Can ICT address water supply problems towards 2020?

logoIFIP122nd IFIP World Computer Congress, 24-26 September 2012. Amsterdam. The Netherlands

As developing countries industrialise and incomes rise, the pressure on fresh water resources will increase further. Inevitably, as demand is increasing, tensions are manifesting at the national and international level. Where do we look for solutions to manage our water resources?

Information technology may have some answers. It can operationalise economic models such as adaptive pricing, targeted subsidies, and transfer of technology. It can also look for innovative solutions which would not have been possible without ICT, such as virtual water markets, transparent ownership and usage rights, water credits, and low water-based economic growth models.

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