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New publication by Hydro Nation Scholar, Christopher Schulz: 'Applying a 'Value Landscapes Approach' to Conflicts in Water Governance: The Case of the Paraguay-Paraná Waterway'
Hydro Nation scholar Christopher Schulz just published a paper in Ecological Economics, entitled: "Applying a 'Value Landscapes Approach' to Conflicts in Water Governance: The Case of the Paraguay-Paraná Waterway". This paper, with co-authorship of his supervisory team of Julia Martin-Ortega, Antonio Ioris, and Klaus Glenk, is an application of Christopher's own theoretical framework on the role of values in water governance, that was published earlier this year in the same journal. Based on interviews conducted with members of the water sector in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso, the paper explains how the decades-old conflict around the construction of a waterway through the Brazilian Pantanal wetland can be interpreted as a clash of different values. The publication is available for download for free until 14th May 2017.
Hydro Nation Scholar, Bas Buddenborf's EGU General Assembly 2016 conference report published New publication by Hydro Nation Scholar, Christopher Schulz: 'The Value Base of Water Governance: A Multi-Disciplinary Perspective'
Hydro Nation Scholar, Christopher Schulz, together with his supervisory team, recently published his first article in Ecological Economics entitled "The Value Base of Water Governance: A Multi-Disciplinary Perspective". This conceptual paper looks at different theoretical approaches towards environmental values, integrates them into a new conceptual framework and explains how this framework can be applied for empirical research on values and water governance. It also serves as a theoretical base for Christopher's own PhD research. The publication is available for download
Hydro Nation Scholar, Yuan Li wins poster competition at the RSC Water Framework Directive Priority Substances conference
Congratulations to Yuan Li for winning the poster competition at November's Royal Society of Chemistry's (RSC) 'Water Framework Directive Priority Substances – where should we control them?' conference, with her contribution 'Optimising the removal of steroid hormones and Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Products (PPCPs) from aqueous media using low cost biosorbents.' This conference was the third in a series and aimed to bring together leading EU and UK experts in the field of Priority Substances listed in Annex X of the Water Framework Directive. The event discussed issues associated with Priority Substance compliance, where they come from, and where best to control them. An article related to Yuan Li's work will appear in an RSC journal and RSC newsletter.
Hydro Nation Scholar Scholar, Bas Buddendorf to present at the AGU Fall meeting, San Francisco 12th-16th December 2016
Hydro Nation Scholar, Bas Buddendorf will be attending the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall meeting in San Francisco in December. Bas will be giving a talk titled 'Spatio-Temporal Effects Of River Regulation On Habitat Suitability For Juvenile Atlantic Salmon: Implications For Ecosystem Functioning.' His study focussed on the River Lyon, a tributary of the Tay, Scotland's largest river. Bas investigated the effects of different types of river regulation (hydropeaking, compensation flow and near-natural) on the hydraulic characteristics of downstream river reaches and inferred the consequences for juvenile salmon using hydraulic habitat suitability models. This work improves understanding of the effects of regulation on biophysical processes and may be useful in managing trade-offs between management, restoration, and societal benefits.
Hydro Nation Scholar Welcome event Autumn 2016
In 2016, we will welcome a further five scholars to the growing Hydro Nation Scholars Programme. The Hydro Nation staff team and current scholars look forward to welcoming them to the programme at a welcome event in Autumn 2016 and supporting them in the commencement of their PhD studies.
Hydro Nation Scholar, Nazli's blog 'Coastal freshwater aquifer joins the sea'
Nazli Koseoglu's blog 'Coastal freshwater aquifer joins the sea' is now available on the Life Plus 2 meters website. The Life Plus 2 Meters project is designed to help people think about and prepare for adapting to climate change. It is a non-commercial, crowdsourced project which allows authors to offer their vision of a climate-changed world where sea levels have risen by 2 m, 'extreme' weather is routine, and people must adapt to complex changes in environmental, social, political and economic conditions. Authors' visions are published as blogs for discussion and debate, and in 2017 a selection of posts will be collated for a book, Life Plus 2 meters.
HABITAT III -the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development
Hydro Nation Scholar, Robert Sakic Trogrlic attended HABITAT III - the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, where UN member state will establish global commitment to sustainable urbanisation through a global agreement – the New Urban Agenda.
Robert was invited by the HABITAT III Secretariat to be a speaker for the Children and Youth Roundtable, representing Water Youth Network. He was also in charge of organising and facilitating a session entitled The role of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation for building urban resilience, organised jointly by Water Youth Netwrok, United Nations Major Group for Chilren and Youth and TERI- The Energy and Resources Institute. This is part of Science, Technology and Innovation Stream of the Children and Youth Forum, which was held on October 15th.
Robert also had a role in supporting (along with Water Youth Network) the HABITAT III youth representative of the Netherlands and Dutch Government in organising a youth competition called Youth for Sustainable Urban Deltas, the winner of which will get a chance to present at COP22 in November 2016.
Hydro Nation Scottish-Indian Entrepreneurship Programme 2016-2017
In the run up to the launch of the Scottish Government's Hydro Nation Entrepreneurs Programme, a number of the Hydro Nation Scholars have met with programme organiser Adam Purvis, Power of Youth to give their thoughts on meeting the needs of the global water sector and engaging with entrepreneurs in Scotland and India. A number of scholars will also attend the Hydro Nation Entrepreneurs Summit in Edinburgh in September 2016.
RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, London, 30th August to 2nd September 2016
Hydro Nation Scholar, Christopher Schulz will be presenting at the Annual International Conference of the Royal Geographic Society. The theme for the 2016 Annual Conference is nexus thinking, an approach that has attracted a surge of interest in the last five years among academics, policy-makers and third sector organizations. The aim of nexus thinking is to address the interdependencies, tensions and trade-offs between different environmental and social domains. Christopher’s talk, titled ‘Valuing Water in Mato Grosso, Brazil’, will discuss how water is valued by the local population culturally, the use of water in the state’s main economic activities and its wider role in sustaining the biggest wetland in the world, the Pantanal, and associated challenges and conflicts over water governance, pollution and investment in domestic water supply and sanitation.
Hydro Nation Scholar, Bas Buddenborf's EGU General Assembly 2016 conference report published
Hydro Nation Scholar, Bas Buddendorf's conference report for the EGU General Assembly 2016 has been published in the BHS newsletter 'Circulation' No. 130, after Bas received a travel grant to attend the conference. His conference report is available to download.