About

The Water Security and Climate Change conference (WSCC) is an annual event where scientists, policy makers and stakeholders from various sectors discuss the diverse facets of water security and its relation to climate variability and change.

The WSCC strives to go beyond science and build bridges between various disciplines and sectors as well as different groups of stakeholders. Serving as a platform for discussions about water and food secure societies, by providing a stimulating environment with the intention of yielding innovative ideas and grounds for implementation, the WSCC is continuing a series of successful conferences in Thailand, Germany, Kenya and Mexico.

The WSCC is an initiative of the ‘Higher Education Excellence in Development Cooperation – exceed’ program, and has been implemented since 2016 under the auspices of the Centers for Natural Resources and Development (CNRD) and the Sustainable Water Management in Developing Countries (SWINDON) network. The scientific committee includes the Food Security Center (FSC) as well as the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT).

In 2021, the WSCC was convened by the Vietnam Academy for Water Resources (VAWR) in Hanoi. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we implemented the Water Security and Climate Change (WSCC) conference in a virtual format. 

Wrap Up 2021

Our great online conference came to an end and the amazing graphic recording is now available! Take a look at the final results below, or see the full image here.
The WSCC 2021 was packed with interesting keynotes, sessions, poster and oral presentations – and, of course, over 500 participants who made this online event such a special one!

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Recordings

The WSCC 2021 was packed with interesting Sessions and Events, making it impossible to watch it all.

Have you missed any Sessions? Watch our Conference Recordings* now on YouTube!

 

* Some Recordings are still being uploaded  

Conference Materials

WSCC Organization Committee

Scientific Committee
Lars Ribbe Technische Hochschule Köln, Centers for Natural Resources and Development (CNRD), Germany
Nguyen Tung Phong Vietnam Academy for Water Resources (VAWR), Vietnam
Andreas Haarstrick Technische Universität Braunschweig, International Network on Sustainable Water Management in Developing Countries (SWINDON), Germany
Mukand Babel Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand
Reiner Doluschitz University of Hohenheim, Food Security Center (FSC), Germany
Organization Committee (in alphabetical order)
Beatriz Vecchia Technische Hochschule Köln, Centers for Natural Resources and Development (CNRD), Germany
Daniela Gomez University of Hohenheim, Food Security Center (FSC), Germany
Heinrich Hagel University of Hohenheim, Food Security Center (FSC), Germany
Laura Longerich Technische Hochschule Köln, Centers for Natural Resources and Development (CNRD), Germany
Muhammad Khalifa Technische Hochschule Köln, Centers for Natural Resources and Development (CNRD), Germany
Nazmul Huq Technische Hochschule Köln, Centers for Natural Resources and Development (CNRD), Germany
Nora Lucidi Technische Hochschule Köln, Centers for Natural Resources and Development (CNRD), Germany
Oscar Baez Villanueva Technische Hochschule Köln, Centers for Natural Resources and Development (CNRD), Germany
Sven Tönsjost Technische Hochschule Köln, Centers for Natural Resources and Development (CNRD), Germany
Trinh Tran Vietnam Academy for Water Resources (VAWR), Vietnam

 

Local Organization Committee (in alphabetical order)
Le Hong Nhung Vietnam Academy for Water Resources (VAWR), Vietnam
Luong Tuan Trung Vietnam Academy for Water Resources (VAWR), Vietnam
Nguyen Hoang Hai Vietnam Academy for Water Resources (VAWR), Vietnam
Tran Huyen Trang, Vietnam Academy for Water Resources (VAWR), Vietnam
Tran Kim Anh Vietnam Academy for Water Resources (VAWR), Vietnam
Vu Thi Thuy Vietnam Academy for Water Resources (VAWR), Vietnam

 

Selection Committee and Session Hosts (in alphabetical order)
Alexandra Nauditt Technische Hochschule Köln, Centers for Natural Resources and Development (CNRD), Germany
Andreas Haarstrick Technische Universität Braunschweig, International Network on Sustainable Water Management in Developing Countries (SWINDON), Germany
Angela Million Technical University Berlin, Germany
Ania Wilk-Pham Technical University Berlin, Habitat Unit, Germany
Anik Bhaduri Griffith University, Australia
Anja Steglich Technical University Berlin, Germany
Bernd Gutterer PolyUrbanWaters Project
Björn Weeser SDGnexus Network, Center for International Development and Environmental Research (ZEU), Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany
Chrispin Kowenje Maseno University, Kenya
Daniela Gomez University of Hohenheim, Food Security Center (FSC), Germany
Dinesh Kumar Institute for Resource Analysis and Policy (IRAP), India
Dolores Rey Vicario Cranfield University, Great Britain
Dominic Sett United Nations University – Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), Bonn, Germany / Munich Climate Insurance Initiative (MCII)
Frank Flanderer Bremen Overseas Research and Development Association, BORDA Southeast-Asia
Greta Dekker Technische Hochschule Köln, Germany
Grit Bürgow Technical University Berlin, Germany
Heinrich Hagel University of Hohenheim, Food Security Center (FSC), Germany
Hendra Gupta Bremen Overseas Research and Development Association (BORDA), Germany
Ian McNamara Technische Hochschule Köln, Germany
Johannes Hamhaber Technische Hochschule Köln, Centers for Natural Resources and Development (CNRD), Germany
Jonathan Brenes Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand
Jorge Leon Sarmiento University of São Paulo, Brazil
Karen Sudmeier-Rieux United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Lars Ribbe Technische Hochschule Köln, Centers for Natural Resources and Development (CNRD), Germany
Mahsa Motlagh Bonn Alliance for Sustainability Research / Innovation Campus Bonn, Germany
Marcel Marchand Deltares, Netherlands
Marcos Algara Siller Autonomous University of San Luis Potosi, Agenda Ambiental, Mexico
Mina Adhikari Nepal Water Conservation Foundation For Academic Research (NWCF), Nepal
Mirja Michalscheck Farming Systems Ecology Group, Wageningen University, Netherlands
Mukand Babel Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand
Nitin Bassi Institute for Resource Analysis and Policy (IRAP), India
Phurba Lhendup Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand
Rishiraj Dutta Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), Thailand
Sanju Koirala Policy Entrepreneurs Incorporated (PEI), Nepal
Saowanit Prabnakorn Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi, Thailand
Simone Sandholz United Nations University – Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), Bonn, Germany
Suzanne Jacobs Center for International Development and Environmental Research (ZEU), Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany
Thammarat Koottatep Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand
Tom Vanwalleghem University of Cordoba, Spain
Trang Dinh Phuong Deltares, Netherlands
Udo Nehren Technische Hochschule Köln, Germany
Vishnu Prasad Pandey International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
Yuei-An Liou Center for Space and Remote Sensing Research, National Central University, Taiwan
Yusuf Kabir United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF

 

Organized by

VAWR – Vietnam Academy for Water Resources, Hanoi, Vietnam
The Vietnam Academy for Water Resources (VAWR), established in 2007, emerged from the restructuring of the Vietnam Institute for Water Resources Research (established in 1959) and the Southern Institute for Water Resources Research (established in 1978). With about 1,300 professionals with many professors, doctoral students, and senior researchers working in 17 sub-institutions, the VAWR is the leading institute for water resources research and development in Vietnam, and is one of 42 national institutes with high potential capacity in science research and technology transfer. The VAWR has 14 organization members providing scientific research, training, consultancy, and technology transfer in the fields of developing and managing water resources, irrigation, agriculture, and rural development.

The VAWR, under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), is a state-owned science organization and independent legal entity with its own seal and bank account at the treasury and state banks, allowing it to operate independently in accordance with law. The VAWR provides scientific research for public services, technology transfer, postgraduate education, international cooperation, investment consulting, and investment and construction of irrigation, hydropower, and environmental work that provide services for state management, agricultural development, and rural development.

AIT – Asian Institute of Technology

The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) promotes technological change and sustainable development in the Asian-Pacific region through higher education, research and outreach. Established in Bangkok in 1959, AIT has become a leading regional postgraduate institution and is actively working with public and private sector partners throughout the region and with some of the top universities in the world. Recognized for its multinational, multicultural ethos, the Institute operates as a self-contained international community at its campus located 40km north of downtown Bangkok, Thailand. AIT has three schools, namely, School of Engineering and Technology (SET), School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD), and School of Management (SOM). Education, research and outreach activities are carried out through various academic programs in different departments in three Schools. Visit www.ait.asia for more information.The Water Engineering and Management (WEM) program in the Department of Civil and Infrastructure Engineering in SET imparts education and training towards an understanding of the complexity of water cycle, utilization, and management. It offers a balanced curriculum covering both engineering and management aspects of water resources to meet today’s major challenges for water engineers and managers include securing water for people and for food production, protecting vital ecosystems, and dealing with climate variability and change and uncertainty of water in space and time. Students acquire knowledge and hands-on practice in tools and techniques to come up with viable and sustainable solution for water, food, energy, and environmental security. Students conduct research on country-specific water related problems, and have opportunities to join research and internship programs with industries and partners.

The first “Water security and Climate Change: Challenges and Opportunities in Asia” Conference (WSCC2016) was held from 29 November to 01 December 2016 at the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand.

CNRD – Centers for Natural Resources and Development

CNRD is a worldwide university network promoting academic exchange and cooperation in the area of natural resources management, in particular related to water, land, ecosystem and renewable energy resources in the context of the UN Sustainable Goals (SDGs). In teaching and research, CNRD pursues transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to natural resource management which is necessary for understanding and solving the most pressing problems of today.

CNRD aspires to create a worldwide network of postgraduate courses related to natural resources management and development with an interdisciplinary and intercultural orientation. To achieve this objective there are a variety of initiatives, starting with CNRD semester scholarships for Master’s students. The teaching capacities of the members of CNRD are strengthened through individual and didactic staff support and curriculum development workshops. The other CNRD activities in Education include joint development of teaching material and e-learning modules on the four main CNRD topics is supported by CNRD and lecturer exchange between all universities involved.

The CNRD network fosters interdisciplinary research addressing the challenges related to the SDGs. The CNRD-exceed partners engage in consortia to develop competitive research proposals. These proposals target most interesting national and international calls and aim at strengthening the research capacities as well as widening the research portfolio at the partner universities.

Along with education and research, the third pillar of activities within CNRD exceed is capacity development (CD). In addition to generating knowledge by conducting problem-oriented (applied) research, the key role of the universities is to enhance individual capacities, e.g., in post-graduate education. There is a global network of experts providing sound, science-based governance advice and transferring scientific knowledge into applicable management strategies, as well as, contributing to close the gap between academic education and the constantly changing demands experts and decision-makers face in their day-to-day business.

SWINDON – International Network on Sustainable Water Management in Developing Countries
The primary goal of the Braunschweig Competence Centre and its international cooperation partners is to promote capacity building, knowledge transfer, and to develop core proposals for sustainable water management. The latter includes technologies for manifold use and reuse of water. For instance two thirds of fresh water worldwide is currently used in agriculture that literally drains away into the ground. Here, treated wastewater could be recycled and reused for further application, e.g. in agriculture. The water utilized in the industrial sector could also be recycled and reused.
Overall research fields include Sanitary Engineering, Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering, Water Quality, Waste Management, and Water Governance.

The global project network of exceed-Swindon consists of 29 full member institutions in 15 countries on 4 continents. Each of these institutions is represented by a renowned scientist who has his research focus on water problems. The network considers cooperation, education, and knowledge transfer within the water research and management area to be an indispensable condition for solving present and, in particular, further water-related problems. The mission, first of all, is to inspire and promote exceed-Swindon members in being an international community of academic and practice-oriented professionals, graduated students concerned with water, and a global source of knowledge.

FSC – Food Security Center
The Food Security Center (FSC) at the University of Hohenheim, Germany, is part of the DAAD program EXCEED – Higher Education in Development Cooperation. Food Security is one of the strengths of the University of Hohenheim since its foundation in 1818.

The FSC’s mission is to provide innovative and effective scientific findings to reduce hunger and achieve food security, contributing towards the major goals of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs),in particular to zero hunger (SDG 2) and no poverty (SDG 1).

FSC promotes and ensures an excellent education and training of young international scientists.

Within its international networks in the field of food security, FSC utilizes a multi- and transdisciplinary approach through teaching, conducting research, and providing policy advice in coopera­tion with national and international development organizations and partner institutions.

FSC is partner of the BMZ special initiative „ONE WORLD – No Hunger“. The center provides accompanying research for this program.

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