The Second Triennial Budapest Water Summit organized by the Hungarian government was held on November 28-30, 2016. The overall theme of the program was “Water Connects.” The event was attended by more than 2200 participants from 117 countries.
Robert Varady, who was born in Budapest served on the International Program Committee of the Budapest Water Summit and participated as a speaker in the closing high-level panel for the Summit’s two-day Science and Technology Forum.
The forum addressed the topic, “Turning the tide? How can scientific knowledge guide Sustainable Development Goals policy making at different scale?” At its closing session, Varady discussed recent political developments on the global stage and their likely impacts on the gap between science and policy. In particular, he cautioned that the combined forces of anti-globalization, reactionary populism, and aspects of social media (fake news, especially)—all of which question the legitimacy of science—would complicate bridging the gap.
Back in 2014, a team of AQUASEC researchers organized a workshop titled “Metrics and Measurement of Adaptation: Advances in Water Research in the Arid Americas,” held at the University of Arizona’s Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, with support from the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research and the Lloyd’s Register Foundation International Water Security Network. Two years later, a deliverable of this workshop includes set of 14 articles that compose a special issue in the high-impact journal Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability. Researchers, practitioners, and other readers can find the current state of knowledge of what it entails to measure water security and adaptive capacity in a range of case studies from around the world.
NNI’s International Advisory Council (IAC) convened in Fort Yates, ND at the Prairie Knights Casino & Resort on October 21-22, 2016. The IAC, which meets twice a year, consists of current and past Native leaders, scholars, community leaders, administrators, and nonprofit organization executives. The advisory council provides input and advice to ensure NNI’s programs continue to have the maximum benefit effect for Native nations.
Student-researchers at the Udall Center are partners in the International Water Security Network (IWSN), funded by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation. A key component of the IWSN is the training of future researchers and professionals in water management that is sustainable and secure. Through the University of the West of England, the University of Arizona (UA), and Monash University of South Africa, IWSN supports the training of 68 students worldwide. In the context of this project, the UA helps support 14 students in the Americas, including four from the UA, four from Mexico, four from Peru, and two from Chile.
On 3-6 August 2016, International Water Security Network (IWSN) supported the International Water Governance Workshop in Mendoza, Argentina.
The event was organized by the IWSN team at University of Arizona (UA), in collaboration with the Departamento General de Irrigación (DGI) – the water agency of the province of Mendoza, Argentina – and IWSN partners from CONICET (the Argentine national science agency, in particular, at INCIHUSA, the Institute of Human, Social and Environmental Sciences). Improving water governance, the theme of the workshop, provides an effective approach for achieving water security.
Please visit the IWSN blog to read the full article.
With support from the UA Institute of the Environment (IE), the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS), and the Office for Research and Discovery, the Udall Center invites applications for its 2016-2017 fellows program. The deadline is April 29, 2016.
Stephen Cornell, Udall Center director for the past 17 years, has retired from that position. Robert Varady, previously deputy director, is now interim director. A search for a new director is underway.
Rafael de Grenade, Udall Center post-doctoral research associate, and Paula Musetta, a researcher with the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET) in Mendoza, Argentina, recently published an article, "Transboundary water security in action: Collaborative research across the Central Andes," on the blog of the International Water Security Network.
Bhuwan Thapa, Udall Center graduate research associate and a doctoral student in the UA School of Geography and Development, is conducting field research this summer in his native country of Nepal on issues related to water, food, and human security -- while working to assist in the rebuilding efforts following the recent devastating earthquakes there. A discussion of his work appears in a recent UANews report