SLU, Ultuna

Water as the mirror of landscapes: How useful a hypothesis for resource management is?

<p align="center"> <strong>Workshop and Ph.D. Defense – March 28-30 in Ultuna.</strong></p> <p> Water holds the key to the future in many regions of the world. Since water is generally agreed to mirror the landscape, water needs to be remembered in many aspects of land use planning. Afforestation, irrigation, biofuels, and a host of other alternatives facing individuals, communities and governments involve difficult tradeoffs where knowledge of the implications for water should be considered. But do we know enough about how the water regime reacts to land use change to make water-wise decisions?</p> <p> You are invited to three days of presentations and discussions on the complex nexus of land-water interactions. On the first day, Wednesday, March 28<sup>th</sup>, distinguished international visitors will provide their perspectives. On the following day, ongoing research based in Mälardalen will be presented in the morning. In the afternoon, a set of parallel round table discussions will be convened, each led by two or more of the presenters. Ample time will be left for informal discussions as well. On Friday at 10:00 the workshop will conclude with Solomon Gebreyohannis’ defense of his Ph.D. Thesis, “Half a century observations and community perception of hydrology and forest changes in the Blue Nile Basin: What can be learned for future water management?”</p> <p align="center"> <em>This workshop is sponsored by the Uppsala Water Center and the SLU Research Schools:<br /> Focus on Soils and Water&nbsp; -&nbsp; Natural Resources Management and Livelihoods</em></p>

Wednesday March 28th  (Loftets Stora Sal)                                                            

09:15 Coffee served

09:45-10:15 Analysing implications of land and water management using a resilience framework
Louise Karlberg, Stockholm Environment Institute

10:15-10:45 Agriculture reflected in Irish waters: maintaining good quality with increased production
Per-Erik Mellander, Teagsac - The Agriculture and Food Development Authority in Ireland

10:45-11:15 Forests and Water in and Ethiopian Catchment: Reconciling observations and perceptions
Kevin Bishop, SLU Dept. of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment & Uppsala University Earth Sciences

11:15-11:30 Pause

11:30–13:00 Teaching and Research in Integrated Watershed Management for the Ethiopian Highlands
Prof. Tammo Steenhuis, Cornell University (AGU Global Hydrologist of the Year 2011).
Lunch served 11:30-12:00, courtesy of Focus on Soil and water Research School
(please register with Salar.Valinia@slu.se if you want lunch)

13:15-14:00 The Work of the International Water Management Institute office in East Africa:
Highlights in the connection of land to water
Simon Langan, Head of the CGIAR Integrated Water Management Institute in East Africa

14:00-14:45 The Forest Cover - Water Yield Debate Revisited: From Demand to Supply-Side Thinking
Dr. David Ellison, The Institute for World Economics, Budapest Hungary

14:45-15:15 Coffee

15:15-16:00 The Water Footprint and Forest Products
Martyn Futter, SLU Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment

16:00-16:45 Trees, Carbon and Water: trade off or synergy?
Ulrik Ilstedt and Anders Malmer, SLU Umeå Department of Forest Ecology and Management

17:00-18:00 Mingle Dinner courtesy of Natural Resources Management and Livelihoods Research School
(please register with Salar.Valinia@slu.se if you want dinner)


Thursday March 29th  (HVC EU31)

09:30-10:00 Rainfall variability across Ethiopia: Implications for watershed management
Dr. Yilma Sileshi, Dean of Civil Engineering, Addis Ababa University

10:00-10:30 Socio-politics of the Nile Basin
Ana Cascao, Stockholm International Water Institute

10:30 Coffee

10:50-11:10 Hydrological modeling for sustainable water resources management in Awash River Basin
Selome Tessema, KTH Royal Inst. of Technology, Dept. of Land and Water Resources Engineering

11:10-11:30 Assessing catchment response to land use change with consideration of discharge uncertainties: case study in west Kenya
John Juston, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Dept. of Land and Water Resources Engineering

11:30-12:00 Saving the rains and adapting to climate change in the drylands of Ethiopia
Woldeamlak Bewket, Department of Geography and Environment – Addis Ababa University.

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:00 -14:00 Discussion Groups

Group 1: The Forest Recycling Hypothesis (Ellison, Futter)

Group 2: Land use – does it change the hydrological Regime (Sileshi, Steenhuis)

Group 3: Community perception and its role in water management (Bewket, Langan)

14:00 Group Reports – 10 minutes each

14:30 – Coffee. End of scheduled activities.


Friday, March 30th 10:00 Loftets Hörsal

Ph.D. Defense of Solomon Gebreyohannis,
SLU Aquatic Sciences and Assessment; Addis Ababa University Institute of Climate and Environment

Half a century observations and community perception of hydrology and forest changes
in the Blue Nile Basin: What can be learned for future water management?

Opponent: Prof. Tammo Steenhuis, Cornell University, USA


Time: 2012-03-28 09:15
Location: SLU, Ultuna
Organiser: Research School "Natural Resources Management and Livelihoods", "Focus on Soils and Water" and the Uppsala Water Center.
Last signup date: 22 March 2012
Additional info:


Register for lunch and (or) dinner (free of charge) by e-mail to Salar Valinia no later than 2012-03-22. Please inform if you wish vegetarian food or have any food allergies/restrictions. Lunch is served at 11.30 and the seminar starts at 12.00. Dinner starts 17:00

SLU Research Schools Focus on Soils and Water, Natural Resources Management and Livelihoods, and Uppsala Water Center.