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2013 Annual Conference: "Water Security from the Ground Up"
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The WRRC's 2013 Annual Conference Takes on “Water Security from the Ground Up”
Water security is a large and complex issue encompassing the many efforts required to assure a safe, reliable, and suff
icient water supply for people, the environment and the economy now and in the future. The Arizona Water Resources Research Center’s 2013 Annual Conference will tackle this important topic. On March 5, 2013, the conference, "Water Security from the Ground Up", organized in collaboration with the United States Geological Survey, Arizona Water Science Center, will take place at the University of Arizona, Student Union Memorial Center. To examine water security from multiple angles, the conference will present perspectives from scientists and water policy and management experts on sustainable use, augmentation and protection of water resources from over-exploitation, contamination and other hazards, including drought and climate variability. Speakers will discuss issues of water policy and the role sound governance plays in safeguarding human values and ecosystem functions. Experts will inform us on current trends and strategies for securing the supplies to support quality of life for future generations.
Keynote Speaker - Anthony Cox, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Opening the morning session, Anthony Cox, currently the Head of the Climate, Biodiversity and Water Division in the OECD Environment Directorate, will give a global perspective on water security. He oversees the Directorate’s work on a wide range of environmental policy issues, including water, biodiversity, catalysing green investment, adaptation and development, and climate change negotiations. He also has overall responsibility for the OECD’s Horizontal Programme on Water, which pools the expertise from across the OECD to address economic and governance issues in water policy. Mr Cox joined the OECD in 2000, working in the Fisheries Division of the Trade and Agriculture Directorate. Prior to joining the OECD, Mr Cox worked as an economist in the Australian Public Service.
Join us for an outstanding program addressing issues critical to securing our water future, from groundwater sustainability, to environmental implications of stressed water supplies, to policy options for local, regional, and federal decision-makers. Organized in partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey, the conference is open to everyone with an interest in ensuring a reliable and sustainable water supply for our future.
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.