Water underpins life itself, and any look at sustainable development would be empty without due consideration of how the most fundamental of resources is to be managed. This is especially true in the face of what promises to be one of the biggest set of infrastructural developments the world has ever seen and the environmental impact that will consequently occur.

China’s own latest water regulations are among the world’s most stringent but how can such standards be promoted, upheld and enforced in emerging 3rd markets?

Scotland is held in high regard for its own water management and this session will look to draw upon some of this expertise in considering what issues need to be addressed in the roll out of the BRI. Ranging from upstream watercourse environmental management, geopolitical wrangling over water rights through to downstream water treatment solutions, an holistic approach is required from the very start of any new development project to ensure its long-term sustainability.

  • Do countries along the BRI have the necessary regulatory frameworks and enforcement mechanisms to cope with such development?
  • What role can the private sector play in good water stewardship?
  • Is there any best practice to use as a benchmark for good water resource management?
  • The impact of road infrastructure on local water courses is well documented: how can this be mitigated through technological solutions?