Sustainable supplies of water and energy are critical elements for urban development.

Research by the World Resources Institute (WRI) finds that conflicts between water and energy are intensified in China due to rapid increases in water and energy demand associated with the rapid urbanization.

Such conflicts are also intensified because decision-makers ignored the inter-linkages between water and energy. Desalinating seawater or transferring water over long distances, or treating wastewater, for example, significantly increase the energy requirements associated with providing freshwater to urban dwellers.

Because of the strong linkages between water and energy, public and private sector decision-makers need to better understand water-energy dynamics and learn how to manage these resources in an integrated manner.

This seminar showcased new research from WRI, GWP, WWF and other research institutes on the water-energy nexus in an urban context. During the seminar, both public and private sectors shared their perspectives on managing water-energy dynamics in an urban setting, and the implications for sustainable urban development.

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