XVth World Water Congress, Edinburgh, Scotland Hailed as Success

Posted: Thursday 11th June 2015

The XVth International Water Resources Association (IWRA) World Water Congress closed recently after a week of high-calibre academic debate on critical world water challenges and opportunities. In the region of 1000 delegates from all corners of the world gathered in Edinburgh for the first World Water Congress ever held in the UK.

At any time, many parts of the world are adversely affected by the impacts of flooding or acute water shortages or even drought with devastating effects on human health and development. The Congress theme of ‘Global Water: a resource for development – opportunities, challenges and constraints’ recognised that any time different parts of the world are adversely affected by the devastating impacts of too much or too little water and the complex challenges of managing this critical resource. Congress delegates, including expert researchers and thought leaders from the private sector, and policy makers from key global organisations such as the OECD participated in over 90 separate themed sessions to debate some of the most critical water resource issues facing the planet.

Dogan Altinbilek, President of IWRA, summed up the Congress’ contribution by saying: “Scotland has proved to be a natural venue for water experts from around the world to exchange ideas, to learn and offer solutions to a range of pressing issues.

As we conclude a highly successful Congress we look forward to the COP21 in Paris later this year and endorse the call for a dedicated goal for water supported by strong and effective targets and indicators to come forward from the forthcoming agreement on the new Sustainable Development Goals.

A core part of IWRA’s mission is to make the sustainable use of water resources a reality and I am convinced the Edinburgh conference will long be recognised as an important milestone in that journey.”




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