A sustainable future needs new ways of thinking and creating interactions between the environmental, business and government sectors. In the coming decade there will be a crisis caused by the intersection of problems with food, water and energy security. And as more of the worlds population move to urban environments, that is the interface where the problems, and therefore the solutions, are to be found. These issues are high on the agenda of the upcoming United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (so-called Rio+20) to be held in Rio de Janeiro in 2012.
Business too is typically seen in conflict with environmental issues, yet providing security for food, water and energy, and thus a secure future for people, means business has a clear role in helping develop and provide solutions. But just how can business do this? What is the connection between business and biodiversity? And does a clear role mean more than simply burnishing the CSR programme? Examples of projects developed in the Gulf region, Europe, Asia and Australia are used to show how constructed ecosystems, better building design, and more engaged business can provide water and energy security, and contribute to alleviating food security.
About the speaker:
Peter Bridgewater obtained his PhD from the University of Durham (UK) and has been awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Resources Management from the University of New England, Australia. He is currently Chair of the UK Joint Nature Conservation Committee, previously having been Secretary General, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, Secretary, UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Programme and Chief Executive, Australian Nature Conservation Agency.