Sustainable Water Resources Management 2021

11th International Conference on Sustainable Water Resources Management: Effective Approaches for River Basins and Urban Catchments


18–20 May 2021


Sustainable Water Resources Management 2021

With the main objective to preserve our delegates’ wellbeing, but also with the belief that the scientific community should not be stopped, WIT decided that Sustainable Water Resources Management 2021 should not take place as scheduled, in Milan, Italy, but take place as an online event instead.

The conference was organised by the Wessex Institute, UK and the Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy, represented by Prof Stefano Mambretti.

The conference, which started in Halkidiki, Greece in 2001, is well-established and always attracts a wide international spread of delegates. The variety of topics covered by the conference reflects the complex interaction of water resources management while considering economic constraints and the effects on the community.

Opening of the Conference

The conference was opened by Prof. Stefano Mambretti who welcomed the delegates to the event.

Invited Presentations

There were a series of invited lectures on advanced topics of research and applications, as follows.

  • “Graph theory and community detection for elementary DMA design” 
    by Prof. S. Mambretti, Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy.

  • “Long-term perceptions and actions of the public to address sustainable water resources management in the Pacific Northwest, USA” 
    by Prof. R. Mahler, University of Idaho, USA

  • “The virtual water flow of crops in the semiarid region of Ceara, Brazil: The impacts on the state's water resources management” 
    by Dr. M. Zelenakova, Technical University of Kosice, Slovakia

  • “Updated rainfall series and their trends for mainland Portugal (1913-2019)” 
    by Prof. M Portela, Tecnico Lisboa - Lisbon University, Portugal

  • “Probabilistic estimation of runoff from green roofs” 
    by Prof. G. Becciu, Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy

  • Valuation of a community company and its impact on development strategies” and “Communication methods on water care during the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the resilience
    by Prof. P. Carrion Mero

Conference Sessions

The papers presented during the conference were focused on the following topics:

  • Water Management
  • Ecological and Environmental Impact
  • Water and the Community
  • Hydraulic modelling
  • Erosion and sediment transport
  • Flood risk management

Q&A Live Zoom Sessions

Conference delegates were invited to participate in two Q&A Live Zoom Sessions which took place on Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th May 2021. These friendly sessions were a great opportunity for participants to interact with each other and ask questions to authors about their papers.

Conference Publication

Accepted papers presented at this conference are published in Vol. 250 of the WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment (ISSN 1743-3541). Papers included in this volume are available Open Access in the eLibrary of the Wessex Institute ( from where they can be freely downloaded by any interested parties.

A few papers were selected for publication in the International Journal of Environmental Impact. This journal provides a forum to discuss the numerous environmental problems present in modern society and their impacts, taking into account scientific, economic and social issues. One important consideration is the way in which they affect the search for sustainability.

Closing of the Conference

We are very sorry that we were not able to meet our delegates in person this year.

We would like to thank the delegates for participating in the event and look forward to meeting them at the next conference in the series.

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