IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition 2016

The IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition is the global event for water professionals. It offers new insights into how pioneering science, technological innovation and leading practices shape the major transformation in water management that is underway. It draws over 5,500 of the top water, environment and related professionals from more than 100 countries from across the water sector, including thought leaders from within and beyond the water sector.

This year the IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition will cover 5 programme themes: Cities, Utilities and Industries Leading Change; Re-Charting the Course of Water Resources; Enabling Progress with Good Governance, Sustainable Finance and ICT; Water Quality, Safety and Human Health and Water and Wastewater Processes and Treatments.

PEARL project will be showcased on Monday, October 10th, 2016, Room 12, 13:30-15:00. Read the summary of the workshop below.

Strategies for building climate resilience in coastal areas

Strategies and measures for coastal regions to improve resilience to disaster – how do we plan and prepare for extreme events?

Carefully planned and implemented adaptative risk management strategies are a valuable way of reducing disaster risk while protecting socio-economic and environmental assets by using a holistic approach.

In this workshop, the knowledge and experiences gained from the PEARL project (Preparing for Extreme And Rare events in coastaL regions) will be shared and discussed. It will provide an opportunity for water managers across sectors (utilities, authorities, academia, technical experts) to discuss and explore strategies that can better contirbute to build resilience to disastrous hydrometerological events, such as floods.

There will be a panel discussion facilitate Prof. Zoran Vojinovic (UNESCO-IHE, The Netherlands), Prof. Christos Makropoulos (NTUA, Greece) and Dr. Sutat Weesakul (Hydro and Agro Informatics Institute, Thailand) followed by roundtable discussions. This workshop will 1) provide an opportunity to identify a common ground on the perception of extreme events to guide the planning and preparedness for such events; and 2) how resilience measures can be applied and be effective in coastal communities to address the cascading effects of floods.

We highly encourage you to register here, as space is limited.

Three copies of the book that describes the PEARL approach (Flood Risk: The Holistic Perspective – From Integrated to Interactive Planning for Flood Resilience (2015)  by Zoran Vojinovic) will be made available to the more interested participants.

For more information, visit the conference website.