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World Water Day 2016 - Water & Sustainability: A Hydro Nation Approach


22 March 2016 - to celebrate World Water Day
13:00 to 17:05, at the University of Dundee

Organised by Scottish Government, University of Dundee, the University of Strathclyde, and the International Water Resources Association.

In this cross-disciplinary event, experts from a wide range of water-focused institutions will exchange perspectives and predictions regarding the impact of the UN's new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on the water sector. The contributions of Scotland’s Hydro Nation program and other international programs toward achieving the SDGs will be highlighted as the speakers and panelists explore cutting edge solutions to global water issues.

The event is free but ticketed (tickets are available from Eventbrite), and available to be viewed online (via IWRA).

Event timetable:

  • 13:00 – 13:25
    Welcome & Event Overview/ SDGs and Hydro Nation
    Jon Rathjen - Scottish Government, Water Industry Team Leader

  • 13:25 – 13:35
    Keynote: SDGs IWRM, including transboundary
    Prof. John Rowan, University of Dundee

  • 13:35 – 14:35
    1st Panel Session: Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), including transboundary.

    IWRM is described as a process that promotes the coordinated development and management of water, land and related resources in order to maximize economic and social welfare in an equitable manner without compromising the sustainability of vital ecosystems. The concept is reflected in the 1992 Dublin Principles, Agenda 21, and the 2002 the Johannesburg Implementation Plan on Sustainable Development, which called upon States to develop IWRM plans by 2005. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), through SDG Goal 6.5, went a step further by stipulating that IWRM should be implemented at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate, by 2030.  Despite this political commitment to IWRM, there are significant challenges in its implementation, which largely center on the difficulties in coordination across multiple sectors, between diverse interests and users, and across multiple spatial and governance scales. The panel will explore these challenges from a range of perspectives and consider ways in which IWRM might be effectively and universally achieved.


  • Panel chair – Renee Martin-Nagle, University of Strathclyde
    Panel members:

    • Alistair Rieu-Clarke - University of Dundee

    • Guy Howard - Department for International Development

    • Andy Vinten – JHI – Patanal International Network catchment work

    • Ina Porras – IIED – Payment for Ecosystem Services

    • Brighid Dochartaigh - BGS – Africa Groundwater Atlas


  • 14:35 – 14:50


  • 14:50 – 14:55

    Welcome back from the break & round up of comments so far - including audience comments & online questions #HydroNation

    Jon Rathjen

  • 14:55 – 15:05
    Keynote: Malawi Climate Justice Work
    Prof. Robert Kalin – University of Strathclyde 


  • 15:05 – 16:05
    2nd Panel – Water and Sanitation: Innovation and Regulation at home and abroad.

    The overall focus of SDG6 is on the availability of water and especially, the delivery of water and sanitation services; the agreement to have a water goal was to a great extent driven by the continued failure to make these most basic services available, especially to the world’s poor. The targets under Goal 6 link service delivery to the management of the resource and the protection of the broader ecosystem services that the water environment provides. The Scottish Government’s Hydro Nation strategy emphasises the role of service delivery at home and abroad, and encourages those working in water in Scotland to develop new solutions to problems, including technical innovation, governance and regulation, and research across the water sciences. The panel will explore these challenges from a range of perspectives and consider ways in which IWRA might be effectively and universally achieved. 

  • Panel chair – Sarah Hendry, University of Dundee
    Panel members:
    • Fiona Parker - Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP
    • Joanna Keating - Scottish Government, International Development Team Leader

    • George Ponton - Scottish Water Innovation Manager

    • Helen Anderson - Water Aid

    • Dan Smith - Royal HaskoningDHV UK, Civil and Environmental Engineer


  • 16:05 – 16:50
    3rd Panel – Speedtalks by Hydro Nation Scholars

  • Panel chair – Prof. Bob Ferrier – The James Hutton Institute
    Hydro Nation Scholars:

    • Ruby Moynihan

    • Juan-Carlos Sanchez

    • Bas Buddendorf

    • Nazli Koseoglu


  • 16:50 – 17:05

    Launch, Final round up of online comments & Thanks
    Jon Rathjen

  • Launch of MOOC Local Water Solutions for Global Challenges; and
    Launch The Geographer Special Issue.

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