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World Water Day 2016. Conference: "Cambio Clímatico y Política del Agua" given by Cristina Narbona


As every year, in March, the United Nations commemorates the World Water Day. For this reason, the Institute for Water Research is organizing the conference "Cambio Climático y Política del Agua" given by Dr. Cristina Narbona, former Minister of Environment (2004-2008) and member of the Global Ocean Commission.

Ms. Cristina Narbona is PhD in Economics by the University of Rome and among other positions held, are those of Minister of Environment (2004-2008), Ambassador of Spain in the OECD (2008-2011) and Member of the Global Sustainability Panel of the National Secretary of the United Nations (2010-2012). Currently, Cristina Narbona is Advisor of the Nuclear Safety Council (since January 2013), Member of the Global Ocean Commission, Member of the Spanish Network of Sustainable Development and Member of the group "Economists Against the Crisis".

This conference has been included as a training activity of the PhD program "Geography,  territorial planning and environmental management " of the Faculty of Geography and History of the University of Barcelona.


Report on the event

Even though scientific activity focused on the multiple facets of the water does not pause among members and research groups of the Water Research Institute (IdRA), once a year, near the date of the World Water Day (22nd March), the IdRA proposes a deliberate and unhurried reflection on some current aspect of the liquid element, by inviting a special guest lecture. On 14th March 2016, Cristina Narbona, PhD in Economics, gave a conference entitled "Cambio climático y política del agua”, held at the Faculty of Geography and History at the University of Barcelona. The former Minister of Environment (2004-2008) - during whose office performance repealed the National Hydrological Plan and with that, revoked the most controversial and expensive work, the transfer of the Ebro - began the lecture providing a comprehensive ethical view on access to water. She reminded us that there are still 663 million people in the world without access to safe drinking water and many millions more without basic sanitation. Moreover, and in light of the 5th IPCC, climate change is already visible also in precipitation, with declines in areas with poor rainfalls and increased rainfall in rainy areas. From the global scale she went down to regional and local scale putting some examples of poor water management in Spain and justifying desalination. She reminded us specially the high water footprint of certain foods, which requiries a food transition, in addition to the required energy transition. Finished the lecture of the speaker, the presents, about one hundred, asked numerous questions.


Dr. Javier Martín-Vide
Water Research Institute (IdRA)


Conference "Cambio Climático y Política del Agua"

Date: March 14, 2016

Time: 19:00

Location: Aula Magna of the Faculty of Geography and History, UB

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