Invitation – New IWRA Webinar on
Sustainability of Engineered Rivers in Arid Lands (SERIDAS):
Response to Critical Challenges
Thursday, June 17th 2021
From 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm CET
This is the second IWRA seminar on the sustainability of engineered rivers in arid lands (SERIDAS). Last September we reviewed current and emerging problems faced by the nine rivers from six continents that we included in the SERIDAS project: loss of reservoir volume due to sedimentation, reduced water supply due to climate change and climate variation, continued use of inefficient irrigation techniques, broken distribution systems and declining environmental flows. All of this reduces/threatens food production, urban water supply and protection of the environment.
This time we focus on response strategies: how should managers and users of SERIDAS rivers respond to reduced water supply and still maintain or restore river sustainability? To illustrate, we discuss two strategies: increased stakeholder participation in river management and carefully planned interbasin water transfers. We then review recommended policy responses for two of our rivers - Yellow and Colorado. We conclude with a new definition of SERIDAS river sustainability: Governments and river managers must carefully determine the river’s dependable yield, even under drought conditions; use the result for negotiating water allocations with users; and draft and regularly update a river sustainability plan.
On July 31, 2021 Cambridge University Press will publish the findings of the SERIDAS project in their UNESCO Hydrology Series: Sustainability of Engineered Rivers in Arid Lands: Challenge and Response, edited by Jurgen Schmandt, Ayşegül Kibaroğlu, Regina Buono and Sephra Thomas. The volume includes case studies of the rivers included in the project based on their importance for world food production. This is followed by an analysis of the challenges the rivers face. We conclude with social, economic and technical policy responses that we recommend.
The webinar will feature time for audience engagement and questions.
Participation is free and open to all.
Audience questions are encouraged.
- How to Improve Stakeholder Participation in River Management
- Improve water use by Intelligent Water Transfers Between River Basins
- Yellow River Basin: Sustainability as Dialectic
- Colorado River Basin: Transformative Change Through Incrementalism
- A New Definition of River Sustainability
Moderator: Stephanie Glenn, Program Director, Houston Advanced Research Center-HARC
- John Berggren, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA
- Aysegül Kibaroglu, MEF University, Istanbul, Turkey
- Antonio R. Magalhães, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- James E Nickum, Water International, Editor-in-Chief
- Eduardo Sávio, Research Foundation of Meteorology and Water Resources, Brazil
- Jurgen Schmandt, University of Texas and Houston Advanced Research Program, USA
- Jia Shaofeng, Institute of Geopolitical Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Presented by: Scott McKenzie, PhD Candidate, University of British Columbia
We look forward to your participation and a fruitful debate!
Upcoming IWRA Master Class & Webinars in 2021!
- 30 June: Groundwater Success Stories Webinar Series #1
- 1 July – 7 October: Master Classes on Water Cooperation & Diplomacy
- 21 September: EU COST Land4Flood Webinar
- 19 November: World Toilet Day 2021