International Conference on Water and Environment


The future adequacy of freshwater resources in the global scale is difficult to assess, owing to a complex and rapidly changing geography of water supply and use. Water resources in arid and semi arid regions face globally the greatest pressure to meet growing needs. The Middle East is “the most concentrated region of (water) scarcity in the world and of vulnerability to water shortages.” Water scarcity becomes most acute when one considers demand and supply in the context of future socio‐economic and natural changes that may occur.

The Global Institute for Water, Environment, and Health (GIWEH), Geneva- Switzerland and the International Center for Remote Sensing and GIS, Amman- Jordan in partnership with the University of Geneva- F.-A. Forel Institute, Geneve – Switzerland, Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah (USMBA), Faculty of Sciences and Technology of Fez- Morocco, University of Abdelmalek Essaadi- Morocco, University and Faculty of Sciences Semlalia of Marrakech, University of Cady Ayyad- Facuality of Science and Technology, FST Marrakech Morocco, and University. Abdelmaled Essaadi, Tetouan and in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), World Intelictual property (WIPO), United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), will hold the first of GIWEH’s Water Series conferences that will address multidisciplinary issues across all areas of the global water and environment sector and will also focus on the issue of the “Future prospective – Global Innovation Outlook on Water and Environment,” on 20th November 2011 at the conference center in Marrakech- Morroco, devoted to Sustainable Water Use and Management: Leading and Learning.

Environmental threats and challenges are continuously becoming evident and alarming. The global environmental crises affect every one of us. No one can escape the global consequences of the environmental challenges.

Water security is not only a challenge of physical scarcity of water, but it is deeply rooted in power, poverty, and inequality. There is a major difference in these two concepts of an actual physical scarcity of water compared to lack of access to water due to economical, political, social and environmental reasons. Beyond the challenges related to the management of resource scarcity there are hydro-political and trans-boundary considerations. The cycling of water exerts an important control on climate variability as a result of its complex feedbacks and interactions with other components of the climate system.

Registration is required for this event.

Venue: Conference Centre, Marrakech, Morocco
Organisation: The Global Institute for Water, Environment and Health