California Institute for Water Resources
California Institute for Water Resources
California Institute for Water Resources
University of California
California Institute for Water Resources

Rosenberg International Forum on Water Policy - 5th Forum Agenda

Managing Upland Watersheds In An Era Of Global Climate Change 
Banff, Canada, September 6-11, 2006


September 5 (Tuesday)

Participants arrive at Calgary International Airport and stay overnight 
at the Delta Hotel at the airport. 

September 6 (Wednesday)

08:00 Depart Delta Hotel for Icefields Parkway
Enroute: A Brief History of the Region, Robert Sandford

10:00 Rest Stop: Bow Valley Parkway - Stops along Parkway to examine prescribed burning, wildlife management, and recreation management programs

10:30  Arrive at Sawback Prescribed Burn: “Upland Watershed Management: The Role of Fire”, Ian Pengelly, Fire Specialist, Banff National Park

11:30 View Crowfoot Glacier

13:00 Lunch at Mt. Coleman Picnic Area

14:00 Depart for Big Hill

14:30 Arrive at Big Hill

15:30 Arrive at Columbia Icefields Chalet

16:00 Columbia Icefield SnoCoach Tour of Athabasca Glacier:
“Is Glacial Recession a Worry?” Shawn Marshall, University of Calgary

18:00 Return to Columbia Icefields Chalet

18:30 Dinner at Chalet

September 7 (Thursday)

07:30 Breakfast

08:30 Tour of High Altitude Wastewater Treatment Plant

09:15 Depart Icefields Chalet for Banff—continue with lectures and examples 
of upland watershed management

11:00 Peyto Lake Overlook

12:00 Arrive Bow Lake

12:15 Lunch at Num-Ti-Jah Lodge, Bow Lake

13:15 Water Quality in Jeopardy?” David Schindler, University of Alberta
Species Protection, Ecosystem Restoration, Resource Conservation
Ian Syme & Ed Abbott, Resource Conservation

13:45  Depart Num-Ti-Jah Lodge

14:30  Arrive Lake Louise

15:30  Depart Lake Louise

16:30  Arrive Banff Centre


19:00  Opening Reception
Hosted by the Calgary Foundation

Welcoming: Vice President W.R. (Reg) Gomes, University of California


September 8 (Friday)

OPENING SESSION: Inaugural Speeches

09:00 Welcome and Introductions

Dr. Henry Vaux, Jr. Chair, Rosenberg Forum

Ms. Sarah Iley, Vice President, Programming, The Banff Centre

Mr. Richard Rosenberg, Bank of America-Emeritus

The Honorable Herbert Gray, Chair, Canadian Section, International Joint Commission

The Honorable Allen Olson, Commissioner, U.S. Section, International Joint Commission

10:00 BREAK

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: (Chair: Henry Vaux)

10:30 Factors for Success: Public and Private Sector Roles in Securing a Safe and Reliable Water Supply in a Time of Global Change
Mr. Don Lowry, President & CEO, EPCOR, Edmonton, Alberta

11:00 Mountains of the World - Water Towers for the 21st Century
Dr. Bruno Messerli, University of Bern

11:30 Upland Watershed Management in the Developing World
Dr. Sihem Benabdallah, University of Tunis

12:00 - 13:30   Lunch, hosted by Alberta Ingenuity

SESSION ONE (Chair: Helen Ingram)


13:30 Dr. Holger Hoff, University of Potsdam

13:45 Dr. Pedro Arrojo, University of Zaragoza

14:00 Discussant: Dr. Hans Schreier, University of British Columbia


15:00 - 15:30   Break

SESSION TWO (Chair: Yuksel Inan)


15:30 Upland Watershed Management and Environmental Impacts in the Face of Global Climate Change - Dr. David Sauchyn, University of Regina

15:45 The Implications of Climate Change for Upland Watersheds
Professor Richard Adams, Oregon State University

16:00 Discussant: Dr. Rashid Hassan, University of Pretoria


17:00 Adjourn for the day

18:30 Dinner hosted by the Alberta Irrigation Project

September 9 (Saturday)

SESSION THREE (Chair: Ayman Rabi)


Case Study One–The Jordan River Basin

08:30 Speaker: Dr. Alon Rimmer, Israel Oceanographic & Limnological 
Research, Ltd.

08:45 Adaptation and Policy: Mr. Youssef Hassan Ayadi, Jordan Valley Authority

09:00 Discussant: Dr. Moneef Zou’bi, Islamic World Academy of Sciences


10:05 - 10:35  Break

Case Study Two-The Saskatchewan River Basin (Chair: Bob Sandford)

10:35  Speaker: Dr. David Shindler, University of Alberta–Elements and Impacts of Global Change

Reaction Panel

10:50 The Honourable Guy Boutilier, Minister of the Environment, Alberta

11:05 The Honourable John Nilson, Minister of the Environment, Saskatchewan

11:20 The Honourable Steve Ashton, Minister of Water Stewardship, Manitoba

11:35 Round Table Discussion

12:15 Lunch - hosted by Expo Zaragoza 2008

Case Study Three-The Rhone River Basin (Chair: Alberto Garrido)

13:30 Speaker: Professor Jean-Paul Bravard, President de la ZABR

12:45 Speaker: Professor Claudia Pahl-Wostl, Osnabrück University, Germany

14:00 Discussant: Dr. Bruno Messerli, University of Bern


15:05 - 15:30  Break

Case Study Four- The International Joint Commission: A Case Study in the Successful Management of International Waters (Chair: Henry Vaux)

15:30 Speaker: The Honorable Jack Blaney, Commissioner, Canadian Section, International Joint Commission

15:45 Speaker: The Honorable Dennis Schornack, Chair, American Section International Joint Commission

16:00 Discussant: Mr. Phillip Weller, International Commission for 
the Protection of the Danube


17:10 Closing: Peter Gleick - Conference Summarizer (Chair: Fred Cannon)


19:00 Reception and Gala Dinner–hosted by Environment Alberta
Speaker: The Honorable Guy Boutilier, Minister of the Environment,
Province of Alberta

Upper Columbia Basin, British Columbia, Canada 2006 

September 10 (Sunday)

08:00 Depart Banff Centre

  • Tour Briefing - 30 minutes
  • Enter Columbia Valley—Briefing by Columbia Basin Trust – Kindy Gosal

11:00 Arrive Columbia River Headwaters, Columbia Lake, Canal Flats

  • First Nation’s Presentation on First Nation’s Issues

12:00 Lunch

13:00 Board Bus for Trip to Radium, B.C.

14:00 Arrive Columbia Wetlands – Briefing

14:30 Canoe Trip through Columbia Wetlands

17:30 End Canoe Trip

18:00 Board Bus – Depart Radium

19:00 Arrive Golden, B.C.  Lodging: Prestige Inn, Golden, BC

September 11 (Monday)

07:30 Breakfast

08:30 Board Bus for Trip to Kinbasket Reservoir

09:30 Arrive Kinbasket Reservoir –Discussion of:

  • Recreational Issues
  • F & W Issues
  • Archeological Issues
  • Management of Upstream Reservoirs Under Existing Treaty

10:30 Depart Kinbasket Reservoir

11:45 Lunch at the Canyon’s Edge

15:00 Arrive Takakkaw Falls, Yoho Valley

15:45 Depart Takakkaw Falls

16:15 Canadian Pacific R.R. – Spiral Tunnels

16:45 Depart Spiral Tunnels

17:45 Arrive Banff Centre, Dinner on your own



In the wake of the Mountains as Water Towers Summit held in November 2003, The Banff Centre has attracted one of the world's elite conferences on water policy and watershed management. Created through an endowment from the Bank of America, and named after the bank's former president, the Rosenberg Water Forum is a biennial invitational gathering of world leaders in international water policy. The fall 2006 forum will be held at The Banff Centre.

Bob Sandford, chair of the United Nations International Year of Fresh Water and Wonder of Water initiative in Canada, extended the invitation to meet in Banff at the most recent meeting of the forum's organizing committee, held in Barcelona, Spain. The meeting finalized plans for the forum to be held in the fall of 2004 in Ankara, Turkey and confirmed Banff as the location for the fall 2006 meeting.

“It was the reputation The Banff Centre gained through the Water Towers Summit and the natural attraction of our UNESCO Canadian Rockies World Heritage Site that made Banff the unanimous choice for the forum,” said Sandford.

Leslie Taylor, one of the organizers of the Mountains as Water Towers Summit and associate director, Mountain Culture at The Banff Centre, says confirmation that the Rosenberg Forum will meet in Banff is welcome news. “Forums such as this confirm Banff as a world centre for the exploration of globally significant issues in mountain environments. We can learn a great deal from how others are addressing water problems that we are just beginning to face here in the Canadian Rockies.”

The principal themes for the 2006 Rosenberg World Water Forum will be issues in mountain watersheds, including the impacts of climate change on water agreements and treaties, and issues related to water scarcity in areas of perceived abundance. Representatives from more than 20 countries are expected to attend.

Canadian representatives will also participate at the Rosenberg Forum in Turkey this fall. At this forum, problems associated with managing river systems such as the Tigris-Euphrates, the Nile, and the Danube will be compared to the growing complexity of managing international water systems such as the Columbia River.

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