Addressing Pressing Needs in Water Education: The WENM2016 Conference

Saturday, December 3, 2016 (All day) to Monday, December 5, 2016 (All day)
Tehran, Iran

Education and capacity building in the field of water management hold the key to many of the present most pressing water challenges on the regional to local scale. They are also essential in devising rational and lasting strategies for sustainable development. Achieving good water governance in a changing environment therefore needs skilled and capable water scientists (hydrologist), engineers and managers, particularly in arid and semi-arid regions of the world.

This need provides the background and rationale for a conference on Water and Environment in the New Millennium: Education and Capacity Building (, which will take place in Tehran, Iran on December 3 to 5, 2016. The conference will address a variety of topics including

  • water education and training at all educational levels and in various economic sectors,
  • socioeconomic- and environmental issues of growing water scarcity, and
  • adaptation strategies to climate variability and change and their impacts,

to name but a few. These issues call for comprehensive capacity building programs and educational curricula that also embrace challenges related to land cover- and land-use changes, topics inherent to the Global Land Program (GLP) of Future Earth.

Manfred Lange, the Director of the Global Land Project’s (GLP) Regional MENA Node (GLP-RMN) will present an invited talk on Improving Water Competence in The Mena Region in the Context of Future Earth, which will also cover aforementioned issues of relevance to GLP.

The conference strives to advance strategies that will enable education and training of young water experts who will be capable of identifying and successfully addressing challenging issues in water supply and demand management, in addressing ecosystem needs, and in adapting to climate variability and change.