XVI World Water Congress “Bridging Science and Policy”

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Dionisio Perez, researcher at the CMCC Foundation – RAAS Division, will take part in the upcoming XVI World Water Congress “Bridging Science and Policy”, from May 29 th to June 3rd 2017, in Cancun, Mexico, while organizing two special sessions:

  • SS#8: Charges vs. buyback: who pays for water ecosystems restoration?
    Thursday, 1 June 2017, 17:20‐18:50
  • SS#44: Sustainable watersheds: emerging economic instruments for water security
    Friday, 2 June 2017, 10:50‐12:20

Economic instruments cannot operate in isolation. What policy (mix) yields a (re)allocation of resources that maximizes welfare?
The special session “Charges vs. buyback: who pays for water ecosystems restoration?” / Theme 4: Water policy and governance will explore the characteristics of these instruments, their applicability in different contexts, and their transferability to the rest of the world.
The speakers will debate on the necessary policy sequencing required when implementing instruments while providing real world contexts in their application and highlighting the potential pitfalls in their adoption.

The special session “Sustainable watersheds: emerging economic instruments for water security” / Theme 3: Water security in a changing world will explore emerging economic and financial instruments for enhancing water security worldwide in a changing climate, with a focus on understanding which instruments are the most suitable for a given watershed or basin.
Emphasis will be placed on understanding the challenges and opportunities of developing effective economic instruments for improving water resource management. Specific initiatives that will be addressed include national assurance schemes, water abstraction licenses, and payment for watershed services programs. Successful application of these instruments requires a deep understanding of the interactions and feedbacks between the human and natural systems that determine watershed sustainability.

The World Water Congress is jointly organized by the International Water Resources Association (IWRA), the National Water Commission of Mexico (CONAGUA) and the National Association of Water and Sanitation Utilities (ANEAS). It aims to provide a meeting place to share experiences, promote discussion, and present new knowledge, research results and new developments in the field of water policy and science from around the world.
Natural and social scientists, engineers, technological innovators, policy and decision makers, financial stakeholders and investors, legal and regulatory specialists, students  and groups involved in capacity building will discuss and present their initiatives.
The Congress will help to connect scientific knowledge and policy actions as well as possible solutions and pathways for the sustainable governance and management of the water, through best practices and recommendations for global, regional and local policies.

For more information, visit the XVI World Water Congress website

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