Global Water Ecosystem : past, present, future?
Meristö, Tarja; Laitinen, Jukka (2018)
Finland Futures Research Centre
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Water resources at the globe are among the critical elements of life conditions not only for biological processes but for industry as well. It is not only the water consumption for different kind of purposes but also the destroying of water reserves by many ways. This paper is based on the research project Circle, financed by European Regional Development Fund. The project will focus on opportunities for energy recycling, nutrients re-use, water reserves recycling and reducing of water use as well as opportunities for technology development. The geographical focus is on the global issues although the web survey results are based on the Finnish perspectives. In this paper we will present trends affecting the future of water service business in the long run, actors forming the water ecosystem as well as preliminary scenarios and visionary concepts concerning the future in water business. The data for this paper has been collected by a web-survey sent to actors in water ecosystem, but also from student work in Laurea UAS in spring 2017. Circle is an ongoing project until end November 2018.