The goal of this project was to foster the development and timely implementation of science-based public policy to guide the management of fresh water resources. This project brought together policy-makers and water policy specialists at the 6th International Forum on Water policy, held in Zaragoza, Spain, from June 25-27, 2008. The theme of the event was “Water for Food: Quantity and Quality in a Changing World.” The Rosenberg International Forum on Water Policy is held every two years and is organized by facilitators from the University of California. Its purpose is to facilitate the development and exchange of scientific information between scholars and water policy managers coming from very different circumstances. The event included presentations by world experts on topics like agricultural water use, globalization and water, and the optimization of water productivity in agriculture. This project also sought to translate the scientific research presented at the forum into language that politicians and policy makers could act upon.
Water For Food: Quantity and Quality in a Changing World – http://rosenberg.ucanr.org/forum6.cfm?displaysection=1
The 6th Biennial Rosenberg International Forum on Water Policy was held in Zaragoza, Spain from June 25-27, 2008. The theme of this Forum was “Water for Food: Quantity and Quality in a Changing World.” There were presentations with themes such as “Optimizing Water Productivity in Food Production,” “Balancing Water for People and Nature” and “Globalization of Water through Virtual Water Trade,” among others. The event focused on regional and global water issues that could prove useful to policymakers from different national contexts. Several recommendations emerged from the forum, including the need for greater hydrological and meteorological monitoring at high elevations in Canada, as well as the need to plan for the future, even in countries like Canada where no current water shortage existed.