Water Resources Management 2011
6th International Conference on Sustainable Water Resources Management
23 - 25 May 2011
The sixth International Conference on Sustainable Water Resources has recently taken place in Riverside, California, organised by the Wessex Institute of Technology (WIT), chaired by Professor Carlos A Brebbia and Viktor Popov of the same institution. Previous conferences had taken place in Halkidiki, Greece (2001); Las Palmas, Gran Canaria (2003); The Algarve, Portugal (2005); Kos, Greece (2007) and Malta (2009).
Opening Address by Professor Carlos Brebbia
The meeting was opened by Carlos A Brebbia who explained the objectives of the work carried out at the Wessex Institute of Technology and how the institution conference programme fits within this context. WIT – Professor Brebbia said – sees itself as providing a mechanism for knowledge transfer and this is accomplished through a series of initiatives, of which the conference programme is an essential part.
Keynote Address by Professor Paulo Canelas de Castro
The conference sessions opened with the Keynote Speech given by Professor Paulo Canelas de Castro, from the University of Macau, where he is Professor of Law, holding the prestigious Jean Monnet chair. He is co-ordinator of the Masters in eLaw, International Law and cooperative law. His talk was entitled ‘Climate Change and Water Management, is EU Law adapted to climate change?’. Professor Canelas de Castro explained how EU water law has been changing to match the challenges from climate change.
Climate change in combination with inadequate European water resources – Professor Canelas de Castro explained – will impact the water cycle in Europe with potentially disastrous effects. Against this background, there is an urgent need to revise the management of water resources and to develop strategies for adaptation to the changes. Professor Canelas de Castro addressed the question of whether EU water laws and policy are ready to face the challenge set by climate change, whether the Water Framework Directive responses are good enough , and what can be done for adapting water resources management to climate change impact.
Generally speaking – Professor Canelas de Castro explained – successful adaptation strategies should be under the framework of the Water Framework Directive, along with its associated directives, based on the approach of integrated water resources management supplemented by measures in water-related sections, and complemented by new typologies and screening tools, greater control and quality of information as well as clearer relationships with other relevant legal documents for climate change regulation.
Looking ahead, Professor Canelas de Castro concluded, we need;
Another interesting paper on legal issues was that of Professor Sarah Meyland from New York Institute of Technology. Professor Meyland is the Director of the Centre for Water Resources Management at NYIT and her paper looked at the idea of safe yield for aquifer and its flows. She proposed a new approach to stop depleting the aquifer- the idea of managed yield, based on the idea that it is important to regulate the water supply rather than dealing with ownership issues.
There were other invited presentations which helped to enhance the meeting;
The presentations during the conference were grouped under a series of topics;
Special Session on 'Incentives, Policies and Perception'
A special session was organised by Professor Henning Bjornlund of the University of Lethbridge, Canada, and the University of South Australia in Adelaide, on the topic of ‘Incentives, Policies and Perceptions’.
The Mission Inn Hotel
The conference took place in the Mission Inn Hotel, a landmark in the middle of historic Riverside. The hotel, which occupies a whole block, is one of the most celebrated buildings in California.
International Scientific Advisory Committee
The conference banquet consisted of a selection of Mexican dishes prepared in the Californian way, accompanied by excellent regional wines. The highlight of the evening was a Mariachi ensemble whose members played popular pieces as well as some Mexican songs requested by the audience (they were even able to master a tango that Carlos with more good will than skill managed to dance!). The friendly atmosphere and convivial environment added to the delegates enjoyment of a unique evening.
Publication of Papers
The proceedings of Water Resources Management VI, 864pp (Print ISBN: 978-1-84564-514-4; Online ISSN: 1743-3541) are available from WIT Press priced at £372/US$744/€521. Orders can be placed on the WIT Press web site at www.witpress.com or by email:
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||Wessex Institute of Technology, UK|
|WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment|
|The International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning|
C A Brebbia
Wessex Institute of Technology, UK
Wessex Institute of Technology, UK
US Army Corps of Engineers, USA
University of South Australia, Australia, and University of Lethbridge, Canada
P Canelas de Castro
University of Macau, China
M C Cunha
University of Coimbra, Portugal
Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil
University of Tartu, Estonia
University Politechnica of Bucharest, Romania
Providence College, USA
J J Soares-Lopez
Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, Mexico
Ghent University, Belgium
University of Tsukuba, Japan
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