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EWRA 2005 Menton, France 7-10 September 2005 Sharing a Common Vision of Our Water Resources Conclusions and Recommendations.

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1 EWRA 2005 Menton, France 7-10 September 2005 Sharing a Common Vision of Our Water Resources Conclusions and Recommendations

2 Sharing a Common Vision of Our Water Resources Sharing a Common Vision … Vision = to develop structured ideas how to master future challenges What challenges will be the most pressing ones in future ? What strategy to solve problems do we have at hand ? What scientific tools are available or have to be made available ? What implementation strategy to follow?

3 Sharing a Common Vision of Our Water Resources Anticipated changes Population Growth Population Growth Cultural Changes /Attitude changes Cultural Changes /Attitude changes Technological Changes Technological Changes Climatic variability – instability/ Global Climate Change Climatic variability – instability / Global Climate Change Environmental & Geo- morphol.Changes Environmental & Geo- morphol.Changes devastating fires, devastating fires, floods and droughts, floods and droughts, desertification, desertification, large dams large dams Administrative Changes incl. Administrative Changes incl. decentralization in decision making decentralization in decision making privatization privatization public participation public participation Political / Economic Changes, incl. changes in development goals Political / Economic Changes, incl. changes in development goals Globalization Globalization Urbanization Urbanization Population Mobility Population Mobility Land Use Changes Land Use Changes

4 Sharing a Common Vision of Our Water Resources Stationarity is not valid any more Stationarity is not valid any more Is sustainability a utopia? Sustainability of all systems are in question Sustainability of all systems are in question extreme phenomena will occur more frequently More extreme phenomena will occur more frequently

5 Sharing a Common Vision of Our Water Resources Water Shortage vs. Drought Water Shortage vs. Drought Advanced Tools for Modeling Water Resources Advanced Tools for Modeling Water Resources Risk and Hazards in Water Resources Risk and Hazards in Water Resources Optimisation and Management of Water Storage Optimisation and Management of Water Storage WFD Applications and Limitations WFD Applications and Limitations Watershed Management Watershed Management Water Conservation Water Conservation Maintenance of Water Systems Maintenance of Water Systems Climate Impact Climate Impact Water Quality Management Water Quality Management Groundwater Management Groundwater Management Integrated Water Resources Management Integrated Water Resources Management Topics Covered: Tools and Strategies

6 Sharing a Common Vision of Our Water Resources Main Recommendations Improve the transfer of information to those involved in decision making Improve the transfer of information to those involved in decision making More attention has to be given to pro-active action in order to face unexpected events More attention has to be given to pro-active action in order to face unexpected events –forecast models –suitable measures to meet the emergency –provide significant data Our planning has to be future-oriented and problem- focused Our planning has to be future-oriented and problem- focused Higher safety standards have to be imposed for reducing the risk Higher safety standards have to be imposed for reducing the risk Better Water Governance may be achieved by the management of the people Better Water Governance may be achieved by the management of the people

7 Sharing a Common Vision of Our Water Resources PRIVATE DECISION MAKERS ACTORS IN RAISING AWARENESS & SPREADING KNOWLEDGE ACTORS IN RESEARCH PUBLIC DECISION MAKERS GENERAL PUBLIC THE ACTORS

8 Sharing a Common Vision of Our Water Resources According to the Foreword of the Conference Proceedings it was the aim of the Conference to identify and promote …... best practices in good water status and demand management, …. realistic scenario building, … reliable economic analysis of water uses,... and efficient stakeholders and/or public involvement in decision making. We believe, we have done a good step forward, but many more challenges are ahead of us …


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