Training Institute on Adaptive Management of Water Resources under Climate Change in Vulnerable River Basins
8-17 October , 2012 - La Serena, Chile
The Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI), the Center of Excellence for Water Security (AQUASEC), and the Water Center for Arid and Semiarid Zones of Latin America and the Caribbean (CAZALAC) are pleased to organize the Training Institute on adaptive management of water resources under climate change in vulnerable river basins.
The Training Institute will be held from 8-17 October, 2012 in La Serena, Chile. The participant group has been finalized and consists of 22 professionals from hydrology, climate, land use, socioeconomic research and policy institutions, including stakeholders, particularly NGOs, community organizations, business and local practitioners in basin management, early career scientists and technicians.
The Training Institute is funded by the IAI with resources from the US National Science Foundation (NSF). Co-sponsors are CAZALAC and the Flemish government.
The 10 day course is designed to advance conceptual and practical training in adaptive water resources management (AWM). The Training Institute will involve lectures by international experts, exercises and final projects implementing lessons learned in their own locations. The training course will also address proposal preparation and the grant administration of international projects. Participants will be invited to develop multinational and multidisciplinary project proposals in the course. Successful proposals will be granted an IAI seed grant under the Training Institute Seed Grant Program (TISG-II).
The program will explore the increasing pressure on water resources, especially in arid and semiarid regions, climate change, hydroclimatic variability, population growth, urbanization, rising demands for food societal vulnerability and ecosystem water needs.
The objectives are to assist participants to better evaluate the potential impacts of climate variability and climate change on water security, specifically to:
- Integrate hydrological, climatic, social and economic development analyses;
- Develop a network of researchers and decision-makers working on watershed and aquifer management in regions vulnerable to water shortages;
- Develop flexible and applicable methodologies to enhance the governance of water in its multiple uses;
- Assess economic valuation integrated with AWM principles;
- Address uncertainty from climate change through application of scenario planning;
- Promote the use of decision-making tools in the management of water resources under conditions of uncertainty;
- Develop a regional knowledge network for the inclusion of AWM principles in the management of basins vulnerable to water scarcity.
- Climate variability and change with an emphasis on its impact on vulnerable basins in arid and semiarid environments of the Americas;
- Basin resource exploitation and the challenges of multiple use options;
- Water economic value concepts as an integrated view of basin management;
- Integrated impact assessment looking at ecological and environmental flows, surface and groundwater hydrology, climate variability and climate change;
- Water security incorporating multiple approaches;
- Governance and institutions and the role of different actors (public, private and social sectors, basin residents, international organizations) to support decision making.
The IAI TISG program will fund projects for training institute participants to join the AQUASEC network (http://aquasec.org/
) and continue engaging with colleagues, strengthen and foster multinational and multidisciplinary collaboration; and promote application of research ideas and knowledge imparted in the training.
The objectives are:
Training Institute Seed Grants (TISG) II:
- Further encourage network building;
- Promote the application of the training provided on pressing real-world issues that have a significant global environmental change dimension;
- Foster multinational and multidisciplinary collaboration;
- Develop proposal writing skills;
- Develop and strengthen management capacity for international grants;
- Increase the participation of small countries in IAI research program.
Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI)
Holm Tiessen, Director
Marcella Ohira, Assistant Director for Capacity Building
Mariana Toledo, Assistant Capacity Building Division http://www.iai.int
AQUASEC - IAI Center of Excellence for Water Security
Christopher Scott, University of Arizona, USA
Francisco Meza, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile
Elma Montaña, Universidad Nacional Cuyo, CONICET, Argentinahttp://aquasec.org/
CALAZAC - Water Center for Arid and Semiarid Zones of Latin America and the Caribbean
Guido Soto, Director
UNESCO - Hydrological Systems & Global Change Section
Division of Water Sciences - Natural Sciences Sector
Participants statement of interest
Brown, C., K. M. Baroang, E. Conrad, B. Lyon, D. Watkins, F. Fiondella, Y.Kaheil, A. Robertson, J. Rodriguez, M. Sheremata, and M. N. Ward, 2010:
Managing Climate Risk in Water Supply Systems.
IRI Technical Report 10-15,
International Research Institute for Climate and Society, Palisades, NY,
133 pp. [Available online at http://iri.columbia.edu/publications/id=1048]
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Facultad de Ingeniería de la Universidad de La Serena: en edificio CETECFI
Benavente 980, La Serena - Chile(Edificio vecino a CAZALAC)
General logistical information for Speakers and Participants
: Centro Turístico Caja Los Andes
Av. Los Nísperos nº 0661 (Sector Av. Del Mar)
Teléfono: +56 51 225 251.
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