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Datum: 15.03.2021

Valuing Water: Bonn Water Network celebrates World Water Day 2021


The Department of Geography at the University of Bonn, holding the UNESCO Chair in Human Water Systems, is member of the recently established Bonn Water Network. The network aims at bundling and representing the Bonn-based capacities for water research, training and policy advice with a focus on international activities but also well established in the German and European contexts. It also contributes to further strengthening the city of Bonn’s capacity as a major hub for sustainable development. Furthermore, it strives to enhance the knowledge frontier on pertinent water challenges and opportunities, discusses relevant implementation of related policy, advocacy and capacity development issues.

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As a member of the Bonn Water Network, the Department of Geography cordially invites you to join the virtual event on the occasion of World Water Day 2021 on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, 5:00-6:30 pm (CET).
World Water Day became a UN observance day in 1993. On March 22 every year, people and organizations around the world mark World Water Day by taking action to tackle the global water crisis. World Water Day 2021 focuses on the theme 'Valuing Water'. This focus extends beyond issues of pricing and includes the environmental, social, and cultural value people place on water. Luna Bharati (Co-spokesperson of the BWN) will open the event. Bonn’s Mayor Katja Dörner will say a few words per video message about how the City of Bonn relates to Water.

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Danilo Türk (former president of Slovenia and Geneva Water Hub), Margaret Deignan (Springer Nature), and Janos Bogardi (editor) will officially launch the ‘Handbook of Water Resources Management: Discourses, Concepts and Examples’ (published by Springer, 2021). This multi- and interdisciplinary publication aims at facilitating communication and dialogue between actors of the international community involved in water resources management, discourses and multi-level decision-making processes. It provides the reader with facts, theories, methods and practical illustrations from a wide array of disciplines with relevance to water resources management, including hydrology, geology, geophysics, law, ethics, economics, ecology, engineering, sociology, and diplomacy.
P2232354.jpgAnnabelle Houdret (DIE), speaker of the Bonn Water Network, will moderate the roundtable discussion with authors of the handbook and members of the Bonn Water Network relating their contributions to the World Water Day’s topic of ‚valuing water‘. Zita Sebesvari (UNU- EHS) will explain how different drivers, pressures and stressors challenge the value of water. Bernhard Tischbein (ZEF) will explore how to value water for the environment in a context of high demand and negative environmental impacts of water use for irrigation. Ines Dombrowsky (DIE) will explain the role and effectiveness of river basin organizations in mediating different water needs and values. Mahsa Motlagh (Bonn Alliance) will explore how emerging digital technologies can contribute to better valuing water in sustainable governance approaches.
Please find all information under World Water Day 2021

Fotos: Linda Taft

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