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International Conference on Data, Information and Knowledge for Water Governance in the network society June-2014 Sevilla

2014-06-09 12.40.43

The main objective of the Conference was to analyze the current debates and innovations on the issues surrounding the collaborative generation, processing and dissemination of data, information and knowledge for the management of natural resources in general and water resources in particular.

This objective is justified by the confluence of profound transformations along three main axis: (1) changes in our understanding of the links between nature and society; (2) changes in the way we conceive the management and governance of natural resources, with increasing demands of transparency and public participation; and finally, (3) new information and communication technologies. The latter are enabling a revolution both in the potential to generate and manage exponentially growing amounts of information about our natural environment, as well as in the possibilities of disseminating this information in ever more creative and user-friendly ways through the internet and social media.

The Conference aimed to focus, specifically on the concepts of poly-centricity and collaborative generation of information, quality control, sustainability of the information cycle, public participation, open data generation and reuse of information. These are the key drivers for water governance in the near future.

Presentations and videos of the conference can be found here. The conference program was:

] SESSION 1_Monday9th_June_2014

Power, Communication And The Policy Process

  • Political and Technological Innovation. P2P Democracy and policy co-production Joan Subirats; Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain.
  • Interrogating Post-Democracy: Reclaiming egalitarian political spaces Erik Swyngedouw; Manchester University, United Kingdom

] SESSION 2_Monday9th_June_2014

Key Debates On Water Management Models/Paradigms

  • From panaceas towards a diagnostic approach in water governance and management Claudia Pahl-Wostl; University of Osnabrück, Germany.
  • Water management models and the formation of policy bubbles François Molle; Institute for Research and Development (IRD, France) & International Institute for Water Management (IWMI, Egypt).
  • The river basin organization, reflections on politics and performance Dave Huitema;VU University-Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Learning to swim in the troubled waters of impure public goods Bernard Barraque; International Center for Scientific Research on Environment (CNRS AU CIRED – HDR, France).

] Session 3_Tuesday10th_June2014

Polycentric Information For Water Governance: Generation, Quality Control And Sustainability

  • Socially networked citizen science as a mechanism for supporting conservation and behavioral change Janice Dickinson; Cornell University, USA.
  • Processes of social participation in information: The experience of the Water Remunicipalization Tracker Satoko Kishimoto; Transnational Institute, Water Justice, The Netherlands.
  • Administrative and legal obligations concerning data and information Arturo Fernández-Palacios & Jose María Hurtado, Government of Andalusia, Spain.
  • Collaborative production and management of water information. How to make polycentric information available to managers, agencies and the public: Spanish experience Javier Ruza, Water Directorate, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and the Environment of Spain.

] Session 4_Tuesday10th_June2014

Key Issues In Information Dissemination, Visualization, And Translation To Different Audiences

  • ustainable Development Indicators: dealing with complexity in governance. Mario Giampietro; Catalan Institute for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA) and Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain.
  • Tools for collaborative management of information J. Félix Ontañón, Open Kratio, Seville, Spain
  • The National Drought Mitigation Center: Building a conduit to bring the science to citizens Brian Fuchs; Drought Mitigation Center, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, USA.
  • Participatory knowledge generation for decision making Hoshin Gupta & Aleix Serrat-Capdevila; University of Arizona, USA.


New publication: Water use in arid rural systems and the integration of water and agricultural policies in Europe: the case of Andarax river basin

In collaboration with Cristina Madrid (@Pladiona) we just published a paper on Environment, Development and Sustainability . It is part of a special issue titled “Pathways of rural change: An integrated assessment of the metabolic patterns of emerging ruralities” developed by the Rural Systems Analysis of the IASTE research group, Autonomous University of Barcelona. The issue sheds light on the current dynamics, policies and pathways of rural change, as well as on t he new ruralities that are emerging as responses across Asia, Latin America and Europe. For the general description of the aims,  methods and case studies overview please head to the opening editorial.

Unfortunatelly, I couldn’t get funding for an open source version but here the preprint version download from ResearchGate.

Our contribution aims to be the first of three empirical papers of my PhD. I introduce my case study in the Andarax river basin (Almería) and make an analysis of the two main policies shapping water use pattern in it: agriculture and water management, downscaling from the European to the regional levels. It is also the first application of the water metabolism analytical framework to this end at river basin scale.


Water is a precious resource in arid rural areas with irrigated agriculture. Nonetheless, water and agricultural policies in Europe show different management scopes and objectives, usually translated in divergent drivers of rural change. This paper has a double aim: to propose a specific method for quantitative biophysical analysis of water use in rural systems with the multi-scale integrated analysis of societal and ecosystem metabolism approach and to show the usefulness of this method for the assessment of the integration of water and agricultural policies. The river basin scale is chosen, since it is the socioecological unit for water management established in the water framework directive 2000/60/CE. A multi-scale water use accounting is provided for a Mediterranean river basin in Andalusia, integrating water cycle, ecosystems and social levels. Particularly focusing on agricultural production, a relevant set of indicators is proposed in order to analyze and compare different metabolic patterns. Finally, the integration of water and agricultural planning is assessed in terms of external (biophysical) and internal (economic, institutional) constraints of the new water-use patterns generated by the scenarios posed in these policies. While on a European level water policy is ambitious in terms of ecological conservation, the lack of integration within the common agricultural policy and the entanglement of multiple scales of political and economic organization of local ruralities blur its priority in a rather slow transition to a new water culture.