Title: The Water Cycle in the Urban Sustainability Debate in Latin American Growing Cities
Speaker: Susana Torres Lopez, PhD candidate at ICTA-UAB
Moderator: Beatriz Rodríguez Labajos
Date: Wednesday, 8th February 2017
Urban sustainability studies the connection between cities and their environment as a complex holistic system where multiple sectors are involved (social, economic, physical, politics, etc.), where environmental coexists with economics development, politics decisions and social well-being.
On the other hands, since 1962 more than half of population in Latin American lives in cities and their intermediate cities have limited capacity to response this rapid growing; water has became in the middle of studies due to it is at focus of sustainable development and is necessary for socio-economic development, healthy ecosystems and for human survival itself. Therefore, the development of water resources for economic growth, social equity and environmental sustainability will be closely linked with the sustainable development of cities.
At the interplay of these interconnected elements, my communication aims at presenting a framework to examine the water cycle sustainability in Latin American growing cities. In order to identify how the change of cities affects the water cycle, three aspects have been reviewed in the literature: the water cycle, relationship water resource-city, and water equity. An operative framework for sustainability is included that considers the environmental, social, institutional and economic dimension. The framework is exemplified with secondary data from Latin America growing cities, using the case of Santo Domingo de los Colorados, Ecuador, as a showcase.
Susana Torres Lopez is an Environmental Engineer from the Central University of Ecuador (2010) and holds a Master degree in Ecological Economics from the Faculty of Social Sciences -FLACSO located in Ecuador (2012). Currently, she is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA-UAB). Her research interests are urban sustainability, water resources, environmental accounting and ecological economics. Her current research focuses on the water accounting at the urban level in support to study the urban sustainability in the context of growing Latin American cities