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
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