Technical Meetings – 2017


Integrated Urban Water Management

A joint talk with the British Hydrological Society.

Date: 10th November 2017

Urbanisation is typically associated with detrimental changes in water resources, including modified flow regimes, reduced water quality, increased sediment transport, and degraded ecosystems. The frequency and intensity of water-related hazards, such as floods, droughts and pollution events, can increase with population growth and climate change, and in turn put greater stress on systems for water treatment, stormwater and sewage treatment. These changes may have knock-on impacts downstream of urban centres. Reversing degradation to water and other natural resources, whilst meeting the increased demand for ecosystem services, requires significant changes in management practices. This meeting explored aspects of managing freshwater, wastewater and stormwater, in and from urban areas, as components of a basin-wide water resource management plan.

Speakers and Topics

Keynote Speaker – Dustin Garrick (University of Oxford)

Urban Water Management in the Hindu-Kush” Pete Harrison, Jessica Morrissey and Valeria Pini (Landell Mills)

Integrated Urban Water Management: Lessons from London” Michael Henderson and Melinda Davies (AECOM)

Systems Modelling for Integrated Urban Water Management” Ana Mijic, Leyang Liu and Jimmy O’Keeffe (Imperial College London)

Predicting Future Change in Water Flows and Quality in Urbanising Catchments” Mike Hutchins and James Miller (Centre for Ecology & Hydrology)

Urban Flood Resilience in an Uncertain Future” Shaun Maskrey (University of Nottingham)

“Is the Urban Landscape being Excluded from Natural Flood Management” Thea Wingfield, Kim Peters and Neil Macdonald (University of Liverpool), Jack Spees (Ribble Rivers Trust) and Karen Potter (Open University)

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Irrigation and Water Supply: Conflict or Opportunity?

Date: 24th February 2017

Reliable access to safe drinking water was one of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and more recently one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Although good progress has been made, there are still many people with inadequate access to water, and in some situations conflict exists between water for agriculture and water for domestic use. There are sometimes contested rights to water sources and often different

institutional arrangements exist for managing agricultural and domestic water. Equally there may be opportunities for shared use of water, and grey water from domestic waste is a valuable resource. Multiple Use Systems (MUS) provide opportunities to grow small areas of vegetables and other valuable crops from systems primarily designed for domestic use. Both conflict and opportunity are most obvious in small systems, such as those found in rural Nepal, but major irrigation canals are used as the source of drinking water in many arid countries, such as Egypt and Pakistan

Unlike other meetings which look at problems and innovations related to large scale irrigation, this meeting focused at the opposite end of the spectrum. The half-day seminar examined experiences and progress in bridging the gap between rural water supply and irrigation, and assessed the role of integrated water resource management (IWRM) in ensuring sustainable access to and use of water for both agriculture and domestic use.

Speakers and Topics

The importance of managing water locally in a fragile state context” StJohn (Singe) Day (Adam Smith International)

Management of groundwater in Burkina Faso for domestic agricultural and livestock uses” Vincent Casey (WaterAid)

Experiences from the WASH results fund” Ian Ross (Oxford Policy Management)

“Can climate finance stimulate better sharing of water between agricultural and domestic water users: lesson from Nepal” Simon Howarth (Mott MacDonald)