GWP at the International River Symposium 2012

Posted: 2012-09-27

The 15th International Riversymposium will be held in Melbourne 8-11 October 2012, organised by the International WaterCentre. The International Riversymposium is the world’s leading river management conference.

This year’s event will explore the intricately linked pressures on rivers and waterways as the world’s urban population continues to grow and expand and the theme is “Rivers in a Rapidly Urbanising World”. The event will provide attendees the opportunity to engage in a world-leading community of water professionals to network, exchange, learn and discuss issues and approaches in river and water management.

The integrated approach to water resources management, introduced in many national policies, appears as the basis for improved management of river basins has been the topic of two Handbooks developed by GWP in collaboration with INBO: one on transboundary river basin management and one on integrated water resources management at river, lake and aquifer basin levels.

GWP Executive Secretary Dr Ania Grobicki will participate in the following events:

River cities/Advancing IRBM within the urban context

Organised by the International RiverFoundation | Monday 8 October, 1530-1700

River Cities (Part 1)

Every year the International RiverFoundation (IRF) awards both the Thiess International and Australian Riverprize. Many of the Riverprize winners represent projects that have been ongoing for many years and have overcome great challenges. The learnings captured in these examples are significant. The IRF’s global community of practice seeks to share this knowledge of best practice river basin management in cities, as demonstrated by participants, winners and finalists of the International Riverprize. A focus will be on those river cities facing, or having experienced, a period of rapid urbanisation and the pressure of unplanned development. This discussion will be led by delegates from river basin managers from the cities of Nairobi, London, Vienna, Hamburg, Hamilton, Ulaan Bataar, Munich and Boston.

Advancing IRBM within the urban context (Part 2)

Following on from Part I, panel sessions will bring together participants, including major international river basin managers, to identify how best to advance integrated basin management within the context of rapidly urbanizing catchments. The inclusion of real world examples from a broad range of river basins will focus on proven solutions to the challenges in dealing with multiple demands on river basins whilst ensuring the long term function of the ecosystems. The sessions will be thoughtfully structured to promote dialogue and discussion among participants. Participant organisations – Global Environment Facility (GEF),The Nature Conservancy (TNC), IRF global community of practice, European Centre for River Restoration (ECRR), Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), United Movement of Mongolian Rivers and Lakes (UMMRL) and Water Integrity Network (WIN).

Addressing asymmetry in transnational boundary and urban water relationships

International RiverFoundation:  Tuesday 9 October, 13:00-14:30

An interactive session that will explore the themes of conflict and cooperation in international transboundary river basin relations. The session will discuss the range of forces that shape the trajectories of co-evolving conflict and cooperation with examples from Europe, Africa and Asia. Adaptive management and integrated water resources allocation and management take place in circumstances of asymmetric power. They also take place in circumstances where the actors enjoy very different levels of economic diversity and strength. This session will determine the factors for successful management at the basin scale with particular reference to urban communities. Participants may include: Mayor Mabilog – Iloilo City, Philippines, Dr Ania Grobicki – GWP, Dr Frtiz Holzwarth – Secretary German Ministry of Water, ICPDR and GIZ, Bart Fokkens – ECRR and delegates from India, Indonesian, Mongolia, Limpopo and the Okavango region.

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