OTTAWA, Sept. 23, 2011 /CNW/ - From the retreat of glaciers in the Andes
and the Himalayas, to the drought-stricken farms of the Middle East, to
the flooded streets of South African cities, Canada's International
Development Research Centre recognizes that climate change threatens
communities. As the international community gathers in Porto de
Galinhas, Brazil, for the XIVth International Water Resources
Association (IWRA) World Water Congress, September 25-29, IDRC will be
on the ground to showcase how communities around the globe are
harnessing science, technology, and indigenous knowledge to manage
their access to water more equitably and efficiently.
IDRC staff and IDRC-funded researchers at the IWRA World Water Congress
will discuss their work ranging from how wastewater is reducing
reliance on rain-fed agriculture in India, Ghana, and the Middle East;
the promotion of decentralized, renewable energy technologies for water
services in in Latin America and Southern and Eastern Africa; mapping
and reducing risk of storm surge floods in low-lying communities in
South Africa; and how communities in Bolivia are using appropriate
technology and adapting traditional farming methods to cope with the
shrinking Illimani Glacier.
Highlights of IDRC's participation at the XIVth World Water Congress:
In an English and Spanish briefing on Monday, September 26, Dr. Ajaya
Dixit, Institute for Social and Environmental Transition Nepal, Juan
Carlos Alurralde, Universidad Mayor de San Andres, and Adalberto
Noyola, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, will discuss findings
of research conducted in the Andes, the Himalayas, and on wastewater
and energy in Latin America. They will also discuss broader
implications of the impact of climate change on water. The session is
open to journalists only. Registration: email@example.com.
Don't miss IDRC's special sessions, Mountain Glaciers melting and livelihood in the Andes and the Himalayas, and Water and Sanitation: LAC cities adapting to climate change by making
better use of their available energy resources.
Meet the Experts
Stop by the IDRC booth and meet water experts! Talk to Mark Redwood about wastewater use in agriculture; Marco Rondon about the impact of melting glaciers on farming systems in the Andes; Walter Ubal Giordano, a specialist on urban water management; or to the winners of the
Research Awards for Young Scholars, who will discuss their innovative
projects on climate change and water.
Journalists and the public can join in the conversation through Twitter (#IDRC and #IWRA2011) and Facebook.
For more information, visit www.idrc.ca.
A key part of Canada's aid program since 1970, the International
Development Research Centre (IDRC) supports research in developing
countries to promote growth and development. IDRC also encourages
sharing this knowledge with policymakers, other researchers, and
communities around the world. The result is innovative, lasting local
solutions that aim to bring choice and change to those who need it
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