How is the value of water defined and what is it based on? How do we understand the value vs price dichotomy? How can we help value this (undervalued) resource, in line with the best practices of governance and sustainable management?
Since discussion is a touchstone for action and change, these and other issues are discussed by renowned figures in the sector, including Sérgio Hora Lopes (APDA), André Regueiro (DECO), Jaime Melo Baptista (LNEC/LIS-Water) and Pedro Perdigão, CEO at INDAQUA Group.
Among the issues addressed are the difference between the value and the price of water, how the sector should promote greater environmental awareness among users, the importance of raising consumer awareness of the value of water and its efficient use.
Moreover, good governance practices must be followed to ensure the economic, social and environmental sustainability of the sector, the relevance of the user-pays principle in the investments that management entities must implement and the financing of the sector, carried out through various national and European mechanisms.