Conference proceedings – 2016

Where

Taj Palace, New Delhi

When

12-14 September 2016

Great rivers of the world: management for shared benefits

Managing our great rivers to meet the needs of the global population is one of the key challenges of the 21st century. With an overarching theme of ‘Great rivers of the world: Management for shared benefits’, the 2016 Riversymposium tackled some of the world’s most pressing river basin management issues. The theme explored the challenges many countries are facing in their quest to effectively balance competing demands for freshwater resources—including urban expansion, industrialisation, power generation, irrigation and domestic use. Productive, collaborative and urgent discussion on this topic will mitigate potentially disastrous outcomes, including regional tension, environmental migration and low economic growth. The program incorporated a range of topics and perspectives from different parts of the world, with dedicated exploration of the unique challenges in the Greater Himalaya.

16

Keynote speakers

60

+ sessions

16

Partners

400+

Delegates

Partners

Keynote speakers

Rajendra Singh

India

Rajendra Singh is a highly regarded water conservationist from Alwar district, Rajasthan in India. Also known as the ‘waterman of India’, Rajendra won the Stockholm Water Prize, an award known as ‘the Nobel Prize for water’, in 2015. Previously, he won the Ramon Magsaysay Award for community leadership in 2001 for his pioneering work in community-based efforts in water harvesting...

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Leena Srivastava

India

Dr. Leena Srivastava is the Vice Chancellor of the TERI University, New Delhi – a uniquely inter-disciplinary higher education institution, focussed on sustainable development. She is a member of various committees and Boards both at the international and national levels, including the Advisory Board to the President of ADB on Climate Change and Sustainable Development, the Administrative Board of the...

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David Molden

Nepal

Dr. David James Molden is the Director General of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), an intergovernmental knowledge organisation dedicated to mountains and people of the Hindu-Kush Himalayan region.  Dr Molden is a research for development specialist with skills in water resource management and sustainable mountain development, with an interest in integrating social, technical, and environmental aspects of...

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Gary Brierley

New Zealand

Gary Brierley

New Zealand

Professor Gary Brierley is a geomorphologist who specialises in the use of landscape science to guide coherent and proactive management applications, particularly in river rehabilitation and conservation. He was born in the UK, completed his postgraduate work in Canada, established the foundations of his academic career in Australia, and moved to New Zealand in 2005. He is now Chair of...

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Genevieve Connors

India/USA

Dr. Genevieve Connors is the Program Leader for Water and Sustainability in the India Country Office of the World Bank. She is based in New Delhi, where she currently works in the office of the Country Director on new operations and on analytical work in the Bank’s sustainability sectors, including water, environment, agriculture and irrigation, rural development, disaster management and...

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Chris Gippel

Australia

Chris Gippel

Australia

Dr Chris Gippel is Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Rivers Institute, Griffith University, and a private consultant. He earned his PhD in 1989 from the Department of Geography and Oceanography, University College, University of New South Wales, and in the past three years, has been awarded fellowships from the Chinese Central People’s Government four times, facilitating sabbaticals to...

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Govert Geldof

Netherlands

Govert Geldof

Netherlands

Dr Govert Geldof is a senior consultant, leading his own company in Tzum in the north of the Netherlands, and a visiting associate professor at DTU in Denmark and at the University of Twente. His main interest is complexity. As a civil and water engineer, he realised at the beginning of the ‘90s that technical knowledge is not enough for...

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Jean-Francois Donzier

France

Jean-François Donzier has been the General Manager of the International Office for Water since 1991. He is General Secretary of the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO) and of the International Network of Water Training Centers (INWTC).He was Governor of the World Water Council at its creation in 1997 and GWP Steering Committee Member for 6 years. As a General in the French National...

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Greg Koch

USA

Greg Koch is a globally recognised leader in water resource management, driving Coca-Cola’s global water stewardship program across some 1,000 facilities and numerous agricultural supply regions. Greg and the program focus on water use efficiency and wastewater management in production facilities; watershed protection and climate change adaptation; community water initiatives; supply chain water management, global awareness and action, and water policy...

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Kate Lazarus

Laos/USA

Kate Lazarus

Laos/USA

Kate Lazarus leads the International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) hydropower advisory program in Asia. Since 2012, she has developed and managed an advisory program on environmental and social standards for the hydropower sector in Asia including Lao PDR, Myanmar, Nepal and Pakistan. This program engages the private sector to help raise standards and lower development impacts. Kate was instrumental in developing the...

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Stéphanie Duvail

France

Dr. Stéphanie Duvail is a geographer with the French Institute of Research for Development (IRD). Her research deals primarily with wetland management, with a special interest in the impacts of large dams on the ecosystems and livelihoods of coastal wetlands and their potential restoration through managed flood releases. She has extensive experience with multi-disciplinary and participatory research. Her PhD focused...

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Peter Wallbrink

Australia

Peter Wallbrink

Australia

Dr Peter Wallbrink is the Research Director for Basin Management Outcomes at CSIRO, Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation. The Basin Management Outcomes program has an international outlook, and aims to deliver impact and value in the area of integrated water resource management. It has a focus on achieving triple-bottom-line outcomes at the basin scale and seeks to apply...

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Ashvani Gosain

India

Ashvani Kumar Gosain, Professor in the Civil Engineering Department at IIT Delhi, has made a significant contribution to the NATCOM – the National Communication to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). His recent assignments include the formulation of the Ganga River Basin Management Plan (GRBMP), of which he was the Team Leader of the Water Resources Management...

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Qingfeng Zhang

China

Qingfeng Zhang is the Asian Development Bank's lead water resources specialist. He is the Director of the Environment and Natural Resources Division within the East Asia Department, and also Chair of the Water Sector Group at ADB.

Keynote presentation: Aquatic ecosystem restoration: Lessons learned from ADB

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Special sessions

Water for equality and wellbeing in Asia

BREAKFAST EVENT | University of Queensland Global Change Institute

Water for equality and wellbeing in Asia

BREAKFAST EVENT | University of Queensland Global Change Institute

Hindu-Kush Himalayas: The role of mountains in water security

SESSION | International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development

Hindu-Kush Himalayas: The role of mountains in water security

SESSION | International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development

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Asia-Pacific water stewardship

FORUM (full day) | Alliance for Water Stewardship

Asia-Pacific water stewardship

FORUM (full day) | Alliance for Water Stewardship

Indus, Ganges and Brahmaputra: The future of Himalayan rivers

SESSION | World Bank

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Civil society and transboundary water management experiences from South and South East Asia

SESSION | The Asia Foundation

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Managing drought and water scarcity: do key principles transcend basins, regions and nations?

WORKSHOP | Australian Water Partnership

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River basin planning and strategic water management in Asia: prospects for the 21st century

SESSION | WWF

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Advancing hydropower governance across Asia

SESSION| International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

Advancing hydropower governance across Asia

SESSION| International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

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Integrated Ayeyarwady river basin management in a transforming Myanmar

WORKSHOP | Australian Water Partnership

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Developing effective fish passages for South-East Asian and Himalayan hydropower projects

SESSION | International Finance Corporation

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The role of environmental flows in broad-based basin planning for hydropower in Asia

SESSION | International Finance Corporation

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Keeping rivers alive: Knowledge to practice

SESSION | WWF

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Informing Change in the Indus Basin: Knowledge Sharing and Cross-Basin Learning to Support Stronger Transboundary Management

SESSION | IWMI

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The river basin report card game: Understanding stakeholder decision-making

GAME | The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

The river basin report card game: Understanding stakeholder decision-making

GAME | The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

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Basin planning in the Brahmani Baitarani Basin, India

SESSION| CSIRO

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Social events

Women and Water

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Sunday, 11 September (PM)

Understanding gender roles is important in managing the world’s water, recognised by the United Nations and proven to result in more efficient water management. In the developing world, women are often the principal water managers at the family level—but have been frequently excluded from high-level decision. Women and Water provides a forum for perspectives on the significance of rivers and waters to gender and culture, recognising women as agents of change and plan for a more equitable water future.

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Riversymposium Welcome reception

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Monday, 12 September (PM)

The Riversymposium welcome reception offers the change to connect with delegates from around the world in a relaxed social setting. After the conclusion of sessions on day one, join fellow delegates for an informal and warm welcome over food and beverages.

Riverprize Gala Dinner

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Tuesday, 13 September (PM)

Riverprize is a prominent environmental award giving recognition to those who have developed and implemented outstanding, visionary and sustainable programs in river management and restoration. The Riverprize Gala Dinner is the highlight of the Riversymposium social program, bringing award finalists, conference delegates, IRF partners and VIPs together for a night of networking, entertainment, food and drinks—and, of course, the announcement of the 2016 International Riverprize winner, Emerging River Professional Award Winner and Vera Thiess Fellow.

Study tours

Yamuna

Yamuna: healthy rivers, healthy villages

Date: 15 September 2016
Departs: New Delhi

The Yamuna is the longest tributary of the Ganges, covering 40.2% of the entire basin. Along it are dozens of diverse river communities, who rely on the Yamuna for irrigation, religious significance, bathing and more. Despite the river’s high pollution levels, the government of India has announced plans to rebuild and repair its sewage system and the drains that empty into the river. Delegates will visit the Somb-Thapana river catchment and gain valuable education on Indian river systems, with emphasis on communities’ river restoration work through concerted conservation efforts and catchment restoration plans.

Awards

The International RiverFoundation presented two prestigious awards at the Riverprize Gala Dinner in conjunction with the 2016 International Riversymposium: the Emerging River Professional Award and the Thiess International Riverprize.

Riverprize is the world’s most prestigious river award, recognising, rewarding and supporting outstanding, visionary and sustainable programs in river management—and the Emerging River Professional Award (ERPA) recognises and fosters those in the early stages of their careers in rivers who have demonstrated innovation, excellence and leadership in river, basin or river-dependent community management.

The Vera Thiess Fellowship for 2016-17 will also be formally awarded.

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RiverExpo

RiverExpo was introduced to Riversymposium in 2014 and is a modern new take on the traditional trade exhibition, enabling all groups with services, products or ideas to meet and network with a diverse global audience—from river managers to policy developers, scientists, consultants, students, NGOs, indigenous and community organisations and business and industry representatives. The RiverExpo space incorporates art, culture and interactive activities.

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