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WRI Media Advisory: Drinking from the Same Well: What Water Scarcity Means for Business & Society

Submitted by: World Resources Institute

Categories: Community Development

Posted: Mar 14, 2004 – 11:00 PM EST


Mar. 14 /CSRwire/ - WASHINGTON -
WHAT: Businesses that are highly dependent on water for their products, and those who are in water intensive industries are developing new strategies and business models to partner with civil society to help address water scarcity.

As part of WRI’s Seventh Sustainable Enterprise Summit, representatives of industry and civil society will discuss strategies for meeting the water needs of people while preserving freshwater ecosystems.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 17, 2004 from 1:15-2:30pm

WHERE: Watergate Hotel
2650 Virginia Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20037
(800) 289-1555

WHO: George Carpenter, director, corporate sustainable development, Procter & Gamble

Christopher E. Williams, manager, river basin conservation policy, WWF International

Jud Hill, managing director, Aqua International

Moderated by: Carmen Revenga, water program senior associate, WRI

WHY: Over the past century, world water withdrawals have increased almost twice as fast as population. Society is using groundwater at a faster rate than Earth’s ecosystems can replenish it. How does the looming water crisis affect businesses that depend on water for their products? What are the trends and opportunities?

Industry and civil society are working together to find new strategies to meet the water needs of people while preserving freshwater ecosystems – through product development, process changes, water pricing, privatization and transboundary water management.

WRI’s Seventh Sustainable Enterprise Summit will take place on March 17-18, 2004 at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, DC. “Today’s Challenges, Tomorrow’s Markets” will bring together innovative corporate leaders and sustainability experts to explore solutions that corporations can provide in response to today’s most pressing global challenges, and, in so doing, position themselves as the competitive enterprises of the future.

For more information on WRI’s Seventh Sustainable Enterprise Summit, please visit

For more information, please contact:

Christopher Lagan WRI Media Officer
Phone: +1-(202) 729-7684


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