Integrated Water Resource Management Convention Karlsruhe


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Emerging topic: Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)

Already today more than 2 billion people in over 40 countries are affected by water scarcity. Therefore, integrated water resource management (IWRM) is the essential instrument to optimise water usage, taking the requirements of the society and the economy into account. Because of the great importance of the topic the IWRM Karlsruhe will be held for the first time from the 24th until the 25th of November 2010 in the Karlsruhe Convention Center. The convention, which will be accompanied by an exhibition, aims to bundle the international know-how and hands-on expertise and to stimulate the exploitation of this knowledge. IWRM Karlsruhe focuses in particular on water management in the agricultural domain, because today agriculture accounts for approximately two-thirds of total water consumption worldwide. The accompanying exhibition at IWRM Karlsruhe offers an additional opportunity to examine the functionality of IWRM models and systems directly with suppliers and service providers.

Visitor target group: IWRM Karlsruhe 2010 is aimed at international trade visitors from science, industry and the public sector. We expect about 400 experts to attend, including:

  • Decision-makers from utilities and waste disposal companies and local councils
  • Universities, colleges, students
  • Political decision-makers (state departments of the environment)
  • Agricultural decision-makers and planners
  • NGOs and authorities

Exhibitor target group: The attractive setting of the Stadthalle will provide 30 hand-picked IWRM vendors the opportunity to exhibit. These will include vendors and service providers from the fields of:

  • Geology, hydrology
  • Water management
  • Software
  • Science, research and education
  • Manufacturers of mobile water treatment plants


1. Management of rainfall retention and storage in relation to soil properties and vegetation (including erosion and desertification)

2. Waste water reuse management in agriculture a. Irrigation and salination b. Hygienisation management and disinfection processes

3. Materials flows and ingredients flow management in water supply/distribution and agricultural irrigation a. Nutrient cycles b. Contaminant remediation and immobilization c. Water related organic carbon d. Water quality management

4. Land use and climate zone related water resource management (including urban areas) e. Exploitation and protection of water resources (incl. waste water) f. The economic triangle: water, energy, food g. Water resouce modeling (analytical, knowledge based) h. Water policies and decision support, capacity building

5. Management of floods, storm water events and emergency water resources a. Flood water as a raw water resource b. Storm water forecasting and remedies c. Emergency water resources

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