Events in 2011
World Water Council 43rd Board of Governors meeting
This meeting was organised on 14-15 November in Rome at the headquarters of the FAO and was attended by Prof. Jun Xia. During this meeting, the Governors voted for Daegu Metropolitan City (Republic of Korea) to host the 7th World Water Forum in 2015. To conclude this meeting, the Governors expressed their desire to reinforce cooperation between the World Water Council and the FAO, in order to place the issues of agriculture and food at the heart of water’s political agenda, in particular during the 6th World Water Forum, which will be held in Marseille on 12-17 March 2012.
World Lake Conferences
The International Lake Environment Committee (ILEC) and the River Systems Institute–Texas State University co-sponsored the 1 4th World Lake Conference, which was held in Austin, Texas, USA, from 31 October to 4 November, 2011. The conference provided an interactive international forum for the exchange of knowledge and experiences on important lake and reservoir science, management and governance issues.
Gabriel Eckstein, IWRA Treasurer, chaired a technical session about Water Policy and Customs. Link to the final Programme
Chinese Water Resources Vice-Minister, Mr. Jiao Yong, met with the IWRA delegation
Vice Minister Jiao Yong met with the IWRA delegation led by Prof. Jun Xia Jun on 28 October 2011. Former IWRA Presidents, Prof. Asit K.Biswas and Prof. Cecilia Tortajada and officials and experts from the Ministry of Water Resources joined the meeting.
To see photos, please go to the Chinese Ministry of Water Resources Website.
Xi’an International Symposium
The International Symposium on Impact of Climate Change on Water Resources in arid and semi-arid regions was sponsored and organized by IWRA, International Association of hydrological Science (IAHS) and Xi’an University of Technology.
Prof. Jun Xia (IWRA President) was the chairman of the Scientific Committee; Prof. Cecilia Tortajada (IWRA Past President) and Prof. James Nickum (IWRA General Secretary) were members of the Scientific Committee. Other four IWRA Board members attended the symposium: Prof. Gabriel Eckstein (IWRA Treasurer), Prof. Giuseppe Rossi (IWRA Vice-President), Mr. Rafael izquierdo and Prof. Chan Ngai Weng (IWRA Directors). Almost 800-1000 participators at the 1st day attended the event. Other key persons participated such as: Pierre Hubert (President of IAHS), Janos J. Bogardi (Executive Officer of GWSP) as members of Scientific Committee, Yu Wanchum (Director of IWRA-Qingdao Center) and representatives of the Chinese Vice Minister of Water Resources, etc.
During the event, Prof. Jun Xia was awarded by “The International Prize for Outstanding Contributions to Water Management” of The Third World Center for Water Management (TWCWM). The award was given by Prof. Asit K. Biswas, TWCWM President and former IWRA President. For information, please follow this link:http://www.thirdworldcentre.org/prizetwcwm11.html
IWRA was a supporting organisation of this event. Hydro2011 was organised by The international Journal of Hydropower and Dams in Prague, Czech Republic from 17 to 19 October 2011 and the main theme was “Practical Solutions for a Sustainable Future”. You can download the official programme of this event here.
The 6th China International Water Business Summit
IWRA was an endorser of this event. This event was co-organised on 13-14 October 2011 in Beijing, China by the Department of Water Resources Management of the Ministry of Water Resources of the People’s Republic of China and Chinese Hydraulic Engineering Society, with the support of many international and local authoritative institutions. The purpose of the event was to assess the past while looking into the opportunities arising from market insights, Private Public Partnership project practice, financing & investment and technological innovation in waste water treatment, desalination, and water reuse.
IWRA Board Meeting during the XIVth IWRA World Water Congress
IWRA held a board meeting on 27 September 2011, in Porto-de-Galinhas, Brazil.
Board members worked together on different institutional topics such as:
• financial situation,
• membership situation,
• IWRA Activities including the current World Water Congress and the upcoming XVthWorld Water Congress in Granada, in 2014,
• publications including Water international.
XIVth IWRA World Water Congress
Stockholm World Water Week
IWRA co-convened a session entitled “Which Water Quality for Which Uses ? A regulators’ and practioners’ perspective” on 25 August with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the French National Committee (AFEID) of International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID), the French Chapter of the International Water Association (ASTEE), the French National Committee of International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and World Health Organization (WHO).
The urbanisation of river basins and the increasing scarcity of good quality resources demands balance between the management of water supply and demand; and requires more clarity on the different water qualities needed for the various uses. The session brought together experts to present and discuss the current status of water quality guidelines for various uses ranging from health, leisure, agriculture to ecosystems. The session also served as an input for IWRA’s participation at the upcoming 6th World Water Forum on the topic of water quality and quantity guidelines. You can download the programme of this event HERE. You can also consult the World Water Week website.
IWP-IWRA-JICA workshop during the 2011 Singapore Water Week
A Workshop on “Urban Water Quality Policies and Governance Practices in Asia: Present status and future challenges” was coorganised by IWRA, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and the Institute ofWater Policy (IWP) of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP) and at the National University of Singapore (NUS) during the Singapore Water Week on 5 July 2011. The report of the conference will be published in the Volume 36, Issue 6 of Water International (October 2011).
VIth EWRA International Symposium
This Symposium about “Water Engineering and Management in a Changing Environment” was held in Catania, Italy, from June 29 to July 2 2011.
The symposium has gathered almost 100 scientists and practitioners from 20 countries, providing a forum of discussion about different topics related to hydrologic extremes, climate change assessment, irrigation, water supply and distribution systems, water quality management and status of implementation of EU Water Framework Directives.
The event has been organised by Prof. Giuseppe Rossi (University of Catania) Vice-President of IWRA, Prof. Antonino Cancelliere (University of Catania) IWRA member and Prof. George Tsakiris (National Technical University of Athens, Greece) President of EWRA.
Five keynote speeches were included in the program and in particular:
• Breaking the hydro-illogical cycle: progress or status quo for drought preparedness (Prof. Donald Wilhite, University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
• WFD river basin management planning in the context of climate change adaptation – policy and research trends (Philippe Quevauviller, University of Brussels, Belgium)
• Water quality models for river and stream. State of the art and future perspectives (Marcello Benedini, Italian Hydrotechnical Association)
• Facing challenges on water resources management when searching for a sustainable adaptation to climate change focusing agriculture (Luis S. Pereira, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal)
• Integrating hydrological and global circulation models for studying climate change impacts at the river catchment scale (Jacques Ganoulis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)
During the symposium, Prof. Marcello Benedini, former Director of IWRA during 1992-94, has been awarded a special recognition for his contribution to the development of EWRA.
Selected papers from the proceedings will be published in special issues of EWRA journals Water Resources Management, European Water and Water Utility Journal.
42th Board of Governors meeting - World Water Council
IWRA President Jun Xia attended the World Water Council board of governors meeting
from 9 to 10 June in Marseille, France.
Hydrogaïa is a new international event organised by the water community in Montpellier which took place from 25 to 27 May 2011.
The event aims to be a major professional exhibition for the water sector. IWRA and the network of the Languedoc Institute of Research on Water and the Environment (ILEE) organised a series of scientific conferences. A number of IWRA experts participated at this year’s conferences to address issues revolving around Water Governance; Mediterranean perspectives on water management; and Water Reuse. The outputs of the sessions has also been disseminated for wider use and provide linkage to other events such as the upcoming WorldWater Forum.
IWRA Board meeting
During Hydrogaia event, IWRA held a board meeting from 25 to 26 May.
Board members worked together on different institutional topics such as:
• publ ications report
• membership situation
• recommendations of the IWRA Awards Committee.
• Advances on the planning of the upcoming world water congress and selection process of the bids for the XVth World Water Congress which will be organised in 2014.
• IWRA’s involvement in the World Water Forum.
International conferences in Tashkent, Uzbekistan
IWRA participated to the meeting “Towards the 6th World Water Forum - Cooperative Actions for Water Security was held in Tashkent (Uzbekistan) from 12 to 13 May 2011.
The proceedings of the conferences and the final resolution of this event are available following this link.
Granada International Workshop
An international workshop on “Water Pricing and Public-Private Sectors in Efficient Urban Water Management” was organised in Granada, from 9 to 11 May 2011 by the Third World Centre for Water Management, IWRA, Global Water Intelligence and the University of Granada.
IWRA Celebrates World Water Day
World Water Day was held on 22 March this year with the theme of “Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge”.
Multiple events were co-organised between UN-HABITAT, UN-Water and The African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW) in Capetown, South Africa. IWRA co-organised this event.
Also on World Water Day (22 March 2011), the Secretariat of the Indian Geographical Committee of IWRA and the Central Board of Irrigation & Power (CBIP) organised a Seminar titled “Water for Inclusive Growth”. The seminar was jointly organised by the Government of the State of Gujarat, Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited (SSNNL), Central Board of Irrigation and Power (CBIP) and supported by IWRA. This event was part of the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of the formation of the State of the Gujarat in India. At this occasion, Prof. Ngai Weng Chan, Executive Board Director represented IWRA President and wrote a brief report available following this LINK.
IVth International Experts Meeting in Zaragoza, Spain
The IVth International Experts Meeting on “Water Management and Climate Change: Dealing with Uncertainties” took place from 28 February to 1-2 March in Zaragoza, Spain. This meeting was organised by the International Centre for Water and Environment (CIAMA) and the Aragon Water Institute (Ministry of Environment of Aragon, Spain); with the collaboration of the Third World Centre for Water Management and IWRA.
UN-Water Meeting for the Rio+20 Summit in Bangkok, Thailand On 20 January.
The objective of UN-Water being for water to be included as a key topic of the Rio+20 Summit. As a partner of UN-Water, IWRA is aiming to be engaged in this process by participating at upcoming meetings, helping to convene events and by contributing to knowledge generation and dissemination. A Report on IWRA's participation to this event has been writen by Prof. Chan.
The 2nd Stakeholder Meeting of the World Water Forum in Paris, France
The 2nd Stakeholder Meeting of the upcoming 6th World Water Forum on 17 January was attended by IWRA, where the association was active in participating in three of the 15 thematic processes:
- Balance Multiple Uses through IWRM.
- Respond to climate and global changes in an urbanising world and;
- Good governance.