By managing water for nature’s needs, we can also meet our own
Growing cities and increased demands for food and energy are putting unprecedented pressure on our lakes, rivers and aquifers. We would need to invest more than a trillion dollars each year to build our way out of our water scarcity problem alone. Traditional solutions — such as dams, reservoirs and other types of man-made infrastructure — are proving too costly and unsustainable on their own. We must look to nature for solutions that build greater global water security.
In the last forty years alone, more than three-quarters of all wildlife connected to freshwater have disappeared, including fish, amphibians, birds and mammals.
If we accept our business as usual approach, additional infrastructure for hydropower, water supply and flood control could cause even more irreversible change to our rivers, lakes, natural habitats and communities.
"To ensure a sustainable future, all those with a stake in water - land managers, water utilities, hydropower operators, cities, conservation groups and corporations - must work together to increase investment in nature as a core part of the solution to today’s greatest water challenges."
The Nature Conservancy is working with these critical sectors to fundamentally change the way the world uses and manages water.
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Protect water at its source
Water funds can help protect and manage the forests and lands that our water travels through on the way to our faucets. By establishing more water funds, we can ensure better water quality to communities, protect critical habitat and safeguard water supplies for future generations.
Balance the needs of rivers and energy production
We are identifying realistic development pathways that will keep thousands of kilometers of free-flowing rivers intact and provide clean energy sources to people around the world.
Manage water wisely
We are creating community water trusts that leverage impact investments to balance the water needs of nature, communities and agriculture.
"Water is the silent currency that runs through the global economy."
Giulio Boccaletti, Ph.D., is the Chief Strategy Officer and Global Managing Director for Water at The Nature Conservancy. Trained as a scientist, Giulio is an expert on environmental and economic sustainability. In his role as Chief Strategy Officer, Giulio works with other members of the Executive Team to develop the organization’s strategy and apply economic and scientific practice to our conservation agenda.
As Global Managing Director of Water, he leads the world’s largest team of freshwater scientists, policy experts, economists and on-the-ground conservation practitioners. Giulio and his team at the Conservancy are working to identify, test and deploy innovative, large-scale strategies that demonstrate how investments in nature will enable us to secure the water we need to prosper.
He believes solving global water challenges, particularly in the face of
a changing climate, will determine the future sustainability of the
world economy and the health of the people and places that depend on
this vital natural resource. He has deep expertise on the intersection
of natural resources, public policy and business conduct.
Immediately prior to joining the Conservancy, Giulio was a partner at McKinsey and Company, where he founded the firm's Global Water Resource initiative and was one of the leaders of its Sustainability and Resource Productivity Practice. At McKinsey he served public and private sector institutions on issues of regulatory strategy and growth, focusing on resource economics. He led projects on the ground in Ethiopia, India, Jordan, South Africa, across Europe and the U.S. His clients included financial institutions, large manufacturing companies, food and beverage companies, mining companies, oil and gas companies, multilateral institutions and individual governments attempting sector transformation. He has published and presented on water security, resource economics and infrastructure finance.
Before joining McKinsey, he was a physical oceanographer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was a research associate specializing in geophysical fluid dynamics and climate science. His areas of expertise included monsoonal dynamics, thermocline theory, instability theory, the fluid dynamics of turbulence and the general circulation of the ocean. Giulio holds a master's degree in theoretical physics from the University of Bologna, Italy, and master's and doctorate degrees in atmospheric and oceanic sciences from Princeton University, where he was a NASA Earth Systems Science Fellow.
Giulio has been a member of the Global Agenda Council on Water of the World Economic Forum (WEF), and is a member of its Global Futures Council on Environment and Natural Resource Security.In 2014, WEF named him a Young Global Leader for his ability to act as a driving force in shaping a sustainable future. This community of next-generation leaders acts as a driving force in shaping a sustainable future and includes notable figures such as Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo, USA and Larry Page, Co-Founder and CEO of Google, USA.