The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

International G-WADI Seminar - Citizen Science for Water and Drought Management

Availability of water resources is essential for communities, as well as for agricultural and industrial activities. The generation of agrometeorological and hydrological data underpins most decision-making on water resources and is the basis for assessing risks related to water such as floods and droughts. But despite its critical societal relevance, this area of science is characterized by an acute scarcity of data in space and time (e.g., Hannah et al., 2011), which contrasts significantly with the heterogeneity and complexity of actual water management and governing processes. As such, it is pertinent to reflect upon the potential role that citizen science could play in the generation of new knowledge in relation to the water cycle and drought-related aspects, and the use of citizen science in decision-making.

As part of the project ‘A Citizen Science Approach to Drought Risk Management in Peru and Chile’, granted by Newton-Picarte Fund through the British Council as a delivery partner, carried out by Chile’s Ministry of Agriculture, through its Section of Emergencies and Management of Agricultural Risks, and within the framework of the UNESCO Global Network on Water and Development Information for Arid Lands (G-WADI) program, the seminar invites experiences from the region of Latin America and the Caribbean on the different aspects of citizen science for water resources and drought risk management. The workshop is also a contribution to the 8th Phase of UNESCO IHP (IHP VIII 2014-2021) Water Security: Responses to Local, Regional and Global Challenges’.
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