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 - 8th Forum Agenda

Managing Water in the 21st Century: Challenges & Opportunities

Aqaba, Jordan, March 23 – 25, 2013

MARCH 23 (Saturday)

Pre-Forum Field Trip
Hosted by The Royal Scientific Society (RSS)

Presentations and tours of the Great Rift Valley and the Dead Sea Panoramic Complex (see detail document on timeline and descriptions)

Opening Reception, Gulf of Aqaba
Hosted by Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA)

Welcome address
Chief Commissioner Kamel Mahadin, ASEZA

MARCH 24 (Sunday)

0900  Opening Ceremony

Session 1 – Forum Themes (Chair: Henry Vaux)

Welcome addresses:

  • Henry Vaux, Chair, Rosenberg International Forum on Water Policy
  • Daniel Dooley, Senior Vice President, University of California
  • Moneef Zou’bi, Director General, Islamic Academy of Sciences
  • Kamel Mahadin, Chief Commissioner, Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA)

Opening address and welcome from the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan 
H.E. Professor Abdel Salam Majali, Former Prime Ministe

1000  Morning Break

1020  Keynote address:

Bridging science & policy in water management
H.E. Professor Adnan Badran, Former Prime Minister and President, Petra University, Jordan

1050  Roundtable discussion

1120  Keynote address:

The Importance of Management in a Changing Global Waterscape
H.E. Margret Catley-Carlson, Diplomat, United Nations

1150   Roundtable discussion

1220  Session I summary

1230    Lunch

Session II – Regional Planning and Management  (Chair: Ayman Rabi)

1400 The Benefits of Regionalism: Comparative Examples
Andrea Gerlak, University of Arizona, United States

1420  The Role of Creative Language in Addressing Political Realities: Middle-Eastern Water Agreements
Itay Fishhendler, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

1440  Discussant: Ellen Hanak, California Public Policy Institute, United States
20th Century Legacies: Variable Climate, Highly Engineered System

1455  Discussant: Philip Weller, Commission to Protect the Danube River, Austria
The Danube: The Challenges of Multilateral Cooperation in River Basin Management

1510  Roundtable discussion

1530  Afternoon break

1550  Roundtable discussion, continued

1645  Session II summary

1700  Adjourn

1745  Reception

MARCH 25 (Monday)

Session III – Aridity: The Fate of Agriculture (Chair: Alberto Garrido)

0900 The Outlook for Food Security in the Middle East and North Africa
Mahmoud Solh, ICARDA, presented by Nasri Haddad, ICARDA

0920  Adapting agriculture to increasing water scarcity in the dry environments
Theib Oweis, ICARDA

0940  The fate of agriculture in MENA countries
Lovell “Tu” Jarvis, University of California, Davis, United States

1000  Discussant: Kurt Schwabe, University of California, Riverside, United States

1015   Discussant: Redouane Choukr-Allah, Institut Agronomique et Vétérinaire Hassan II, Morocco 
Water Scarcity & Food Security in the MENA Region : the fate of the rural communities

1030  Roundtable discussion

1100  Morning break

1115  Roundtable discussion, continued

1215  Session III summary

1230  Lunch

Session IV – Bridging Science and Policy (Chair: Daniel Dooley)

1400   Panel discussion

Michael Clegg, Foreign Secretary, National Academy of Sciences, United States
Moneef Zou’bi, Director General, Islamic World Academy of Sciences, Jordan
Ken Mathews, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences & Engineering, Australia
Sally Fairfax, Professor, University of California, Berkeley, United States

1500  Roundtable discussion

1530  Afternoon break

1550  Roundtable discussion, continued

1650  Session IV summary

1700  Closing Remarks: 

H.E. Professor Abdel Salam Majali, Former Prime Minister, Jordan

1730   Adjourn

1900   Gala dinner

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