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Ground Water Poverty and Development
Friday 28th November 2014 - ODI, London

Gerald Lacey Memorial Lecture - The Water, Energy and Food Nexus: is it really new?
Monday 12th May 2014 | Jeremy Bird, IWMI
This years 2014 Gerald Lacy Memorial Lecture was given by Jeremy Bird, Director General of the International Water Management Institute, who is based in Sri Lanka

HH7: Contesting Hegemony - The Seventh International Workshop on Hydro-Hegemony
Saturday and Sunday 10-11 May 2014, UEA London

Seventh International Workshop on Hydro-Hegemony 2014: Contesting Hegemony
The Workshops theme was "Contesting Hegemony". Practitioners, researchers, journalists and activists were called to openly, critically and creatively question the destructive trans-boundary water interactions and challenge the constrictive dominant ideas.

From Ground to Growth - Can Africa's Hidden Water Resource Help Secure Future Agricultural Growth & FoofSecurity
Friday 21st March 2014, UEA/ODI London
ODI's Water Policy Programme (WPP), the Global Water Initiative East Africa (GWI) and UEA's Water Security Research Centre (WSRC) will host a flagship event on 21 March 2014 to mark World Water Day (22nd March). The event will bring together international experts from a range of disciplines and sector perspectives to discuss four key themes: The Ground Water Perspective, The Agricultural and Poverty Perspective, The Financing and Economic Perspective, and Lessons from the Asian Perspective.
This event will also see the official launch the collaborative publication:

Water Security: Principles, Perspectives and Practices
The purpose of this book is to present an overview of the latest research, policy, practitioner, academic and international thinking on water security—an issue that, like water governance a few years ago, has developed much policy awareness and momentum with a wide range of stakeholders. As a concept it is open to multiple interpretations, and the authors here set out the various approaches to the topic from different perspectives.
Bruce Lankford, Mark Zeitoun, Karen Bakker, Declan Conway
Read a review of Water Security: Principles, Perspectives and Practices

"The Daunting Challenge of Canal Irrigation Reform for Water Productivity and Food Security"
Friday 21st February 2014 - 2.00pm till 5.30pm @ The Institute of Civil Engineers, ICE, London
UEA Water Security & The Irrigation and Water Forum
The Irrigation and Water Forum and UEA Water Security are hosting a half-day technical meeting on the appropriate design and reform of canal irrigation systems and services under the guise of irrigation rehabilitation and modernisation. The improvement of irrigation performance, underpinned by design that offers better manageability, is a vital part of the anticipation that water and land productivity will have to rise over the next few decades to meet future food demands – yet without having to default to pressurised systems. To set the stage, it is remarkable that the 2013 publication "Solutions for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems" prepared by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network failed to refer to the challenges and rewards of canal irrigation instead highlighting the popular but nonetheless risky solutions of micro-scale irrigation technologies. This programme starts with a keynote presentation from one of the most foremost specialists working in this field.
Slide shows of the talks can be downloaded here:

Resource Efficiency Complexity and the Commons: The Paracommons and Paradoxes of Natural Resource Losses, Wastes and Wastages.
Date: 11th December 2013, UEA Norwich
The efficient use of natural resources is key to a sustainable economy, and yet the complexities of the physical aspects of resource efficiency are poorly understood. In this challenging book, the author proposes a major advance in our understanding of this topic by analysing resource efficiency and efficiency gains from the perspective of common pool resources, applying this idea particularly to water resources and its use in irrigated agriculture.
Prof Bruce Lankford

One-day workshop/seminar: Water and the Green Economy
8 November 2013 - Institute of Civil Engineers, London
The UEA Water Security/The Irrigation and Water Forum conference "Water and the Green Economy" came to a successful close on Friday 8th November with an array of delegates taking part. Eleven talks covered projects from all over the world, presented by representatives from many different organisations. The day began with two keynote presentations from Jean-Paul Penrose (DFID) and Mohamed Ait Kadi (Chair, GWP Technical Committee).
A number of themes appeared throughout the conference. The necessity of economic activity for development coupled with acknowledgement that water security is a fluid and debatable issue formed an undercurrent throughout. Another theme was that change is happening now and we need to decide how to adapt whilst realising that there will be trade-offs. It was also evident that governance and political institutions are an important component of change. Finally, in most cases more evidence in the form of reliable data is required to make informed decisions on water-related development issues.
Follow this link to access the full IWF Summary and copies of the talks

A presentation by the visiting Principal Secretary for the Department of Land Resources, India on the Integrated Watershed Management Program (IWMP) in India.
23rd September 2013
Mr Bipin Bihari Srivastava, the Principal Secretary for the Department of Land Resources presented on the preparation of a major national watershed project that is designed to complement and improve the outcomes of the government of India's Integrated Watershed Management Program (IWMP)
The Secretary was also be interested in learning more about new approaches for natural resource and water management, river basin management, and integrating climate change into watershed programs, with emphasis on enhanced use of science and technology, capacity building, monitoring and evaluation. In particular, what UEA and its Water Security group is doing in these areas with a view to sharing the concept of this approach and explore the possibility of collaborative assistance in the area of capacity building.
Although his presentation had to be cut short by time constraints, the full Power Point presentation can be downloaded here. The Secretary is particularly interested in hearing your views about his presentation, if you have thoughts or questions you would like to put to the Secretary then please contact him direct on his e-mail:  

World Water Week: 1-6 September 2013
World Water Week is hosted and organised by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and takes place each year in Stockholm. The World Water Week has been the annual focal point for the globe's water issues since 1991.
At this years event the UEA, in conjunction with Kings College London, and under the auspices of the London Water Research Group, will be hosting an event entitled "Achieving Justice through Transboundary Water Cooperation". The event questions the very basics of transboundary water cooperation, by putting forth cutting edge perspectives on transboundary water justice. To learn more and to register for this event, please visit Events Programme.

Small is bountiful (but messy): informal irrigation and new directions for food security in sub-Saharan Africa
20 May 2013 - Gerald Lacey Lecture
This year ICID and ICE were very pleased that the 2013 Gerald Lacey lecture was given by Charlotte de Fraiture, Professor of Hydraulic Engineering for Land and Water Development. This lecture described the thriving informal irrigation sector, analysed its actual and potential contribution to food security and drew lessons for further irrigation development in sub-Saharan Africa.
Download a PDF copy of the lecture here: Gerald Lacey Lecture


Past events supported by UEA Water Security Research Centre:

What colour is your water? A critical review of blue, green and other ‘waters' UEA/ICID seminar - 22 February 2013
This seminar organised by ICID.UK and the UEA Water Security Research Centre critically reviewed the colours concept applied to water resources management; e.g. blue water for surface freshwater; green water for rainfed agricultural evaporation; grey water, brown water etc. A recording of the event and list of speakers is available here

International Workshop: HH6: Transboundary Water Justice - 12-13 January 2013
UEA Global Environmental Justice group, Water Security Research Centre and the London Water Research Group
The sixth International Workshop on Hydro-Hegemony took place at UEA's London campus. Researchers, practitioners, journalists, activists and all those interested in exploring how 'justice' might inform international transboundary interaction are called to join in open, creative and critical discussion. *NEW* HH6 Proceedings, Presentations and videos available here!