Investing millions to unlock billions – Water as Leverage as the missing link to solve urban water challenges

A flooded house in Semarang, Indonesia (credits: Cynthia van Elk)

Water is an essential resource for all life on earth. However, the challenges of climate change and population growth and urbanization have placed unprecedented stress on our water systems. To address these challenges, the Water as Leverage initiative is hosting an event on March 22 as part of the New York Water Week. Here, they will demonstrate and scale the ambition of Water as Leverage as an approach for worldwide urban climate resilience, through water.

The Water as Leverage initiative is focused on harnessing the power of water to drive sustainable and equitable development. This method connects climate and water action finance to local needs for innovative and integral infrastructure investment, through an inclusive process. Water can be a catalyst for positive change, unlocking significant social, economic, and environmental benefits. To achieve this goal, the initiative partners with cities and regions around the world to develop innovative solutions to water-related challenges.

The people of Chennai lining up for water during a drought (credits: Cynthia van Elk)

The "Climate Impact and Financing Adaptation - Investing Millions to Unlock Billions" event will showcase the ongoing WaL project in the Colombian city of Cartagena, with key note speakers from the Colombian government and the European Investment Bank. The event will highlight the crosscutting nature of Water as Leverage initiatives, goal is to demonstrate that investing in water management and adaptation can be a powerful engine for growth and development.

Overall, the event promises to be a thought-provoking and informative event. With its focus on innovative solutions to the global water crisis and the financing mechanisms to support them, the event is sure to be of interest to policymakers, water managers, investors, and concerned citizens alike. Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about how water can be a lever for positive change! Want to be present at this event? Send an email to [email protected] to sign up. For more information, visit the event page. Wondering what other amazing events we have lined up for you? Visit our event program to find out more. We hope to see you soon!