|Published in||International Journal of Water Resources Development, v. 31(4):1-5|
Gerlak, A. and Saguier, M.
Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA, Latin American School of Social Sciences (FLACSO), Buenos Aires, Argentina
A workshop titled Hydroenergy and Climate Change was held in Buenos Aires,
Argentina, in July 2014. The goal of the workshop was to identify and frame global change research questions in the context of hydropower development and water-energy futures in South America. Participants included a mix of social scientists, hydrologists, biologists, water engineers, policy specialists and social advocacy actors, all specialized in different aspects of hydroenergy. The main objectives of the workshop included:
. generating new knowledge geared toward interdisciplinarity
. developing skills and building capacity for local and regional stakeholders and
. creating spaces for interaction and collaboration for a diverse set of stakeholders and
policy issues related to the governance of transboundary basins.
This conference report provides the main findings and some of the important
recommendations of the workshop, especially related to emerging interdisciplinary
themes around hydropower and climate change in the Uruguay River Basin in South
America. We conclude by outlining our next steps to develop good practices for
interdisciplinary, user-oriented global change research and develop an interdisciplinary
socio-scientific network between natural and social scientists, policy makers and social
actors involved in water politics as governance mechanisms and practices.