International Water Association IWA Specialist Conference, SKUKUZA, SOUTH AFRICA, 09 – 11 OCT 2017

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The conference will be hosted by the IWA Watershed and River Basin Management Specialist Group in partnership with the Water Institute for Southern Africa (WISA) and IWA-South Africa (IWA-SA) and will address cutting edge issues related to sustainable watershed management, with a special focus on emerging issues related to climate change.

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Conference topics will include climate change, achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), water governance, improving water resource management with a focus on water quality, eutrophication, hydrological assessments, groundwater, and floodplain management, advancing participatory interaction in these processes. Furthermore, these themes should consider the latest trends in negotiating tensions in basin management including but not limited to mining, underground gas extraction, the urban/rural interface, as well as the water-energy-food nexus.

Conference theme and aims: The theme of the conference, “Living Catchments” emphasizes not only the human element of watershed and river basin management but also the dynamism and complexity as a melting pot of various anthropogenic interests (industry, residential, environmental, institutional, recreational, etc.) and their interdependencies with the interests of the natural world.  From mountains to prairies, from flood plains to ocean coasts, from cities to towns, villages, ranches and farms, everyone lives in and benefits from a catchment, and in turn, impacts and is impacted by its water quality and water quantity.

The 14th International Water Association (IWA) Specialist Conference on Watershed and River Basin Management is intended to present and discuss the latest developments, strategies, techniques and applications of international best practices in integrated watershed and basin management. This conference aims to be a think-tank and discussion platform that provides a step forward in terms of awareness, innovative models, and best practices in water sustainability and the allocation of a severely limited resource. Technical sessions will provide a forum for presentations on the challenges of sustainable water management on all scales, from local to global, in the face of drought, flood, changing climate, and the changing human landscape. Conference panels, poster sessions, lunches and technical events will allow for the exchange of ideas between nations, cultures, and disciplines.

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