According to experts, in the 21st century, “blue gold” will replace “black gold” (oil). To businesses, all economies, and the ecosystems that provide the natural capital for those economies, water scarcity represents the most significant risk imaginable. The key threat inherent in scarcity is that water cannot be replaced.
Climate change is already causing extreme events in many watersheds, impacting communities. Recent studies show that water is one of the most vulnerable sectors, set to impact the greatest number of countries relative to the other sectors. According to McKinsey, two-thirds of businesses face substantial water risk, indirect operations, or in their value chain.
Edurne Gil de San Vicente, Program Director, Water Alliance has been an advocate for sustainable practices and responsible consumption for 20 years. She has been promoting systems shift pivoting toward Sustainability, working with different stakeholders in public, private, and non-profit sectors. Driven by impact, Edurne has developed programs, engaged in policymaking, and played advocacy roles across Europe and in the UAE. She now focuses on youth empowerment through her work at Water Alliance, a Dubai-based NGO. Enabling and mentoring the next generation of water stewards, Edurne encourages youth to take action and become change agents in their communities for a more sustainable and inclusive future for all.
Listen full episode of the Re: Think Podcast Ep.7: Water is the new gold: How Businesses and Society Can Address The Water Scarcity Crisis with Edurne Gil de San Vicente, Program Director, WaterAlliance
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