An innovation-based, sustainable and inclusive water policy research agenda: The Uruguayan case
Isabel Bortagaray, PhD, Honorary Research Fellow, Centre for Science, Technology & Innovation Indicators, HSRC & Institute for Sustainable Development, Innovation and Social Inclusion at the University of the Republic, Uruguay*
Date: 20 February 2018
Time: 12h00 – 14h00
Venues: Pretoria, Durban, Cape Town, PE and Sweetwaters
- Presentation by Isabel Bortagaray (Download pdf)
Water is one the fundamental pillars of socio-economic development at all levels. It is essential for life, health, food, energy, employment, as well as for protecting the environment. Water security is of concern in almost all corners of the world, and constitutes one of the main global risks in terms of its impact on development in general, and on the achievement of the SDGs in particular. The complexity and uncertainty related to water and climate change, and the pervasiveness of water throughout the different SDGs call for a policy rationale in which innovation is prioritised along with sustainability and social inclusion. Innovation is called to play a crucial role in these processes—not only because water services are still missing for large groups of the population, but also because water quality and water management impose fundamental technological and institutional challenges. The role of innovation is even greater when taking into account the urgent need to place sustainability at the core of the design and implementation of solutions.
This seminar aims to contribute towards a research agenda on water policy in relation to inclusive and sustainable development. In particular, it focuses on the case of water policy in Uruguay, examining three key issues: the recent launch of a national water plan by the Executive, an irrigation law that is under scrutiny as it embodies the tensions between the economic use of water, and the social and environmental dimensions of water that are prioritised by the Constitution.
*Isabel Bortagaray holds a PhD in public policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology (2007), and has an extensive research trajectory in the field of innovation, science, and technology policy in developing countries, including Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Panamá, and Uruguay.
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