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About thirty researchers and decision-makers from across the Americas met for three days in Guaymas to share experiences and collaboratively devise solutions to water-security challenges.They also visited water-resources infrastructure and facilities in Hermosillo. Network affiliates of the AQUASEC Center of Excellence for Water Security – from Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Peru, Mexico, and the U.S. – held the annual workshop of the Aguascapes project supported by the Inter American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI).
The workshop was hosted by El Colegio de Sonora in coordination with the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, with additional support from the International Water Security Network (sponsored by Lloyd’s Register Foundation in the U.K.).
The workshop consisted of a set of presentations and panels to present Aguascapes project results and water security-related activities of the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy (University of Arizona), El Colegio de Sonora, Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, National Scientific and Technical Research Council of Argentina, National University of Cuyo (Argentina), and Centro de Competencias de Agua (Peru).
A series of science – policy dialogues at the workshop included guest speakers from the Sonora State Water Commission, the General Irrigation Department of Mendoza, Argentina, the Northwest Biological Research Center of Sonora, and a representative of the US-Mexico Transboundary Aquifer Assessment Program.
Other activities included fieldtrips to water-related infrastructure in Hermosillo such as the Independence Aqueduct pump-station and a water treatment plant (Hermosillo), and presentations on the desalination plant in Guaymas by executives of the Sonora State Water Commission at their headquarters in Hermosillo.