GFAR researchers Dr. Adam Loch and Dr. David Adamson recently spent 10 days in Portugal and Spain. The trip leveraged an opportunity where they were invited as speakers at the ‘Managing Water Gaps: An Opportunity?’ an International Seminar held on the 17 April 2018 in Beja, Portugal.
The focus of the workshop was on recent drought impacts to water supply, and how local users in the Beja region may be able to cope in future. The invitation to attend and present at the workshop was extended after Dr Adamson presented at an earlier seminar in Venice (Efficiency oriented water management: From panaceas to solutions), and Dr Loch presented in Alcala de Henares (Efficiency oriented water management: A follow up workshop) in 2017.
Also speaking at the workshop were:
- Gonçalo Leal (Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development, Portuguese Government);
- José Angel Rodriguez (Guadiana Hydrographic Confederation )
- Consuelo Varela-Ortega (Department of Agrarian Economy, Higher Technical School of Agronomic, Food and Biosystems Engineering. Universidad Politécnica de Madrid); and
- José Manuel Lima Santos (Hydrological Engineering, Technical University of Lisbon / Instituto Superior de Agronomia).
Taking full use of the opportunity, Dr.Loch and Dr. Adamson then caught up with contacts in Portugal and Spain including:
- Catarina Roseta-Palma, Head of the Department of Economics at ISCTE-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa. We were able to draft out ideas for a paper; and
- Dioni Perez-Blanco, a co-author on two publications this year, who has just moved to Salamanca University:
- Pérez-Blanco, C.D., Adamson, D., Loch, A., 2018. Economic Resilience, in: Fuchs, S., Thaler, T. (Eds.), Vulnerability and Resilience to Natural Hazards. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 214-236.
- Gómez Gómez, C.M., Pérez-Blanco, C.D., Adamson, D., Loch, A., 2018. Managing Water Scarcity at a River Basin Scale with Economic Instruments. Water Economics and Policy 04, 1750004.