Science can be thought of in two mutually incompatible ways: (1) science-as-knowledge, serving as an authoritative basis for action, and (2) sciences-as-process of inquiry, serving as a continually updated guide to action. There is mounting evidence that overemphasis on (1) is increasingly contributing to failures for the betterment of humankind.
Rivers restoration in Israel: A sustainable economic approach to measure non-market values in a trans-boundary setting
Professor Nir Becker, Department of Economics and Management, Tel-Hai College, University of Haifa, Israel
Water for nature is becoming an increasingly important feature in Israel's nature conservation efforts. Rivers that were once a sewage canals are going through significant restoration efforts. However, the issue of non-market values of restoring natural assets still puzzle many decision makers and in particular when the river is shared between two (sometimes more) entities.
This presentation will try to explore these issues based on some studies that Professor Becker has conducted in the last decade including studies on the Dead Sea and the Lower Jordan River, the Alexander - Ziemar River, the Kidron-Nar River. While the 1st resource is shared by three entities (Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Jordan), the 2nd and 3rd represent rivers that one starts from the Palestinian Authority while the second starts from Israel and both flows from one entity to the other).
Is there really hope for these rivers? This presentation will try to elaborate on this and other issues related to the complex situation in Israel in that respect.
Scientific Thinking to Remedy "Black Swans," "Wicked Problems," and Assorted Science/ Policy Failures
WRRC Conference 2017 - Irrigated Agriculture in Arizona: A Fresh Perspective
The 2017 WRRC Annual Conference, Irrigated Agriculture in Arizona: A Fresh Perspective, will be held on March 28 at the University of Arizona Student Union. Arizona is facing the challenge of water demands outstripping supplies. Do we have enough water to sustain agricultural demands as our population grows, the Colorado River water supply-demand gap increases, and depletion threatens our groundwater aquifers? What are the specific challenges faced by irrigated agriculture in Arizona, and what advances have been made in agricultural technologies to address these challenges? Join us as we discuss and debate our options, including water conservation, changing crop mixes, and alternative water sources. Outside-of-the-box collaborative thinking is essential to pave the way for Arizonans to move into our future water reality.