The GW4 Water Security Alliance hosted a very interesting meeting in Bristol last week on “delivering water security through co-designed research”. The topics varied widely, from the impact of anti-depressants on fish behaviour (apparently the fish hatch more eggs), the affects of micro plastics in water and detecting the presence of cray fish by recording the unique sounds they emit.
Most relevant to this project was the keynote speaker Murray Biedler from the UNESCO World Water Assessment Programme. He spoke about the importance of considering the water, energy, food and ecosystems (WEFE) nexus when trying to find sustainable solutions to climate change. The European commission have just published a position paper position paper on this two weeks ago. It is very promising to see the WEFE nexus highlighted because of its significance for Central Asian water supplies.