WCCE - IAHR Publishing joint initiative Survey

Dear  members,

World Council of Civil Engineers (WCCE)  in collaboration with IAHR and Taylor and Francis is conducting a survey using SurveyMonkey to explore launching a new peer-reviewed journal focussed on best practice, case studies and application of research to bridge the gap between academia and the world of practice in the area of water.

You are invited to participate in this research project because of your importance in our Association. If you like we will follow up in a few days with a telephone call to help you to fill the survey on line (20 minutes). In addition to the selected group of people in which you are involved, the survey will be sent to a largest number of contacts -with no telephone follow up.- An Apple ipod plus a free IAHR membership will be raffled among all the respondants the week after the deadline, which is May 25th.

If you have any questions about the research study, please contact Estibaliz Serrano at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The Lisbon 21 World Forum on Water, Energy and Sustainable Development was held at the Geographic Society of Lisbon (Portugal) on October 24th and 25th, 2011. The Lisbon 21 World Forum was conceived as a proposal for bringing together institutions and civil society to raise general social awareness of the problems of sustainable development. The debate focused on Water and Energy and compared experiences on these two commodities over the last 20 years. More than 650 attendees participated at this event. It was structured as a central programme with eight round tables and five parallel sessions. Experts, institutions and businesses expounded their criteria and opinions. You can download the Lisbon 21 World Forum Executive Summary pdf here

Water in the green economy in practice: towards Rio+20


The focus of this conference was water and the green economy. The green economy will be one of the two key themes for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development ‘Rio+20’. A green economy is one that promotes human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risk and ecological scarcities. For water, this means managing water in a way that catalyses social and economic development, whilst also safeguarding freshwater ecosystems. The conference was held at the headquarters of the Ebro River Basin Authority in Zaragoza and has been organised by the UN Office to Support the International Decade for Action 'Water for Life' 2005-2015.

The conference brought together experts, UN professionals, stakeholders and journalists from five continents to discuss and share experiences of best practice in water management, and water and sanitation services provision. The cases presented innovative policies, projects and initiatives that generate the economic, social and environmental benefits that the green economy should deliver. Moving from theory to practice, the conference has illustrated how water can be a building block in the transition to a green economy, and will provide input to the preparations for Rio+20.

The structure of the three day conference was based around ‘tools’ which could be used to generate change and support the transition to a green economy.



International Conference "Water in the green economy in practice: towards Rio+20

World Water Day

The international observance of World Water Day is an initiative that grew out of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro.