Sustainable Water Consumption
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 September 2016) | Viewed by 60438
Interests: Water footprint; International trade; Ecosystem impact assessment; Uncertainty assessment; Life cycle assessment
Sustainable water consumption is a major challenge for the increasing global population. Already now, a large share of population is suffering from water scarcity and water consumption is a main driver of ecosystem damage. The distribution of the resource and its consumption make it a critical resource in many regions. Problems are intensified rather than mitigated in a globalized world, since prices and costs of production (e.g., agriculture) are guiding economies rather than environmental impacts, and water management is often driven by the demand and not the availability.
For this Special Issue we invite contributions that address the problem of sustainable water consumption from different perspectives. Especially biomass production needs some rethinking: What are efficient ways of producing healthy food, sustainable energy, and fiber from a water resource perspective? How can food waste be reduced to avoid overproduction? Where should production happen and do we need to abandon current practices? It is important to link global production and markets to local problems and vice versa. Quantifying environmental and social impacts and benefits is needed too, since agriculture is still the main income in many economies of the world. Additionally, industrial production and households are relevant: improved efficiency and savings are often more sustainable than technical solutions (e.g., water storage, transfers, desalination) and alternative approaches for sustainable water management are needed.
Dr. Stephan Pfister
Dr. Brad Ridoutt
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- water depletion
- water footprint
- environmental impacts
- sustainable development
- international trade
- water efficiency
- water transfers
- alternative water supply systems