AWRA 2019 Spring Specialty Conference
Setting Conditions for the Success of Integrated Water Resources Management
March 23-27, 2019
Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) principles support the sustainable management of water through collaboration, innovative science and technology, as well as community-based planning and implementation. At its best, IWRM applies knowledge from various disciplines and diverse stakeholders to devise and implement equitable and sustainable solutions to water-related issues. Since IWRM’s inception in the early 1990s, a growing number of organizations have adopted or been empowered to enact the principles of IWRM in day-to-day activities.
Following in the steps of the 2011 and 2014 AWRA IWRM conferences, the 2019 AWRA Spring Specialty Conference will support dialogue, sharing, and learning about the tactics, strategies and policies that are helping IWRM succeed across North America and the world. Researchers, practitioners and academics will assemble in Nebraska - a state that has implementing IWRM for over a decade - to consider how IWRM can become the normative model of water management, or simply, “how we do things.”
Why is this Conference Important?
Whether your organization has been practicing IWRM for years or is just starting to explore how it can support your mission, the conference will expand your knowledge and understanding and connect you to practitioners and policy-makers who are also seeking to improve and share. In Omaha, we will confer about what policy conditions are needed for IWRM to succeed, what has or hasn’t worked in IWRM, and what innovative data and tools are being developed and used to support IWRM.
Abstracts are being sought for both oral and poster presentations and are due by November 16. There are three main topic categories:
- What is needed for IWRM to Succeed?;
- Success stories, cautionary tales and status reports; and
- Tricks and tools of the trade.
Each category has a list of sub-topics to choose from. Topical sessions and panels are also an option. Contact Program Technical Co-Chair Michael Campana (firstname.lastname@example.org; 541-602-4085) with your ideas no later than October. 16. Note that presenters for all accepted abstracts must pay the appropriate conference registration fee.