Water has always been a source of pride for people around the world.
But, increasingly, it is a key ingredient in our food supply.
In the last decade, it has been the target of a range of new and increasingly sophisticated technologies, including chemical pesticides and biofuels.
In recent years, water has also been the subject of increased regulation, including restrictions on the use of water in agricultural production and the regulation of water quality.
A new regulatory framework for the chemical industry is needed to address the increasing concerns around water, according to a new report from the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IIID).
The report’s author, Dr Sivir Chatterjee, said the introduction of a new regulatory regime for the use and management of water, including in biofuel production, could lead to a “huge transformation in the way we think about the water industry”.
“The water sector is not the only sector to be affected by new technologies,” she said.
“We have seen the effects of these technologies on the water supply, on fish stocks, on biodiversity and on aquaculture.”
These are all problems that the industry needs to address.
“Dr Chatterji added: “There are a lot of potential solutions in the water sector that could be part of this solution.
“If we think that water is not as critical as previously thought, then we could use a little more flexibility in our water supply planning.”
The report argues that new regulations could be introduced in a phased manner to allow for the creation of new products and to create new regulatory structures for the industry.
It also recommends that new water and wastewater technologies be developed to help reduce emissions of CO2, improve water quality and help to control the effects on marine life.
The report says that the new regulatory frameworks will also provide an opportunity for the development of new approaches to water supply management.
“The introduction of new regulatory regimes for the water and biofuel industries will enable us to improve water supply systems to meet our food needs and to address climate change,” said Dr Chatterjjee.
“In order to achieve these goals, we need to make sure that our existing and future water and biotechnology systems are in place to meet the needs of the global food system.”
In the meantime, the report recommends that the introduction and implementation of a variety of water technologies, like desalination, be made easier for water users, to ensure that water resources are protected, and that their management practices are efficient.