Asu Celebrates World Water Day with Official Launch of Global Futures Water Institute


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Water is a "building block for life as we know it," and "we now have to understand how to move water solutions forward instead of preaching about what the problems are," Upmanu Lall, director of Arizona State University's new Global Futures Water Institute, told a World Water Day event at ASU last week.

"We have a society that has already managed to figure out how to overcome many obstacles, and we now have to understand how to move water solutions forward instead of preaching about what the problems are."

According to a UN report, more than 3 billion people around the world don't have access to clean drinking water and 2 billion people don't have proper sanitation services, the Arizona Republic reports.

"The water crisis is just one of many of these interconnected pressure points that we have placed on the life supporting systems of our planet," Peter Schlosser, vice president and vice provost of ASU's Global Futures Laboratory, said at the event.

"At the end of the day, it's all about enhancing decision-making with information to structure models and mechanisms to help that decision-making to be implemented."

The Global Futures Water Institute will focus on three main areas: financing mechanisms, policy instruments, and field implementation strategies, according to a press

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