Toward a Sustainable Water Future: Visions for 2050


  • Sponsored by the Emerging and Innovative Technology Committee of the Environmental and Water Resources Institute of ASCE.

    With forewords by William J. Cosgrove, President, EcoConsult Inc., and Olcay Ünver, Coordinator, United Nations World Water Assessment Programme, and Director, Programme Office for Global Water Assessment, Division of Water Sciences, UNESCO.

    Toward a Sustainable Water Future: Visions for 2050 showcases the opinions of more than 50 experts who draw an optimistic picture of environmental and water resource conditions and issues midway through the 21st century. These authorities—distinguished professionals in environmental and water resources engineering, ecology, economics, and law—describe the pathways that could transform today's visions into future reality. Each chapter addresses a specific issue in water resources planning and policy, education, or science and technology and identifies the steps to shape a future of water security and sustainability.

    This collection of essays challenges readers to consider how society can manage natural and cultural resources to benefit present and future generations. It will be of particular interest to students, educators and practitioners in water resource engineering, as well as planners, environmental managers, and government officials at all levels.

For selected items:

Part 2 Planning and Policy

Part 4 Science and Technology

Part 5 Conclusions