08-17 October 2012 – La Serena, Chile
The Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI), the Center of Excellence for Water Security (AQUASEC), and the Water Center for Arid and Semiarid Zones of Latin America and the Caribbean (CAZALAC) were pleased to organize this Training Institute.
The participant group consisted of 22 professionals from hydrology, climate, land use, socioeconomic research and policy institutions, including stakeholders, particularly NGOs, community organizations, business and local practitioners in basin management, early career scientists and technicians.
The Training Institute was funded by the IAI with resources from the US National Science Foundation (NSF). Co-sponsors were CAZALAC and the Flemish government.
The 10 day course was designed to advance conceptual and practical training in adaptive water resources management (AWM). The Training Institute involved lectures by international experts, exercises and final projects implementing lessons learned in their own locations. The training course also addressed proposal preparation and the grant administration of international projects. Participants were invited to develop multinational and multidisciplinary project proposals in the course. Successful proposals were granted an IAI seed grant under the Training Institute Seed Grant Program (TISG-II).
The program 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.
To assist participants 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.
Climate variability and change with an emphasis on its impact on vulnerable basins in arid and semiarid environments of the Americas
Basin resource exploitation and the challenges of multiple use options
Water economic value concepts as an integrated view of basin management
Integrated impact assessment looking at ecological and environmental flows, surface and groundwater hydrology, climate variability and climate change
Water security incorporating multiple approaches
Governance and institutions and the role of different actors (public, private and social sectors, basin residents, international organizations) to support decision making
Training Institute Seed Grant Program (TISG-II)
The IAI TISG program funded projects for training institute participants to join the AQUASEC network (http://aquasec.org/) and continue engaging with colleagues, strengthen and foster multinational and multidisciplinary collaboration; and promote application of research ideas and knowledge imparted in the training.
Further encourage network building;
Promote the application of the training provided on pressing real-world issues that have a significant global environmental change dimension;
Foster multinational and multidisciplinary collaboration;
Develop proposal writing skills;
Develop and strengthen management capacity for international grants;
Increase the participation of small countries in IAI research program.