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OECD Workshop on Improving the information base to better guide water resource management decision making, Zaragoza, Spain, 4-7 May, 2010

 

OECD Workshop on Improving the information base to better inform water management decision making,
Zaragoza, Spain, 4-7 May, 2010

Experts from governments, international organisations and the private sector came together for this workshop, where the main objectives were to:

  • Identify decision makers' priorities for policy relevant water data and information
  • Review recent national and international experiences and future plans for water information
    systems
  • Provide recommendations to help water system stakeholders to develop water information systems to support more efficient and effective delivery of sustainable water resource management and policies.

>> Read the final report of the Workshop (PDF)

 

Background documents

 

Documents for participants

Workshop papers and presentations


SESSION 1: WELCOME AND OPENING ADDRESSES

  • Welcome address
    Alfredo BONÉ, Minister for the Environment, Government of Aragon, Spain.

  • Opening address on behalf of the Workshop participants
    Asit BISWAS, Third World Centre for Water Management, Mexico
    .

  • Opening address on behalf of the OECD Secretariat
    Kevin PARRIS, Senior Agricultural Policy Analyst, Agricultural Policies and Environment Division, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Paris, France.
    Powerpoint

  • Welcome address
    Marcelino IGLESIAS, President of Aragon, Spain.



    SESSION 2 –  OVERVIEW AND INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES AND INITIATIVES TOWARDS IMPROVING WATER INFORMATION SYSTEMS

  • OECD Secretariat Overview of the  Workshop
    Kevin PARRIS,  Senior Agricultural Policy Analyst, Agricultural Policies and Environment Division, OECD, Paris, France (15 minutes). 
    Powerpoint   

  • Charting Our Water Future: Economic frameworks to inform decision-making
    Sudeep MAITRA, McKinsey & Company, Inc, London, United Kingdom (10 minutes).
    Report      Powerpoint

  • The informational needs of operators of public water and wastewater systems
    Jack MOSS, AquaFed and Chair Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD (BIAC) Water Group, Paris, France (10 minutes).
    Powerpoint

  • Considerations for developing integrated water information systems
    Michael VARDON, Australian Bureau of Statistics, Centre of Environment and Energy Statistics, Canberra, Australia (10 minutes).
    Powerpoint

  • The challenges of informing global policy makers about water resources 
    Mike MULLER, Visiting Professor, Graduate School of Public and Development Management, Wits University, South Africa (10 minutes).
    Powerpoint

  • The SEEA-Water and the International Recommendations for Water Statistics (IRWS) – The international statistical standards for official statistics on water
    Alessandra ALFIERI, Chief, Environmental-Economic Accounts Section, United Nations Statistics Division, New York, United States (10 minutes).
    Powerpoint

  • Official European Water Statistics: State of play and future challenges
    Jürgen FÖRSTER, Eurostat (EU Statistical Office), Luxembourg (10 minutes).
    Powerpoint



    Discussion Opener, Paul HAENER, International Office for Water (OIEAU), France.
    Powerpoint



  SESSION 3: EUROPEAN WATER INFORMATION SYSTEMS: MEETING THE INFORMATION NEEDS TO IMPLEMENT THE EU WATER FRAMEWOORK DIRECTIVE

  • Water resource management in Europe – accounting for what matters – use of information at River Basin scale for a European State of the water environment
    Beate WERNER, Head of Water Group, European Environment Agency, Copenhagen, Denmark (10 minutes).
    Powerpoint

  • A Blueprint to Safeguard European Waters – The future of EU water policy – and the information needed
    Henriette FAERGEMANN, DG Environment, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium (10 minutes).
    Powerpoint

  • The Spanish integrated water information system (SIA)
    Ángel BARBERO MARTIN, Adviser to Cabinet of the Secretary of State for Water and Rural Affairs, Ministry of Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs (MARM), Spain (10 minutes).
    Powerpoint

  • Water Information System Austria (WISA)
    Stephan NEMETZ, Harald MARENT and Michael NAGY, Austrian Environment Agency, Vienna, Austria.
    Powerpoint


  • Developing harmonised national water information systems in the Mediterranean
    Eric MINO (paper presented by Paul HAENER, International Office for Water (OIEAU), France), Manager of the EMWIS Technical Unit, Euro-Mediterranean Information System on Know-How in the Water Sector (SEMIDE/EMWIS), France (10 minutes).
    Powerpoint

  • The mentality of river basins: What do we need to monitor and to describe for managing river basins in Southern Europe?
    Jochen FROEBRICH, Erik QUERNER and Joop HARMSEN
    Alterra, Wageningen UR, Netherlands (10 minutes).
    Powerpoint



    Discussion Opener: Alberto GARRIDO, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain.
    Powerpoint



  SESSION 4: RECENT ACHIEVEMENTS AND FUTURE PLANS FOR NATIONAL WATER INFORMATION SYSTEMS IN OECD COUNTRIES

  • Insight from Australia’s water information
    Rob VERTESSY, Deputy Director (Water), Bureau of Meteorology, Australia (10 minutes).
    Powerpoint

  • New Zealand’s policy responses to a growing demand for freshwater and the need to underpin policy development and decision making with collaborative and dependable environmental monitoring
    Chris ARBUCKLE and Grant KING, Senior Policy Analysts | Natural Resources Group | Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Te Manatu Ahuwhenua, Ngaherehere, and Tanya GRAY, Senior Analyst - Statistics and Geospatial, Ministry for the Environment, Manatü  Mö Te  Taiao, New Zealand (10 minutes).
    Powerpoint

  • Water and Climate Research Supporting Water Management Decision Making
    Warwick McDONALD1, Albert van DIJK1, Luigi RENZULLO1, QJ WANG2, Tom PAGANO2, Edward KING3; 1. CSIRO Land and Water, Canberra, Australia; 2. CSIRO Land and Water, Highett VIC 3190 Australia; 3. CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, Canberra, Australia (10 minutes).
    WIRADA Annual Report     Powerpoint

  • Changing roles in Canadian water management and decision making
    Darrell R. CORKAL, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada - Agri-Environment Services Branch, Saskatoon, Harry DIAZ, Canadian Plains Research Center, University of Regina (10 minutes).
    Paper    Powerpoint

  • Research Emphasis and Impacts on Water Availability and Quality in the United States
    Michael C. SHANNON, USDA ARS National Program Leader, Water Resources, Natural Resources & Sustainable Agricultural Systems, US Department of Agriculture, Beltsville, Maryland, United States (10 minutes).
    Powerpoint

  • Water data project
    Evren YILDIZ, Head of Section, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Ankara, Turkey (10 minutes).
    Powerpoint




      SESSION 5: RECENT ACHIEVEMENTS AND FUTURE PLANS FOR NATIONAL WATER INFORMATION SYSTEMS IN OECD AND ACCESSION COUNTRIES
  • Overview of OECD Water Indicators and Databases
    Myriam LINSTER, Principal Administrator, Environmental Information and Indicators, Environmental Performance and Information Division, Environment Directorate, OECD, Paris, France (15 minutes).
    Powerpoint

  • Water information portal site for more efficient and sustainable water resources management
    Tomoyuki OKADA, Deputy Director, River Planning Division, River Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), Japan (10 minutes).
    Powerpoint

  • Rural and agricultural water resource information system
    Jin-Hoon JO, Team Leader of Water Resource Research, Rural Research Institute, Korea Rural Community Corporation (10 minutes).
    Powerpoint

  • Mexico’s National Water Information System
    Ricardo MARTINEZ LAGUNES, National Water Commission (CONAGUA), Mexico (10 minutes).
    Powerpoint

  • Increasing the relevance of water statistics in Israel: Water indicators and the water account
    Amit YAGUR-KROLL, Environmental Statistics Division, Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel (10 minutes).
    Powerpoint


SESSION 6: DEVELOPING THE ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL DATA SETS NEEDED FOR
WATER RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

  • OECD Overview on Economic and Financial Data Needs
    Roberto MARTIN-HURTADO,  Economist, Environment Directorate, OECD, Paris, France (15 minutes).
    Powerpoint

  • The role of information in assessing implementation of Australia’s national water reform agenda
    Will FARGHER, Acting General Manager, Water Markets and Efficiency Group, National Water Commission, Canberra, Australia (10 minutes).
    Powerpoint

  • Drivers of Economic Information in River Basin Management Planning
    Josefina MAESTU, Programme Director, Division of Sustainable Development, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Zaragoza, Spain (10 minutes).
    Powerpoint

  • The Information and Knowledge Component of Water Policies: The Case of Spain
    Jose ALBIAC, Researcher at the Department of Agricultural Economics (CITA), Government of Aragon, Spain (10 minutes).
    Powerpoint

  • Cost-Benefit Analysis Techniques and their Limitations in Making Public Policy Decisions on Water Management
    Eduardo BANDRÉS, Professor of Applied Economics at the University of Zaragoza and former Ministry of Economy of the Government of Aragon (10 minutes).



      SESSION 7: THE VIRTUAL WATER AND WATER FOOTPRINT INDICATORS AS TOOLS FOR WATER RESOURCE MANAGEMENT DECISION MAKERS
  • Water footprint as a tool for integrated water resources management
    Maite M. ALDAYA and A.Y. HOEKSTRA, University of Twente, Netherlands and Water Footprint Network (10 minutes).
    Powerpoint

  • Water footprint metrics for better decision making by private and public sectors
    Stuart ORR and Sergey MOROZ, WWF (10 minutes).
    Powerpoint

  • The Water Footprint and Virtual Water Trade in Spain
    Alberto GARRIDO1, M. Ramón LLAMAS2, Consuelo VARELA-ORTEGA1, Paula NOVO1, Roberto RODRIGUEZ-CASADO1, Maite M. ALDAYA3, 1. Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain;
    2. Department of Geodynamics, Complutense University, Madrid, Spain; 3. University of Twente, Netherlands (10 minutes).
    Powerpoint

  • Virtual Water and Water Footprints: Policy relevance?
    Dennis WICHELNS, Principal Economist, International Water Management Institute, Columbo, Sri Lanka (10 minutes).
    Powerpoint


    Discussion Opener, Rudy VANNEVEL, Water Reporting Department, Flemish Environment Agency, Belgium.
    Powerpoint


 


SESSION 8: MEETING THE INFORMATION NEEDS FOR AGRICULTURAL WATER RESOURCE MANAGEMENT



  • Monitoring irrigation season – A support tool for water management and short-term actions
    Antonella PONTRANDOLFI, Researcher, National Institute of Agricultural Economics (INEA), Italy (10 minutes).
    Paper    Powerpoint

  • Sigrian as a decision support system for the economic evaluation of irrigation investments
    Carlo CAFIERO1, Antonio MASSARUTTO2, Raffaella ZUCARO3, 1. University of Naples Federico II; 2. University of Udine; 3. National Institute of Agricultural Economics (INEA) (10 minutes).
    Paper    Powerpoint

  • Horizontal Aspects of Agricultural Water Use in Water-rich Monsoon Areas: Managing Information of Sectoral Demand in the Japanese Case
    Hiroaki KOBAYASHI1 and Kazumi YAMAOKA2 ,1. Wako University, 2. Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (10 minutes).
    Paper    Powerpoint

  • Long term monitoring of agricultural dominated catchment - Experiences from the Norwegian Agricultural Monitoring programme (JOVA)
    Johannes DEELSTRA and Line MEINERT RØD, Bioforsk, Norway (10 minutes).
    Powerpoint

  • AQUASTAT, FAO's global information system on water and agriculture: Products and Challenges
    Karen FRENKEN, Senior Water Resources Management Officer, AQUASTAT Programme Coordinator, Land and Water Division, FAO, Rome, Italy (10 minutes).
    Powerpoint
     

 


SESSION 9: MEETING INFORMATION NEEDS OF WATER RESOURCE DECISION MAKERS THROIUGH IMPROVING INSTITUTIONAL COHERENCE AND MANAGEMENT


  • Water institutions and information challenges: a preliminary OECD overview
    Aziza AKHMOUCH, Policy Analyst, Multilevel Governance Unit, Regional Development Policy Division, Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate, OECD, Paris, France
    (15 minutes).
    Powerpoint

  • Capacity building in data administration to support national and transboundary water resources management: Some study cases and tools
    Paul HAENER, International Office for Water (IOWater/OIEau), France (10 minutes).
    Powerpoint

  • Consequences of an increasing environmental complexity on data and information flows
    Rudy VANNEVEL, Water Reporting Department, Flemish Environment Agency, Belgium (10 minutes).
    Paper      Powerpoint

  • Hydrometeorological data collection and sharing: The global challenge
    Vladimir SMAKHTIN (paper presented by Dennis WICHELNS, Professor, Department of Economics, Hanover College, Indiana, United States and the International Water Management Institute, Columbo, Sri Lanka(10 minutes).
    Powerpoint



    Discussion Opener, René LALEMENT, Director of Water Monitoring and Assessment, National Water Office (ONEMA), Vincennes, France.
    Powerpoint


 


SESSION 10: CONCLUDING DISCUSSION, RECOMMENDATIONS AND CLOSING ADDRESSES, REPORTS FROM RAPPORTEURS

  • Sessions 2 and 3 (International &EU Water Information Systems):
    Dennis WICHELNS, Principal Economist, International Water Management Institute, Columbo, Sri Lanka (15 minutes).
    Powerpoint

    • General Discussion (15 minutes).

  • Sessions 4 and 5 (National Water Information Systems):
    Beate WERNER, Head of Water Group, European Environment Agency, Copenhagen, Denmark (15 minutes).
    Powerpoint

    • General Discussion (15 minutes).

  • Session 6 (Economics) and 7 (Virtual Water):
    Will FARGHER, Acting General Manager, Water Markets and Efficiency Group, National Water Commission, Canberra, Australia (15 minutes).
    Powerpoint

    • General Discussion (15 minutes).

  • Session 8 (Agriculture) and 9 (Institutions):
    Chris ARBUCKLE, Senior Policy Analysts | Natural Resources Group , Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, New Zealand (15 minutes).
    Powerpoint

    • General Discussion (15 minutes).

  • Chair’s summing up (10 minutes).


CLOSING ADDRESSES

 

  • Chair Closing Address 
    James HORNE, Deputy Secretary, Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and Arts, Canberra, Australia.
    Paper

  • OECD Secretariat Closing Address 
    Kevin PARRIS, Agricultural Policies and Environment Division, OECD, Paris, France.

  • Host Closing Address
    Alfredo BONÉ, Minister for the Environment, Government of Aragon, Zaragoza, Spain.

Website Links and Related Information

 

 

For background information, data and publications related to OECD work on water, go to:
www.oecd.org/water

AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF STATISTICS (ABS)


Contact

For any questions, comments or suggestions regarding the Workshop, please contact Kevin Parris, OECD Trade and Agriculture Directorate: kevin.parris@oecd.org

 

 

 

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