16.09.2011 - Natural Sciences Sector

ICQHS prepares conference on traditional knowledge of water resources management

The International Centre for Qantas and Hydrological Structures (ICQHS, a UNESCO category 2 centre) is organizing an international conference on Traditional Knowledge for Water Resources Management (TKWRM) to be held 21-23 Feb 2012 in Yazd, Iran.

The objective of this conference is to bring together leading water management experts from all over the world to:

  1. Present their findings and lessons learnt from sustainability, adaptation to climate variability and community participation of traditional water management techniques, and discuss how to incorporate such technologies into short-term decision-making and long-term water management and policy-making;
  2. Exchange ideas and experiences on how learning from traditional knowledge could be systematically incorporated as an integrated element of water related decision-making process and different actors could be identified and involved in the process with emphasis on involvement of and capacity building for the civil society;
  3. Identify research areas for incorporating modern advancements with traditional knowledge to address evolving global needs and establish links to further pursue these areas; and
  4. Establish a permanent secretary at ICQHS to network among scientists contributing to understanding of traditional techniques in water resources management and to host the "International Qanats Club".

ICQHS, the organizer, has also called on for paper submissions with below themes:

  • Sustainability of Traditional Water Management Systems and Coping with Emerging Challenges (Climate Change & Food Security Issues);
  • Traditional Practices in Community Participation and Level of Decision-Making in Water Resources Management; and
  • The Role of Culture in Water Resources Management

Dates regarding paper submission are:

  • Abstract Submission: 1 September 2011
  • Notification of Abstract Acceptance: 30 September 2011
  • Full paper submission: 30 November 2011

Conference website

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