2017 C.Y O’Connor Lecture

Meeting THE Big Water-Related Challenges of the Next 20 Years

Professor Paul Hardisty, Former Director CSIRO Land and Water, Adjunct Professor UWA & Author.

The coming decades will be a time of huge change and massive challenges, for Australia and the world. Population growth and increasing expectations for a materially comfortable lifestyle are key drivers. Providing water, food, biodiversity and energy in sufficient quantity and quality will be one of our biggest challenges. Studies suggest food production will have to double by 2050 to meet projected needs.

However, it is water scarcity that already affects much of the world. Climate change exacerbates the problem, shifting rainfall patterns, melting glaciers and affecting water supply and agricultural productivity. The good news is that there are solutions to all of our water, energy, food and climate challenges while protecting, and even repairing, the natural world. This lecture explores some of these solutions and encourages us to become better aware and to actively participate in the challenges ahead.

Until January, Prof Hardisty was Director of CSIRO Land and Water which focuses on research into land and water resources, ecosystems and climate adaptation. Paul holds a PhD in Environmental Engineering, is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Australia and a Visiting Professor at Imperial College, University of London.

All welcome. Light refreshments will be served after the lecture (which will run for approx. 40 min + 10-15min question time).

The 2017 CY O’Connor Lecture is hosted by the National Trust of Western Australia and is generously supported by the Water Corporation.

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