The University of Virginia sponsored a day-long discussion on sustainable water usage Friday, bringing in speakers from around the world to offer different cultural perspectives.
It is called the World Water Day Symposium.
Jamie Pittock, a lecturer from the Australian National University, talked about managing natural waterways in the face of a changing climate and rising population demand. He argued, ultimately, the responsibility belongs to local governments.
"When it comes to adapting to a changing climate, particularly with water, the solutions really have to be local, because it's the local people who understand best how their rivers work, what sorts of things the local community values,” Pittock said.
The symposium also featured an afternoon session with two speakers from South Africa.