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The Cyprus Conference, May 12th - 13th 2005

The Conference "Drought and Water Deficiency: From Research to Policy Making" was organised in Cyprus on May 12th and 13th 2005. Under this broad title regarding Water Management in Deficient Regions, the Conference themes include:

  • Policy and Governance,
  • Management and decision-making tools,
  • Ecoadaptation,
  • Economic issues,
  • Implemented measures,
  • Experience-based future recommendations.

This was the fourth major event in a series of escalating magnitude and importance. The seminal event was organised in Paris in October 2003, within the framework of the EC DG Research Project "Developing Strategies for Regulating and Managing Water Resources and Demand in Water Deficient Regions" (WaterStrategyMan), which incorporated both a Public Workshop on "Comprehensive Water Management Strategies for Water Stressed Regions", and an ARID Cluster Meeting. The decision was taken that subsequently to the success of the Public Workshop, further Workshops and Conferences would be undertaken by the Cluster, in order to address the water scarcity issue and promote the presentation and dissemination of the Cluster results. Furthermore, the planned events would contribute to developing the interaction between the three individual Projects (Aquadapt, Medis and WaterStrategyMan) and promoting the sharing of results and methodologies within the Cluster and with the general public.

The three events planned subsequent to the Paris Workshop were aimed at presenting the research outcomes of the three Projects towards the development of integrated water resources management strategies to the public in a series of successive steps. The initial event "Water resources management in water stressed environments and islands: The challenge of ecoadaptation", organised in La Palma of the Canary Islands in February 2004, involved the identification and analysis of traditional and new instruments that are or can be used for the management of water resources in Arid Regions.

This was followed by a new initiative; following the 2003 drought, the Common Implementation Strategy Water Directors decided to examine the type of action necessary in this field at the European level. 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 in October 2004, and was supported by the ARID Cluster.

In the wake of the success of this initiative, it was decided that the final event, the Cyprus Conference, would continue this effort. The event was jointly organised with the Common Implementation Strategy, the European Commission and DG Environment, and the Government of the Republic of Cyprus, integrating the efforts so far undertaken in developing a policy-oriented, reality-based framework for managing drought and aridity.


Related Documents

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Conference aims and background 50 KB
Instructions for authors - Conference proceedings 25 KB
Sample paper for Proceedings 97 KB




ARID Conference proceedings (12.5 Mb)


The Conference was held on May 12th and 13th 2005 at the Columbia Beach Resort Pissouri (, located in the South-western coast of the island, 35 km west of Limassol.


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