By Martin Zoffmann
1. Why is it so important to focus on water management?
If we want to achieve green growth and if we want to reduce poverty in the world, water plays a crucial role.
However, we should not only talk about securing access to water but go beyond that and think of water as a pivotal engine for development in general.
Water is crucial for production, transport, and furthermore, water can become an even more important source of energy than it already is today.
Therefore, efficient and innovative water management is crucial in order to create positive development on a global scale.
2. Do you see a burning platform?
Yes, to some extent I do. Some people say the wars of the future will be about water and not oil. That water is the oil of the future.
But if we have the right policies for e.g. managing the trans- boundary rivers correctly, there will be no wars. However, if we do not start early, we may face a bad situation.