International Conference on Integrated Water Resources Management

12–13 October 2011, Dresden • International Conference on Integrated Water Resources Management: Management of Water in a Changing World: Lessons Learnt and Innovative Perspectives.

Water is essential for all forms of life. It is a fundamental resource necessary for human well-being and ecosystem functioning. At the same time, water is a resource under considerable pressure through increasing water demand, global change and a multitude of water use conflicts. Thus the sustainable management of water is a key issue in future societal development.

The concept of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) has gained wide acceptance as a successful way to tackle these challenges. The aim is to promote economic and social development by addressing and balancing diverse water use interests, while simultaneously safeguarding water resources. However, current water management practices are far from fulfilling these objectives for different reasons. In some cases, adequate management structures and techniques are not available while in other cases existing management approaches fail in properly addressing the key problems.

In the research funding initiative of the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) on Integrated Water Resources Management, results from science are put into practice. Significant effort in collaborative research projects and other international research activities aim at the development of adaptive and transferable water resources management tools. The focus of the conference is to present the respective scientific results and real-world experiences of IWRM implementation in order to discuss lessons learnt and to explore innovative perspectives beyond IWRM.

The conference will provide a great opportunity for scientists, practitioners, water managers and professionals from economy, administration, international agencies, private institutions and consulting establishments to come together to express their opinions and interests. We expect to attract a wide international audience to attend the conference.


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