Training on Adaptive Water Management

The "Training Institute on Adaptive Management of Water Resources under Climate Change in Vulnerable River Basins" was held in La Serena, Chile, from 8-17 October, 2012.

The course explored the increasing pressure on water resources, especially in arid and semiarid regions, climate change, hydroclimatic variability, population growth, urbanization, rising demands for food societal vulnerability and ecosystem water needs.

Participants were assisted to better evaluate the potential impacts of climate variability and climate change on water security, specifically to:

  • Integrate hydrological, climatic, social and economic development analyses;
  • Develop a network of researchers and decision-makers working on watershed and aquifer management in regions vulnerable to water shortages;
  • Develop flexible and applicable methodologies to enhance the governance of water in its multiple uses;
  • Assess economic valuation integrated with AWM principles;
  • Address uncertainty from climate change through application of scenario planning;
  • Promote the use of decision-making tools in the management of water resources under conditions of uncertainty;
  • Develop a regional knowledge network for the inclusion of AWM principles in the management of basins vulnerable to water scarcity.

The profiles of the participants and the course content and lectures, can be found at the dedicated site of the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI).

Outcomes

The execution of the activity allowed:

  • Strengthening the technical and professional capacities of researchers, professionals and technicians from 10 countries in Latin America plus USA, in the analysis of water resources in arid basins
  • During the 10 days of work, which included two field trips and presentations from 21 experts, we developed a multidimensional program with topics including technical, social, environmental, management and economic issues, on water resources in arid environments.
  • Through daily lecture sessions, together with the development of seed project profiles, attendees were able to integrate knowledge and experience to identify suitable methods to create tools to support decision-making on water basin management based on the results from analysis; identifying information, infrastructure, resources and procedures needed to attain better interpretation of the complex relations between climate, surface and groundwater resources, social, environmental and economic factors that support decision making for management and planning.
  • Promote coordination of researchers and practitioners, linked to the study and management of water resources in arid environments of Latin America and USA. We identified interests shared by groups of participants, which allowed developing initial multidisciplinary and multinational proposals projects.

MWAR LAC - Managing Water Resources in Arid and Semi-Arid Regions of Latin America and the Caribbean