Deadline for paper submission today. Several papers in!

The deadline for paper submission was today. If you haven’t sent us your paper yet through yet, please do so soon! We have received multiple papers already and will start uploading them to this site next week. One of the people who has submitted their paper is keynote speaker Ryan Plummer (Brock University). His paper is on ”Fostering Governance and Building Capacity for Climate Change Adaptation: Can Adaptive Co-management Help?” Continue reading

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Water and climate change in transboundary regions

On 25 and 26 April 2012, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe organizes their third workshop on water and climate change in transboundary regions in Geneva, Switzerland. The organizers state the following: “This workshop will bring together persons from all over the world, engaged in activities on water and adaptation to climate change and variability, in particular in transboundary basins. The workshop offers a platform for exchanging experience on climate change adapatation strategies, best practices, success factors and lessons learned. The workshop will focus on the following issues: (1). Economic aspects of adaptation to climate change. (2). Selecting and implementing adaptation measures. (3). Integrating the different spatial and governance levels. (4). Vulnerability assessment in transboundary basins. (5). The ecosystem approach. (6). Integrating sectoral interests into adaptation strategy. Continue reading

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Draft program out!

We are happy to announce the draft program of our symposium is now ready. Should you see something that needs improvement, please e-mail us at

The full version can be found here.

An overview of the program by conference theme can be found at the following links:

The framing of adaptation problems and goals
The modes of governance and available instruments
Actions at what levels?
Agency and leadership in adaptation governance
Normative aspects of adaptation
Science-policy interactions and adaptation

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Learning to tell a good story: Narratives and water resources in the Lower Colorado Basin

Contribution by Helen Ingram, Mrill Ingram and Raul Lejano (University of Calfornia at Irvine and University of Arizona) -  Narratives are the way people make sense of themselves and the ecology around them. If the need to change water policy does not affect or move the people whose behavior needs to change, it is because it has not become narrative truth for them –it has no part in the story of their lives.  It has little meaning for them. On the whole, water policy professionals and analysts are not good storytellers. Their discourse tends to be bloodless, relying on science, expertise and narrow utilitarian logic to make their case. In this brief essay, we relate what we have learned about telling a good story and what we discovered applying narrative analysis to the Lower Colorado River Basin. Continue reading

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Newly confirmed presenters per the 10th of January

  • P. Huntjens & L. Lebel – Wageningen University
  • C. Kuhlicke – Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research
  • T. Rayner – University of East Anglia
  • M. Vink – Wageningen University
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Black swans in water management

By Dave Huitema- It has been a couple of years since Nassim Nicholas Taleb published his book “The black swan. The impact of  the highly improbable“. The book is amusing reading, if only for the personality of the author who is opinioned on just about anything. This includes the question whether an expert is really an expert (as in he/she knows more than a lay person- a political scientist does not says Taleb), on whether one should read newspapers (better not), risk management in casinos, and  the value of yearly personnel evaluations (better not to have them). The key messages of the book however relate to highly improbable events with large consequences and as such it is very relevant for water management, as I think was underlined by the recent Japanese tsunami and its impact on the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Continue reading

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Newly confirmed presenters per the 16th of December

  • Fisher, S. – London School of Economics
  • Hackfort, S. – Kassel University
  • Hurlbert, M.A. – University of Regina
  • Marchand, M. – Deltares
  • McFadgen, B. – VU University
  • McKay, J. & Keremane, G. – University of South Australia
  • Mees, H. – Utrecht University
  • Meijerink, S. & Keskitalo, C. – Radboud University Nijmegen
  • Müller-Mahn, D. – University of Bayreuth
  • Pickering, K., Baird, J. & Plummer, R. – Brock University
  • Vick, M. – Pacific McGeorge School of Law
  • Werners, S. & Swart, R. – Wageningen University
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Navigating Venice through the climate change rapids

By Stefania Munaretto – University IUAV of Venice and VU University. The “safeguarding of Venice and its lagoon” has been systematically addressed by the Italian government since the 1970s. At that time a Special Law was issued that puts in charge national, regional, local authorities to achieve three goals: physical protection from flooding and sea storms; prevention of environmental, nature and urban degradation; socio-economic development of the Venice area. In nearly thirty years the Italian government invested over 10 billion Euros for the development of studies and plans and for building protective infrastructure. Continue reading

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Newly confirmed presenters per the 5th of December

  • Baasch, S. University of Kassel
  • Bauer, A. & Steurer, R. University of Natural Resources and Life
    Sciences, Vienna
  • Bauriedl, S. University of Kassel
  • Boyd, E. University of Reading
  • Clar, C. & Prutsch, A. University of Natural Resources and Life
    Sciences, Vienna
  • Dessai, S. & Tang, S. University of Exeter
  • Getachew, G. University of Bayreuth
  • Gottschick, M. University of Hamburg
  • Hasibovic, S. HafenCity Universität Hamburg
  • Hegger, D. & Dieperink, C. Utrecht University
  • Jägerskog, A. Stockholm International Water Institute
  • Junghans, L. Universität Trier
  • Kazmierczak, A University of Manchester
  • Lehman, J. University of Minnesota
  • Mumbunan, S. University of Indonesia
  • Munaretto, S, Sicilianoa, G, & Turvania, M University IUAV of Venice
  • Tomozeiu, D. University of Westminster
  • Verduijn, S. Radboud University Nijmegen
  • Widmer, A. & Hirschi, C. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
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Keynote speakers known

We are happy to announce that we have three excellent confirmed keynote speakers, in professor Neil Adger, dr. Louis Lebel and professor Ryan Plummer.



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