Instituto Fernand Braudel de Economia Mundial - Associado à FAAP

China's water crisis

Water scarcity threatens “the survival of the Chinese nation”

When: 05/29/2012, at 7p.m.

China’s growing water shortages may impact its growth and stability, weakening its thrust as a global power as it embarks upon an assertive role in world affairs for the first time in its millennial history as a unified state. Water shortages may prove to be far more important for China’s future than the scandals and power struggles inside the Communist Party leadership that recently captured international attention. According to Premier Wen Jiabao, water scarcity threatens “the survival of the Chinese nation”.

Fernand Braudel Institute’s executive director Norman Gall has recently travelled through China for talks and field research. Back in São Paulo, in a lecture at Fundação Armando Álvares Penteado, Gall approached the subject of water scarcity by presenting a historic panorama, the impacts generated by pollution, erosion, river dry spells and receding aquifers. He also considered possible impacts in China’s political system as well as in the world economy, especially when it comes to its relationship with Brazil. The organisation invited as a debater Dr Gesner Oliveira, former president of Sabesp and now an international consultant on water problems in Asian countries.

The lecture is part of a series of events that celebrate Fernand Braudel Institute of World Economics’ 25 years of existence.

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