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International Conference “Water, Megacities and Global Change”

December 1 - December 4

Eaumega 2020

UNESCO’s Division of Water Sciences, the Research-Communities Association in the Water Sector in Ile-de-France (ARCEAU-IdF, Association Recherche Collectivités dans le domaine de l’EAU Ile de France), the Greater Paris Sanitation Authority (SIAAP, Syndicat Interdépartemental pour l’Assainissement de l’Agglomération Parisienne) and the Greater Paris Metropolis are organizing the 2nd International Conference on “Water, Megacities and Global Change” (EauMega 2020), on 1-4 December 2020, at UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris, France.

The main challenges related to this theme have changed little over the past five years despite the constant increase in the number of megacities, the augmentation of scientific communications alerting on the negative effects of climate change, and the population growth within these megacities.

The EauMega 2020 conference responds to the need to consider the challenges of megacities from a water perspective, and vice-versa, as their interdependence is strong and their management deeply linked.

Objectives of the conference

  • Produce a scientific and technical overview of water management in Megacities in order to identify and update the most important issues,
  • Strengthen the dialogue between science and policy actors, and
  • Officially launch the Megacities Alliance for Water and Climate (MAWAC). MAWAC aims to provide a platform for Megacities to share their experiences and challenges, propose solutions, and to obtain access to technical and financial support for programmes and projects, enabling them to successfully overcome the challenges of climate change.