The realities of today’s global economic crisis, declining ecological situation, and tenuous international political climate create both serious challenges and great opportunities for optimal resource utilization. To thrive in the earth’s resource-limited environment and ensure long-term sustainability will require a dramatic shift from the current approach. Effective resource management and development solutions that have minimal ecological impact and are financially viable can be comprehensive and balanced strategies to address inevitable resource constraints.
In this context, WATEC 2009 makes crisis the catalyst for technological innovation, policy change, and optimal resource utilization. The conference introduces international successes and promising advancements for sustainable development, focusing on recent achievements and emerging solutions for the coming years.