World Water Congress takes place in Edinburgh

The UK Committee for National and International Hydrology (IHP), based at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) hosted the International Water Resources Association World Water Congress in Edinburgh this month.

The event was attended by leading UK-based water scientists and highlighted UNESCO’s work in the UK related to water through the UNESCO IHP. The event explored the importance of an interdisciplinary catchment based approach to managing and protecting water resources. Contributions were drawn from the fields of hydrological sciences, freshwater policy, international basin management and operational water supply.

Professor Alan Jenkins, CEH and Chair of the UK National Committee for the IHP, said, “The session demonstrated some of the important scientific contributions that UK hydrologists are making to the IHP and highlighted opportunities for future engagement in the Programme under its Eighth Phase.”

Professor David Harper, Member of the IHP National Committee, presented his long-standing IHP Ecohydrology work on Lake Naivasha basin in Kenya. His talk offered a valuable link between scientific research and policymaking.

The Session generated some interesting discussions and highlighted the difficult challenges faced by the global community to improve catchment management. However, it also highlighted some great examples of UK scientists and practitioners rising to these challenges to deliver integrated catchment management approaches both in this country and overseas.