International Hydrological Programme (UNESCO-IHP), the International Office for Water and French Academy for Water, among others.


The symposium will see researchers, water service providers, politicians and organisations come together to share experiences and innovations and to discuss how to move forward with more sustainable water management plans and systems for megacities. Academics researching related hydrology topics are encouraged to submit papers by October 1st 2015 for the chance to be published in a special edition of The Journal of Hydrology.

Megacities are cities with more than 10 million people and they are becoming more common. In 2011, the world became more urban than rural-based for the first time in history, and it is estimated that by 2025 more than one billion people will be concentrated in approximately one hundred huge cities. This trend means that greater pressure is being exerted on natural resources, of which the most precious is water.

‘Early Bird’ registration is available for this conference before 1st October 2015 and there is a discount for certain attendees. The events will be communicated in French and English. For more information please click here and for fees and registration details please click here.