PreConference WorkshopsMonday 12th of November Morning
Pre Sience-Policy Day WorkshopTuesday 13th of November Afternoon
Workshop on Development of Water Stress Indicators
Workshop 1: Integrated strategy building for adaptive water management. Concepts for coping with complexity and uncertainty to manage transition1.1 Theme of the workshop
Many changes are currently taking place in water management vital to the development of cities and regions. The most important changes are in the structure and level of demand, in political con-ditions, in property relations, and in the available system alternatives. Moreover, technological in-novation, more stringent environmental regulations, and empty public coffers have contributed to far-reaching change, particularly at the local level. The decreasing population, a central develop-ment in many European Countries, created new problems: the functional limits of water supply sys-tems were reached because their usual working capacity could no longer be maintained. In order to adapt and develop infrastructure systems to meet changed conditions, spatially and temporally more differentiated solutions have to be found. The extent to which societal control pat-terns are able to cope with increasingly complex requirements must be examined. The same is true for technical network regulation, forms of market regulation, and resource conservation. The long-term effect on how local government sees its role and on its control capacity also needs to be in-vestigated.1.2 Topics of interest
Short presentations (about 15 minutes) based on current research activities and practical experi-ences will give impressions of a transformation-management and animate the workshop-discussion to get an interactive communication between the participants. Interested experts from policy, ad-ministration, utility companies and research are invited, to participate with own contributions. Therefore please contact the conveners. Furthermore participants have the opportunity to register their interests for the workshop on the conference web-page.1.4 Preliminary programme
Workshop 4: Critical Perspectives on IWRM Theory and Practice
The implications of a fragmented water sector have often been used to justify the need for the adoption of Integrated Water
Resource Management (IWRM). IWRM seeks to replace those isolated practices and create a process that can bring together
fragmented water uses and users into an integrated planning, allocation and management framework. Thus, not surprisingly,
IWRM has been endorsed by many venues and organizations. The transition of IWRM from an intuitively powerful and potentially
valuable ambition into an everyday tool of catchment management is in a crucial phase. With more and more governance bodies adopting
the principles of IWRM it is time to take stock of its promise and realisation. For example, many voices warn against the overuse
of IWRM as it comes with significant social, economic and administrative cost.
Workshop 5: Learning platform on the River Rhine wetlands.
Hydrological systems, such as the catchments and river basins in the European Union, are multiple-scale and multiple-use common pool resources that often span several countries. However, their ecological status is the outcome of the collective impact of the activities of millions of stakeholders acting locally in very diverse contexts. The challenge is to devise governance mechanisms for the sustainable management and use of water at multiple scales, including the largest scale, the catchment, which can include such a system as the Rhine and it’s tributaries.
At present, the boundaries of existing governance structures, be they communities, townships, districts, provinces, countries, or indeed the Union itself, do not coincide with the boundaries of hydrological systems. It is a sign of our times, that governance of integral bundles of natural resources and ecological services has become a necessity . The facilitation of social learning among the multiple parties contributes to this new governance. Social learning is treated as an interactive process of shared, experiential learning, amplified by facilitated communication and dialogue across spatially and hierarchically differentiated scales of interaction (SLIM, 2004). A key element in this concept is to bring together professionals with experience in the practice of water or river management. In the Dutch “Dialogue on Water” research program a Community of Practice is the centre of discussing norms, values, practices and experiences on water management, thus creating a space for learning. A learning space is constituted by collaboration among several interdependent actors to develop common ground and common actions in enacting their interdependencies. Social learning is precisely about conceptual and practical understanding of these interdependencies, so that innovative and sustainable projects can be developed . Different actors bring different interests, competencies, methodologies and knowledge systems to the collaborative project. They frame issues in different ways and engage in different action strategies. Social learning is about the evolving framing and reframing of the different actors, while aligning their action strategies around common or complementary interests. Action research can contribute to the understanding of the factors facilitating or hindering these learning and developmental tasks.
In the CAIWA workshop we will bring together professionals, authorities, policymakers and scientists all involved in the management of the Rhine river Basin. The emphasis is on riverine wetlands (or former wetlands). The issue at stake is twofold:
Workshop 6: Teaching Adaptive River Basin Management: an Online Curriculum for Instructors
The purpose of this special session is to present a new teaching curriculum available to instructors of Masters level programmes
who wish to add adaptive water management to their teaching program. The curriculum may also be used by PhD level students and
water managers for supplementary knowledge/information. It includes the following four modules and subtopics:
Call For Workshop Proposals
Workshops are a complementary forum to the main conference, encouraging the presentation and discussion of work in progress and facilitating a dialogue on emerging topics in small groups. Workshop sessions will provide inspiring and influencing discussion on a variety of CAIWA topics. Central aims are sharing and consolidation of new research ideas and fostering future co-operations.
The conference invites the submission of proposals for workshops on novel and highly innovative themes in the field of CAIWA. The workshop proposal should be not longer than 2 pages and contain information on:
Theme of the workshop and topics of interest and how these relate to the overall conference
Names, affiliations, research interest of organizers
Intended workshop audience
How submissions / participants are attracted
Number of participants that is expected
Goals and expected outcome of the workshop
Selection process of participants, time line and the type of contributions
Schedule and organization of the workshop
For a workshop we encourage having an international team of organizers (2 or 3) from different organizations. We will aim for a balanced workshop program trying to avoid overlapping themes. Organizers are expected to be active themselves in the field where they propose a workshop.
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