Instituto Fernand Braudel de Economia Mundial - Associado à FAAP

How much water is there in São Paulo?

When: 08/10/2014, at 6:00 p.m.

The water crisis in São Paulo is not merely a local problem. In the world today, there are 33 megacities with over 10 million people, while in 1950 there was only one metropolis of this size (New York). These megacities exert huge pressures on limited water resources. São Paulo, México and Beijing are amongst the 11 cities with populations above 20 million people, and are being pressured due to the restrictions on available water. With extreme climactic events taking place around the world, São Paulo is in the midst of a historic drought with its primary source of water being the reservoir, Sistema Cantareira, reduced to 5.8% of its capacity. While Mexico and Beijing extract, with difficulty, underground waters, these resources are more limited in Greater São Paulo.

What are we going to do with this? How long will it take to recover our water sources? How do we administer the scarcity? In this seminar we will hear specialists in hydrology evaluate the situation and possible solutions. The seminar invites professor Antonio Carlos Zuffo from Unicamp, Rubem Porto of USP, Reginaldo Bertolo from the Center of Research ofr Underground Waters of USP, Mauro Arce, the Secretary of Hydric Resources of the state of São Paulo, and Roberto Pompeu de Toledo, a member of our institute, a historian and a columnist for the magazine Veja.

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