December 13-17 2010, Valparaiso, Chile
New (08/02/2012): The Conference Proceedings have been uploaded here.
It has also been shown that climatic vulnerability is increasing in these
areas, due to global change, exacerbating climate risks in already drought
prone regions. Given the continuous rise in water demand due to further
development of these drylands, and the occurrence of large (mega)cities
in some of these regions (Lima, Santiago, Mexico City) the water resources
are under enormous pressures that threaten their sustainable use in the
long run. Ensuring water availability with acceptable quality therefore
remains a key task for policy makers, increasing the need for sound scientific
research in these areas. The problem tackled within the conference is the
need for sustainable ways to secure water availability in regions where
climatic uncertainty highly influences growth potential. Out of the myriad
of possible solutions, those need to be documented that effectively address
the problem and contribute to the further consolidation of sustainable development in these dryland regions.
It needs no introduction that water scarcity is one of the mayor problems nations are facing in the next decades, especially in (semi)arid locations.
We invite submissions for presentations.
The topics to be covered include the development, efficiency assesment,
design, implementation, impact, constraints and social, economical and
cultural aspects of
- Rainfall-Runoff Water Harvesting
- Fog harvesting
- Aquifer Management and Recharge
- Water Reuse
- Water Use Efficiency