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Scottish expertise on waters on show in Brussels

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Of all our natural resources, water is the most vital for our continued existence on the planet.

Scotland’s James Hutton Institute has been successful in bidding for a place in this year’s European Green Week event taking place in Brussels.

This will be the 12th Green Week which is the biggest annual conference on European environment policy. It takes place from the 22 May to 25 May. This year’s theme is “Water” and the James Hutton Institute’s inclusion for the first time is highly appropriate as the year-old organisation is host to the Scottish Government’s Centre of Expertise for Waters (CREW).

The Green Week organisers say that during some 40 sessions, the conference will focus on water and the need for this valuable resource to be used properly and sparingly. Another focus of the event will be systems and technologies for avoiding pollution of our rivers, seas and oceans.

Professor Bob Ferrier has a dual role, as Director of Research Impact at the James Hutton Institute and also Director of the Centre of Expertise for Waters. He says: “Of all our natural resources, water is the most vital for our continued existence on the planet.

“The UN predicts that by 2025, 66 per cent of the world’s population will face water shortages. Unsafe water and poor sanitation account for more than 2.2 million deaths a year. We face some really tough challenges in the year ahead and Scotland is lucky enough to have a great deal of scientific expertise and know-how to play a major role in helping to find solutions.”

Green Week offers a unique opportunity for debate and exchanges of experience and best practice. Over the past decade, the conference has established itself as an unmissable event for anyone involved with protecting the environment. The 2011 session attracted more than 3000 participants from government, business and industry, non-governmental organisations, academia and the media.

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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.