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Special Session of the WaterClima-LAC Project, Coastal Zone Management, at the XVI World Water Congress, Mexico

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On Thursday 1st June, a special session of the WaterClima-LAC Project, Coastal Zone Management will be held as part of the XVI World Water Congress: Linking Science and Policy, taking place at the Cancun International Convention Center (Cancun ICC), Cancun, Mexico, from 29th May to 2ndJune 2017.The congress is being hosted under the aegis of The International Water Resources Association (IWRA), the National Water Commission of Mexico (CONAGUA) and the National Association of Water and Sanitation (ANEAS).
Importantly, this special session delivered by the WaterClima-LAC Project, Coastal Zone Management will focus on the'Resilience of Coastal Watersheds in Latin America and the Caribbean', which is included in Topic No.5 of the congress, entitled 'Aquatic ecosystems and physical regimes'. This session can be attended in English and Spanish.
The session will see the presentation of innovative papers and discussion panels held by experts in resilience assessment. These experts include Mr. Muhammad Ibrahim, Director General CATIE, who will establish the science-policy nexus within the context of coastal zone resilience at the global level; and Mr. Aldo Ramírez, Senior Researcher ITESM, and Ms. Claudia Galleguillos, Head of Sustainability FCH, who will analyze instruments (vulnerability assessment and ecosystem services, respectively) for the analysis of resilience at the level of the coastal basin, and demonstrate their use at any scale.
In order to mitigate and adapt to climate change, Ms. Laura Benegas, WaterClima-LAC Project Coordinator, Coastal Zone Management, will shed light on good practices on watershed management that contribute to the socio-ecological resilience of local communities in coastal areas.
Bringing the day to a close, Mr. Arturo Hernández, Researcher ITESM, will be formulating the final conclusions.
Meanwhile, throughout the Congress itself, EFB Team on behalf of the consortium partners of the WaterClima-LAC Project, will be hosting an exhibition stand where they will be available to answer questions on the different activities that the project is carrying out as well as the results that are being produced.
Use the following link to access the session agenda
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The latest newsletter from EIP Water

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The European Innovation Partnership Water (EIP Water) bring you news on water innovation in the European Union in its last newsletter.
In this newsletter you will discover the new Nexus Resource Platform, it is an important global hub for information exchange with the following regions: Africa (Niger, Nile, Senegal rivers), Latin America (case studies in Costa Rica and Peru), Central Asia, Neighbourhood & Mekong.
In addition, the reader will find the most relevant information related with the themes and topics announced of the EIP Water Conference 2017.
Through the last newsletter of the EIP Water, you will get the latest updates on news from action groups; such as the Urban Water Atlas for Europe, which was presented to Commissioner Karmenu Vella (Commissioner in charge of Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the European Union) in Malta. The Urban Water Atlas for Europe aims to raise public interest and participation in water issues by combining the work of scientists, artists, politicians and municipal stakeholders with that of schoolchildren and teachers.
If you wish to read the newsletter and know more about the financing opportunities and the most important events in water sector, please click the next link.

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Urban Water Atlas for Europe – a 360° view of water management in cities

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On 27th April, the European Commission published today the Urban Water Atlas for Europe. The publication – the first of its kind – shows how different water management choices, as well as other factors such as waste management, climate change and even our food preferences, affect the long-term sustainability of water use in our cities.

The new atlas illustrates the role of water in European cities and informs citizens as well as local authorities and experts about good practices and cutting-edge developments that can contribute to ensuring that water is used more efficiently and sustainably, helping to save this valuable resource. It also attempts to change traditional perceptions of water being a free and infinite resource, and to encourage conservation. Detailed factsheets in the Urban Water Atlas for Europe present the state of water management in more than 40 European cities and regions together with a number of overseas examples.

Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, added: “Water is an irreplaceable resource for society, but it is only renewable if well managed. Home to three out of four EU citizens, cities have no other choice but to become water-wise, and better manage this precious resource. A strong water policy is also essential for delivering on Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development both in the EU and internationally.”

The Atlas comes with two online tools that can help cities manage water more sustainably. The 'City Blueprint' is an interactive tool to support strategic decision-making by making it easy to access and understand relevant results and expert knowledge. The tool can present up to 25 different aspects of water management to give an overview of a city's strong and weak points, and provides tailor-made options for making urban water services more sustainable. The 'City Amberprint' is a tool for assessing a city's progress towards becoming smart and sustainable.

Background

The Urban Water Atlas stems from a collaboration of the European Commission's in-house science service – the Joint Research Centre – with Fundació CTM Centre Tecnològic, the KWR Watercycle Research Institute, the European Innovation Partnership on Water, and the Network for Water in European Regions and Cities, NETWERC H2O.

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