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GLIN==> world water day seminar

Dofasco Center for Engineering and Public Policy


Engineers Without Borders


World Water Day Seminar


Providing Water to Fight Global Poverty

Potential roles for engineers in developing countries

Date: March 22, 2007

Time: 7:00 pm

Where: JHE 342  please note the room change!




Dr. Zafar Adeel

Director, United Nations University,

International Network on Water, Environment and Health, Hamilton, ON


The scope of the global water crisis is immense. Nearly 1.2 billion people in the world

do not have access to safe drinking water and about 2.6 billion people are without

access to adequate sanitation. Lack of these very basic human necessities directly

impedes eradication of poverty. Creation of new water-related livelihood opportunities

can, and in a few cases already have, lift a community out of poverty and afford them a

better quality of life.

Engineers have a very important role to play in the provision of

clean water and proper sanitation to the developing world, which in

turn will aid in the process of poverty eradication.

Engineers have the necessary skills to:

? Design and deploy sustainable water infrastructure

? Train communities to tackle their own water related problems

? Help to develop operation and maintenance regimes for water

supply and sewerage systems

Background and Expertise

Dr. Adeel is an expert on water quality and resource management, with a focus on pollution control and

monitoring and water supply issues in arid climes. As the director of the UNU-INWEH in Hamilton he

oversees and directs the organization, administration and programmes of the institute. Dr. Adeel has

extensive experience in developing regional and international environmental policies and in advising on

related governance issues. Dr. Adeel received his Ph.D in Civil and Environmental Engineering from

Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.



Dr. Gail Krantzberg

Professor and Director

Dofasco Centre for Engineering and Public Policy

McMaster University

1280 Main St. W.

ITB 109

Hamilton, ON, L2S 4K1

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