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Sicily Joint Workshop "Drought and water deficiency: from research to policy making"

The Sicily Joint Workshop "Drought and water deficiency: from research to policy making" was jointly organised by the European Commission (DG Research and DG Environment) and France, and supported by the ARID Cluster. Following the 2003 drought, the Water Directors have decided to examine the type of action necessary in this field at the European level. The organisation of a workshop, consecutively after the ARID Cluster Workshop, organised on October 6th and 7th 2004, was decided in a meeting of the Water Directors.



Workshop Programme

Friday, October 8th 2004

Introductory and Plenary Session - Chairpersons: E. Vlachos, B. Barraque

09.00 - 09.10

Addressing the Conference: President Regione Sicilia (On. S. Cuffaro)

09.10 - 09.20

Addressing the Conference: President ARS (On. G. Lo Porto)

09.20 - 09.30

Addressing the Conference: President AMAP and vice President FEDERGASCQUA (Dott. D. Allegra)

09.30 - 09.50

Addressing the Conference: DG Research (A. Tilche), DG Environment (S. Detoc)

09.50 - 10.05

Opening Plenary (FR Water Director)

10.05 - 10.20

Results of the workshop on Mediterranean River Basins (S. Detoc - DG Env)

10.20 - 10.40


Session 1: Drought Definitions and assessment - Chairpersons: M. Lange, E. Todini

10.40 - 11.00

Hydrological drought, processes and estimation methods for streamflow and groundwater (L.Tallaksen)

11.00 - 11.20

Drought definitions in drought mitigation (C. Karavitis)

11.20 - 11.40

How different parts of the UK 'define' drought (G. Watts)

11.40 - 12.00

Definition and early identification of droughts in Spain: Hydrological Index System (M. Menendez)

12.00 - 12.20

Towards a European Drought Policy (Euraqua)

12.20 - 12.40

Ongoing and planned drought activities at the JRC: towards a European Drought Alert System (Stefan Niemeyer & Ad de Roo)

12.40 - 13.00

Water quality issues in semiarid regions with ephemeral/temporary streams (J. Froebrich)

13.00 - 13.30

Reflections on Session 1 (Workshop Facilitators)

13.30 - 15.00


Session 2: Crisis Management - Chairpersons: P. Jeffrey, R. Maia

15.00 - 15.20

Implications of sustainability in water resources management at catchment scale (E. Todini)

15.20 - 15.40

A multicriteria approach in drought risk assessment (A. Schumann)

15.40 - 16.00

How we plan and respond to drought (G. Watts)

16.00 - 16.20

The droughts emergency plan in Madrid (F. Cubillo)

16.20 - 16.40

Drought crisis management and organisation in France (C. Grisez and G. Boinel)

16.40 - 17.00

Managing water emergencies in Sicily (Regional Agency of Water Emergency)

17.00 - 17.20


17.20 - 17.40

Monitoring water scarcity in Sicily (G. Geraci)

17.40 - 18.00

Scarcity management in Mediterranean river basin out of EU - case study - (See with DGEnv)

18.00 - 18.20

Drought : Water Services Implications (J. Tompkins, D. Gatel)

18.20 - 18.40

Reflections on Session 2 (Workshop Facilitators)

21.00 Gala Dinner

End of Day 1


Saturday, October 9th 2004

Session 3: Long Term Management - Chairpersons: P. Balabanis, C. Karavitis

09:00 - 09.20

Stakeholder involvement in decision-making processes (M. Lange)

09.20 - 09.40

Developing water management strategies for arid regions (D. Assimacopoulos)

09.40 - 10.00

The reform needs of CAP to support solving of water (G. Schmidt - WWF)

10.00 - 10.20

Demand guarantees, environmental requirements and available resources: balance in long term (J. Mora A.-Munoyerro)

10.20 - 10.40

Long term issues in France, case study of Adour Garonne district (L. Gremy and M. Daubas)

10.40 - 11.00


11.00 - 11.20

The evolution of water management and strategies in a long-term time horizon (P. Jeffrey)

11.20 - 11.40

Issues of new pressures for increased abstraction against need to reduce abstraction where it affects Natura 2000 sites (M. Walker)

11.40 - 12.00

Valuing water in watershed in the absence of market prices (P. Koundouri)

12.00 - 12.30

New trends in research on water management in water stressed areas (R. Passino)

12.30 - 13.00

Reflections on Session 3 (Workshop Facilitators)

Closing Session

13.00 - 14.00

Workshop Steering Committee Discussion

End of Workshop



The Sicily Joint Workshop was held in the historical centre of Palermo, in the Sala Gialla of the Palazzo dei Normanni, the siege of the Sicilian Regional Assembly.

The ARID Cluster meetings were held at the "Splendid Hotel La Torre" in the outskirts of Palermo.

Via Piano Gallo 11 (Mondello Lido)
90151 Palermo - Sicily - Italy
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