Global Water, a resource for development: Opportunities, challenges and constraints

Join us at the XVth IWRA World Water Congress to be held in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2015!  


Rail Strike – UPDATE

Planned rail strikes on Monday 25 May have now been called off and delegates travelling to the Congress should not be affected by any  rail disruption.

Rail Strike information

Delegates travelling to the World Water Congress may be affected by a planned rail strike throughout the United Kingdom.

Although the strike is planned from 5 pm on Monday 25 May for two days, it is likely that services will be disrupted from Sunday 24 May.

All local services in Scotland provided by Scotrail are likely to be affected, as will services from England on the East Coast and West Coast main line routes.

Tram and bus services in Edinburgh will not be affected.

Transport information links:

For up to date information on Scotrail services, check their Twitter feed @ScotRail or their website

For up to date information on East Coast main line services, check their Twitter feed @Virgin_TrainsEC and for West Coast main line services, check @VirginTrains; or

Edinburgh bus and tram information from: or on Twitter @on_lothianbuses

– Congress Full Programme now announced! – view it here
– Technical Visits now open for bookings – click here for details!
– Special Sessions now announced!  Click here for details.
– Due to demand on the registration website last week (w/c 17 March), you may have experienced difficulties registering for the Congress.  This is now fixed, so if you are still receiving an error message, try clearing your computer’s cache and try again.
– The outline Programme has now been announced – click here for details!
The submission date for special sessions has now passed, many thanks to all who submitted a session for review

On behalf of the International Water Resources Association we are delighted to announce that the XVth World Water Congress will be held from the 25th to 29th May 2015 at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC), Edinburgh in cooperation with the Scottish Government.


We look forward to welcoming you to Edinburgh in 2015

Global Water, a resource for development: Opportunities, challenges and constraints

In an increasingly complex world, water management is at a critical juncture at present. Even when it has to fulfil essential roles in promoting development, reducing poverty and conserving environment at the national and sub-national levels, water is often scarce, contested, polluted, mismanaged, misgoverned and poorly allocated. A main handicap has been that water management has often been considered as an end by itself, and not as a means to an end, the end and the opportunity being to achieve overall development, economic prosperity, improvement of quality of life and environmental conservation.

Both developed and developing countries are confronted with the urgent need to support the increasing water-related demands of growing populations and of the energy, industrial and agricultural sectors, as well as to respond to environmental concerns with sources of water that are scarce, over-exploited or too polluted for the intended uses. In spite of its relevance in terms of security, water is often not regarded as a key determinant for development, absent from many political agendas. This congress seeks to explore Global Water as a resource for economic, social and environmental development. Hosted in Edinburgh capital of Scotland the Hydro Nation where recent legislation puts water at the heart of the national development agenda.

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