Agricultural Ground Water use: legal and institutional perspectives from semi-arid regions in a changing climate.
Campus Mare Nostrum 1-day workshop in cooperation with the
Montecatini Terme, 21-24 March 2012. European University Institute.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Prof. Dr. Santiago M. Álvarez Carreño.
Submission deadline March 1
Workshop title: “Agricultural ground water use: legal and institutional perspectives from semi-arid regions in a changing climate”
- Where: Universidad de Murcia (Spain)
- When: 20/03/2012
Under climate change conditions, there is an urgent need for a global restructuring of water resources policies. Irrigated agriculture is by far the largest sector of water use in the Mediterranean region. The awareness of the complex situation and the need to rethink the traditional point of view on water management and policy is clearly installed in society. However, at this moment of change there are no prescriptions or formulae considered as magical solutions and/or exclusive of any other alternative. In an effort to encourage a move towards more sustainable approaches to agricultural underground water use and management, following the «Guidelines of the Strategy for Water in the Mediterranean (SWM) regarding more efficient uses of water resources in semiarid areas», this workshop calls for legal experts from all Mediterranean countries to consider the complex legal framework for water decision-making in the agricultural sector.
Ground water resources are vital for the economy of semiarid areas in the Mediterranean, and central for the survival of its environmental systems. An integrated approach to water management calls for the evolution of management and normative instruments that deal efficiently with the main challenges faced by the Mediterranean countries.
This requires both political commitments in the long term as well as scientific advancement in related interdisciplinary areas. Improving the management of ground water resources is essential to cope with a situation where climate variability may have a huge impact on Mediterranean economies. Failing to meet this challenge will take a huge toll on the sustainability of existing resources.
While new policies and regulations may impose new restrictions in terms of resources availability and rising exploitation costs, the needs of the agricultural industries and communities have to be met from economic, social and environmental perspectives.
Ground water resources and agriculture have traditionally been interwoven in different, complex ways. One of these intersections is the need to define areas for legal protection. However, the multifaceted nature of the task and the number of agents and activities involved (agricultural industries, water resources, legal systems, etc.) call for the contributions of experts in regulation and institutional change that, from a wide array of disciplines, deal with the major challenges in managing the quality and the availability of ground water resources. In this workshop researchers and legal experts are accordingly encouraged to deal with such topics and discuss ways in which institutions and individuals can rethink the traditional point of view on ground water management and associated policies.
Thus, both theoretical and applied contributions are expected and warmly invited from the following fields:
1. Agricultural ground water use from a legal perspective.
2. Agricultural ground water use from an institutional perspective
Submission of proposals: March 1.
Author notification: March 5.
Proposals can be of two types: up to 40 pages and up to 20 pages long and will follow the following conventions:
-Word .doc or .docx format.
-Full name of author(s)
-150 word abstract
- 3-5 key words
-Paper strutured into headings and subheadings
- Reference section
Proposals will be submitted to email@example.com
Envío de propuestas (Spanish)
Las ponencias no sobrepasarán las 40 y las comunicaciones las 20 páginas y ambas deben cumplir los siguientes requisitos:
Deben dirigirse en soporte electrónico, en Windows Microsoft World, y hay que remitirlos por correo electrónico a la dirección siguiente: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Es necesario que con el texto del trabajo se hagan llegar los datos suficientes (dirección, teléfonos y dirección electrónica) para que la coordinación del Workshop se pueda poner en contacto con el autor de una manera rápida.
Los trabajos deben incluir los siguientes elementos:
- Nombre y apellidos del autor
- Cargo o adscripción académica
- Sumario de los diferentes apartados en que se estructura
- Resumen (150 palabras)
- Palabras clave o descriptores de la materia (de 3 a 5)
- Cuerpo del trabajo, dividido en apartados y subapartados
- Bibliografía, donde se recojan las obras utilizadas en la elaboración del trabajo