UNESCO International Hydrological Programme co-organizes two sessions on fresh water during the Conference “Our Common Future under Climate Change”

When, local time: 
Tuesday, 7 July 2015 - 4:30pm to Wednesday, 8 July 2015 - 7:00pm
Where: 
France, Paris
Type of Event: 
Category 4- International Congress
Contact: 
b.avila@unesco.org

UNESCOs International Hydrological Programme (IHP) is co-organizing two sessions on fresh water next 7 and 8 July, in collaboration with the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), and the French research coordination, Alliance nationale de recherche pour l'environnement (Allenvi).
The first session, Climate change and freshwater – 1. State of knowledge, will take place on 7 July in the afternoon at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris and will evolve around the knowledge and uncertainties about the impact of climate change on hydrological processes, associated water resources and hazards, and the major scientific challenges in this field. The session will gather high-level speakers such as Professor Zbigniew Kundzewicz, Coordinating Lead Author of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC); Professor Richard Taylor, Co-Chair of the International Association of Hydrogeologists and member of the IHP-Project GRAPHIC, and Dr Helga Wiederhold, Leibniz Institute for Applied Geophysics (LIAG).
The session will take place at UNESCO Miollis - ROOM XVI at 16h30.

The second session, Climate change and freshwater – 2. Shaping the future, will take place on 8 July, in the afternoon as well, but in the auditorium of the Astier amphitheatre of the Pierre-Marie Curry University (Jussieu). This session will build a bridge between the actual knowledge as discussed in the first session and putting it into action. The freshwater cycle provides key linkages between air, earth, nature and humans and provides us with basic needs for water, food, energy and health. Although the fundamental physics behind it are rather straightforward, quantifying the impacts is not. ‘How can we assess the impact of climate change on local water resources?’ and ‘How can we use our knowledge to do so?’ will be the main questions of this session.
The session will take place at UPMC Jussieu - Amphi Astier at 17h30.