Water, energy, and climate are closely linked, and considerable work has been done in recent years to try to identify and understand those links, with a focus on water quantity, scarcity, and use. Less work, however, has been done on the connections between energy, climate and the quality of water resources especially the risks to water quality from energy operations and climate changes. New information about how climate change will affect water quality is becoming available and there are growing threats from challenges such as enhanced fossil fuel production.
This seminar will focus on the science of how climate change and related energy policies will affect water quality; and the governance/policy issues around how to manage these water quality impacts. During this seminar, information will be presented on linkages of water, energy and climate change as well as on the latest trends in water quality and the related responses.
09:00 - Opening Remarks and Setting the scene
Jacqueline Alder, UNEP
What do we know about water quality, energy and Climate Change? Are the legislative frameworks adequate?
09:10 - Water & Energy linkages to Water Quality and Climate Change
Dr. Peter Gleick, Pacific Institute
09:25 - Which water for which use? Exploring water quality instruments in the context of a changing climate with increasing energy and water demand
Ms. Katharine Cross, International Water Association (IWA)
09:40 – International Water Quality Guidelines on Ecosystems
Prof. Jan Leentvar, UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education.
09:55 - Questions and answers
10:30 - Coffee break
Worrying Water Quality Trends and Impacts: Are country responses enough?
11:00 - Towards the World Water Quality Assessment
Dr. Ilona Barlund, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ
Dr. Martina Flörke, CESR, University of Kassel
11:15 – The new data center of the Global Environmental Monitoring System (GEMS)/Water Programme
Dr. Johannes Cullmann, Federal Institute of Hydrology, Germany
11:30 - Capacity Building for Global Monitoring of Water Quality
Dr. Deborah Chapman, University College Cork, Ireland
11:45 - Reversing Water Quality Deterioration: The Case of Brazil
Mr. Marcelo Pires da Costa, National Water Agency (ANA), Brazil
12:00 - Questions and answers
12:30 - Close of Seminar
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