IWRA Webinar – N°24

Smart Water Management: Current Water Challenges Around the World

25 September 2019

IWRA’s webinar explored the application of SWM around the world and the results of the IWRA’s SWM Task Force.  The distinguished panel engaged on discussions on the various ways that SWM can be strengthened and improved in its implementation.  Some of the key areas included additional political and financial support but also a focus on improved coordination so that proprietary technology such as IP for smart water sensors can be better shared beyond a single company that develops them or between two states sharing a riparian resource, for instance.  Furthermore, it was emphasized these technologies need to be made more open to public participatory processes and rendered less technical.  Other panellists focused on the use of technical data for water use, and how gaps in this data can result in sub-optimal policy decisions that underscores the importance of collecting new and valid data.  Moreover, it was highlighted how data driven research and management can result in changes and challenges to organisations who manage water resources.  Finally, the different alternatives to bridge SWM to end users and key stakeholders, particularly in the rural and agricultural context, was pointed out.

The poll conducted during the webinar asked the question to participants on how to improve Smart Water Management and make it a smarter idea.  Results showed that an overwhelming majority believes building long-term frameworks is the right direction, while only a small percent felt that additional funding would be helpful.

With nearly 80 registrants, this event featured: Prof. Henning Bjornlund, Professor in Water Policy and Management, University of South Australia, and IWRA Board member; Dr. Frederick Lee, Executive Director of the Center for Water Technology and Policy, Hong Kong University; Dr. James Nickum, Editor-in-Chief Water International; and, Mary Trudeau, IWRA Water Security Project Officer. It was moderated by Scott McKenzie, PhD Candidate, University of British Columbia.

Presentations can be accessed by clicking on the titles below: