UNESCO-IHP at the IAHS 2017 Scientific Assembly
UNESCO International Hydrological Programme (IHP) will convene and co-convene five sessions during the 2017 Scientific Assembly of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS), one of the largest scientific organization in water sciences, committed to serving the science of hydrology and the worldwide community of hydrologists. The event will be held from July 10 to 14, 2017 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The theme of the event is "Water and Development: scientific challenges in addressing societal issues”.
IHP will convene the session on "Facilitating Scientific contributions in water diplomacy and cooperation processes" (session #26). The panel on water diplomacy will address best practices and effective mechanisms for communicating science for water diplomacy and enabling public participation in decision-making. It will also explore the potential of science in enhancing water cooperation and diplomacy and ways to overcome data needs and challenges.
IHP will also co-convene the following sessions:
- "Hydrology and the Anthropocene" (session #1): the session will explore how hydrological sciences can contribute to the assessment of the water-related dimensions of the Anthropocene ongoing transformation, and ultimately to the prospective challenges as described in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
- "Understanding spatio-temporal variability of water resources and the implications for Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in the semi-arid east and southern Africa" (session #3): the session intends to show some case studies conducted in East and Southern Africa. It will examine a broad range of aspects including, rainfall variability, global change, water infrastructure development, data collection methods, transboundary water resources management and water policy.
- "Extreme events: links between science and practice" (session #13): The session aims at promoting interdisciplinary researches and integrated approaches for coping with water-related risks, to discuss the effectiveness of scientific outcomes for risk reduction, and to improve knowledge building and communication on extreme events for sharing of resources and information to develop local level resilience.
- "Graduate Schools in Water Sciences" (session #25): The goal of the Workshop is (i) to assess the state of the art of the various Water Graduate School patterns in North and South alike, and (ii) to make recommendations on how to build a Graduate School in Water Sciences in so different contexts. These recommendations aim at allowing any university (North and South) to move from a classic Master’s degree and PhD continuum to a Graduate School taking advantage of the existing research teams and linking with current and forthcoming socio-economic expectations at local, national and international levels.
The call for abstracts of all sessions is open until 6 March 2017. For session #26 "Facilitating Scientific contributions in water diplomacy and cooperation processes", please submit your abstract following the link to the form at the bottom of this page. For all other sessions, please submit through the link to the IAHS website.