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Rosenberg International Forum on Water Policy meets in Panama

VP Glenda Humiston thanked Henry Vaux for serving as director of the Rosenberg International Forum on Water for 20 years.
Water experts from 25 countries participated in the 9th biennial meeting of the Rosenberg International Forum on Water Policy, held in Panama City, Panama, on Jan. 25-28. The main purpose of the forum is to examine ways in which conflict can be reduced in the management of water resources and to encourage the adoption of science-based water policy. VP Glenda Humiston, Doug Parker, California Institute for Water Resources director, and other UC wáter experts joined in the discussions.

The following is a report by Henry Vaux Jr., director of the Rosenberg International Forum on Water.

Water experts from 25 countries gathered in Panama City to discuss water management and biodiversity.
The theme for the 9th biennial meeting was “Managing Water and Biodiversity,” which represented a departure from the previous forums' themes that focused on the problems of water management in arid and semi-arid regions.

The Rosenberg International Forum on Water Policy, a program of UC ANR's California Institute for Water Resources, commissions the preparation of papers addressed to the theme. These papers are read by participants ahead of the actual meeting and become the focus of round table discussions, which are at the core of the program. The papers are ultimately published together with a summary of the findings and conclusions reached at the advisory committee meeting of the forum.

The forum's sessions focused on: 1) the scientific bases of moist climates, 2) the problems of conserving biodiversity in humid areas, 3) the variability of climate and water availability in different realms around the world, and 4) the global implications of El Niño and drought. 

To read a summary of the findings, visit

The forum included a tour of the Panama Canal.
The primary sponsors of the Rosenberg International Forum on Water Policy are the University of California and the Bank of America. For this 9th biennial meeting, a number of locally based organizations and entities joined as co-sponsors, which included the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, the Biomuseo, the National Secretariat of Science, Technology and Innovation (SENACYT) of the Republic of Panama, The Panama Canal Authority (ACP), The Technological University of Panama (UTP) and the Botin Foundation.

The Rosenberg International Forum on Water Policy originated in 1996 with an endowment gift from the Bank of America to the University of California. The purpose of the gift was to support a water policy forum in honor of then-retiring Bank Chair and CEO Richard Rosenberg. The forum is held every other year in different locations around the world. Participation is limited to 50 water scholars and senior water managers. Interactive discussions about the science of water management and different experiences in water management around the globe are at the heart of the forum.

Posted on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 2:05 PM

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