CMCC Workshop “Efficiency-oriented water management. From panaceas to actual solutions”

Coupled with human-induced climate change, increasing population and changing distributions of wealth and consumption boost competition for water and constrains supply for agriculture –the largest user and that concentrating the marginal uses of the resource. In this scenario providing safe, secure and profitable food production while restoring/ensuring the good ecological status of water bodies necessitates higher agricultural productivity. Efficiency-oriented water management, through new technologies and/or water reallocation to more productive uses, creates welfare enhancing opportunities that can be used to address these challenges, and has become a critical target in sustainable development –substantiated in SDG 6.4. However, much evidence shows that efficiency centric approaches often lead to water overuse in agriculture, the depletion and pollution of water bodies and degraded riverine and related ecosystems. Sensible and conscientious governance, supported by holistic water resources research (including economic analysis), are necessary to make these opportunities work for individual farmers and society alike.

This workshop will examine how economic analysis and instruments can help realize the full potential of efficiency centric catalysts, including but not limited to water markets and subsidies for irrigation modernization. The workshop will leverage on the expertise of leading water researchers from Australia, the US and Europe to identify those factors enabling and preventing successful performance and explore transferability. Discussions are expected to lead to a position paper on the issue. This workshop aspires to be the first one in a series of events that aim to understand the welfare tradeoffs that occur between users from rebalancing their share of available resources.

Held from 12-13 October 2017 at the CMCC Conference Room, in San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice (Italy), this workshop will bring together relevant academics and high level representatives from leading international organisations  including the World Bank, International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Organisation for Economic Co-oper ation and Development (OECD), and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO).  

Attendance is restricted to invited speakers and auditors.

Three keynote lectures will be broadcasted live via the Go-to-Webinar platform:

12th October 2017
10:30 – 11:15  Efficiency-oriented interventions in irrigation management: do they conserve water?
Susanne Scheierling (World Bank)
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13th October 2017
09:15 – 10:00 Water reallocation: risks and opportunities
Guillaume Gruère (OECD)
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14:00 – 15:15 – The future of efficiency centric water management: what research is needed, what policies will be delivered
Susanne Scheierling (World Bank), Guillaume Gruère (OECD), Patricia MejíasMoreno (FAO)
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Please, note that:

  • the number of attendees is limited: we suggest to join the webinar early to ensure your spot
  • given the high number of workshop participants, speakers will not be able to address questions from remote attendees
When and Where

Venezia, CMCC - CMCC, Venezia -

12 Oct 2017 13 Oct 2017

Contacts Organized by
  • CMCC - Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici

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