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Rivers are the lifeblood of human settlements providing a myriad of ecosystem services. As the global population passes 7 billion, the sustainable management of our rivers and water resources is crucial.
 
The 15th International Riversymposium, 8-11 October 2012 in Melbourne, VIC will look at Rivers in a Rapidly Urbanising World and will explore the intricately linked pressures on rivers as our urban population grows and expands.
 
Program focus areas will include environmental and human health impacts, food, water security and energy needs alongside topics including governance, economic drivers and poverty reduction. Managing rivers for a global population increase, climate and the advent of increased natural disasters (e.g. flooding) are also critical issues which will be addressed.

 
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