G-WADI and CAZALAC organize UNESCO Seminar on “Rainwater Harvesting Techniques: A Tool to Deal with Water Scarcity”, 9-10 March 2017, Santiago Chile

G-WADI and CAZALAC organize UNESCO Seminar on “Rainwater Harvesting Techniques: A Tool to Deal with Water Scarcity”, 9-10 March 2017, Santiago Chile
2017-03-15

A seminar on Rainwater Harvesting Techniques: A Tool to Deal with Water Scarcity, was held at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) building, 9-10 March 2017, Santiago Chile. It was organized by UNESCO-IHP’s Global Network on Water and Development Information for Arid Lands (G-WADI) and the UNESCO-affiliated center CAZALAC (La Serena, Chile), and was hosted by FAO.
The objective of this seminar was to exchange and gather knowledge of different water harvesting techniques in the Latin-American and Caribbean region. It assembled much of the available expertise and information about the use, implementation and design of water harvesting techniques in the region. Participants were asked to comment their experiences on this topic and the difficulties encountered, and a cooperation network of the participating professionals was created.
The meeting covered both local-scale “Water Harvesting” and more regional-scale “Managed Aquifer Recharge” for water-scarce regions. These represent two ends of a spectrum, in terms of spatial scale, of capturing rain-, gray- and wastewater, with the former often occurring in individual residences or villages and the latter engaging water resources engineers and utilities. There were approximately 30 talks, the majority of which were case studies on water harvesting in Latin America and the Caribbean. Many of these will be published in a proceedings volume.
Addition information on the seminar, including the program, is available from CAZALAC, in Spanish and English.