MIAMI (PRWEB) March 25, 2014
Meital Stavinsky, a shareholder at the Miami office of the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP, spoke on a recent panel discussion titled, “Israeli Innovations in Water Technology: Case Studies” at the Israel and Water: Scarcity, Innovation and Cooperation conference at American University in Washington, D.C.
The conference covered various issues related to water stress, the politics of water, and technological innovations aimed at relieving water shortages. Highlighting diverse Israeli approaches to water management, the symposium brought together environmental practitioners, engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs, investors, academics, government officials and other stakeholders to explore various facets of water-related innovation and cooperation.
Stavinsky’s panel focused on technological innovations in Israel, considered the “Silicon Valley” of water management. Specifically, Stavinsky shared insights related to the critical role water plays in agriculture, which has come to the forefront in light of droughts in major agricultural-producing regions such as California and other regions in the U.S. and globally. She also discussed the benefits to the U.S. of increasing the implementation of Israeli innovations in the agriculture, water and alternative energy sectors, supporting Israel’s intensive research and development efforts to address these global challenges, and increasing the collaboration between the two countries..
According to the World Economic Forum’s 2014 Global Risk Report, water is recognized as one of the highest global risks, alongside the economy, unemployment, food shortage and extreme weather patterns. Some 20 percent of the world's population faces water shortage today, and that number is expected to reach 50 percent in 50 years.
“Since about 80 percent of global water use is applied to agriculture, water shortages and water stress pose a serious threat to food security around the world,” Stavinsky said. “Advances in technology are some of the most powerful resources to address the food-water scarcity. I am grateful for the opportunity to share some best practices in the application of technology to agriculture and water management and other learnings from our counterparts in Israel. Many of these companies are leading the charge worldwide in the development and adoption of successful water management solutions.”
At Greenberg Traurig, Stavinsky focuses her law practice on government law and policy, primarily advising Cleantech companies in the areas of renewable energy, alternative fuel transportation and infrastructure, energy efficiency, water and waste treatment, green materials and green buildings. She routinely serves as a speaker at conferences and seminars in the U.S. and Israel on Cleantech and Israel-related matters.
About the Greenberg Traurig Miami office
The Greenberg Traurig Miami office, founded in 1967 by attorneys with a business-focused approach and a tradition of community service, has actively supported and helped drive South Florida's growth as an international financial and cultural center and gateway between the United States, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The office is known for its “Miami Roots, Global Reach.” The attorneys advise local, national and international companies in numerous industries and sectors, including aviation, entertainment, financial institutions, health care, international trade and customs, manufacturing, real estate, retail and technology. In Florida, Greenberg Traurig serves clients from across seven offices in Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Orlando, Tampa, Tallahassee and West Palm Beach.
About Greenberg Traurig, LLP
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