Symposium Program

Wednesday, March 24th

7:00 – 8:00 Registration - Continental Breakfast

8:00 Welcome

8:15 Opening of Symposium

8:15 – 10:20

Session 1: Hydrology

Session Chair: Joaquin Andreu

8:15 – 8:35 JT Vahrmeijer, JG Annandale, KC Bristow, JM Steyn and M Holland, South Africa - “Drought: A catalyst for change – A case study of the Steenkoppies aquifer, a dolomitic aquifer under stress in South Africa”

8:35 – 8:55  James Sickman, California - “Defining drought in California: Precipitation Variabillity over annual to millennial time scales” 

8:55 – 9:15 JJ Carrillo-Rivera and OM Rueda-Gallo, Mexico - “Where groundwater stands in drought conditions?”

9:15 – 9:35 Mac Kirby, Francis Chiew, Mohammed Mainuddin, Bill Young, Geoff Podger and Andy Close, Australia - “Drought and climate change in the Murray-Darling basin: a hydrological perspective”

9:35 – 9:55  Joaquin Andreu, Javier Ferrer-Polo, M Angel Pérez and Abel Solera, Spain - “Drought planning and management in the Júcar River Basin, Spain” 

9:55 – 10:20 Summary by Joaquin Andreu

10:20– 10:35 Break

10:35 – 1:00

Session 2: Agronomy

Session Chair: Peter Hayman

10:35 – 10:55  W Durand, South Africa - “Drought adaptation measures and risk tolerance of commercial and subsistence maize farmers in the north western Free State and Northwest Provinces of South Africa”

10:55 – 11:15  Marta García-Molla, Carles Sanchis and Lloreníç Avellá, Spain - “Irrigation associations coping with drought. The case of four irrigation districts in eastern Spain“ 

11:15 – 11:35 Robert B Hutmacher, California - “Crop choices with limited water supplies: Deficit irrigation and sensitive crop growth stages“

11:35 – 11:55 Luis Rendón Pimentel, Mexico - “Drought plans in irrigation districts”

11:55 – 12:15  Peter Hayman and Michael McCarthy, Australia - “Irrigation and drought in a southern Australian climate that is arid, variable and changing”

12:15 – 1:00 Summary by Peter Hayman

1:00 – 2:00 Lunch

2:00  – 4:30

Session 3: Ecological Impact and Response

Session Chair: Carles Ibáñez

2:00 – 2:20 G Darrel Jenerette, California - “Ecological responses and interactions with drought in the southwestern United States”

2:20 – 2:40 Irene Pisanty, Cristina Pérez y Sosa and Gabriel Gálvez, Mexico - “Agriculture, water mismanagement and ecosystem transformations in the Cuatrociénegas Valley in the Chihuahuan Desert, Mexico”

2:40 – 3:00 Ian Overton, Australia - “The Murray-Darling basin: An ecosystem under threat in Australia“

3:00 – 3:20 Carles Ibáñez and Nuno Caiola, Spain - “Impacts of water scarcity and drought on Iberian aquatic ecosystems“

3:20 – 3:40 Summary by Carles Ibáñez

3:40 – 4:00 Break

4:00 – 4:30 PM

Panel - (Hydrology, Agronomy, Ecology)

Moderator: Henry Vaux, Jr.
Audience Q&A -


Welcome Reception

California Museum of Photography


Photography Panel Discussion

California Museum of Photography

Thursday, March 25th

7:15 – 8:15 Continental Breakfast

8:15 – 10:10 A.M.

Session 4: Technology, Water Supply

Session Chair: James E Ayars

8:15 – 8:35 Holger R. Maier, Fiona L Paton, Graeme C Dandy, Jeff Connor, Australia “Impact of drought on Adelaide’s water supply system: Past, present and future”

8:35 – 8:55 E. Playán, S Lecina, D Isidoro, R Aragüés, J M Faci, R Salvador, N Zapata and J Cavero, Spain - “Living with drought in the irrigated agriculture of the Ebro basin (Spain): Structural and water management actions”

8:55– 9:15  Herrera Lezama, Mexico

9:15 – 9:35  James E. Ayars, California - “Adapting irrigated agriculture to drought in the San Joaquin Valley of California” 

9:35 – 9:55 TBD

9:55 – 10:10 Summary by James E. Ayars

10:10 – 10:30 Break

10:30AM  – 12:30 PM

Session 5: Economic Considerations

Session Chair:  Jose Albiac

10:30 – 10:50  Josué Medellín-Azuara, Richard E Howitt and Jay R Lund, California - “Modeling economic-engineering responses to drought – The California case”

10:50 – 11:10 Carlos Muñoz Piña, Mexico - “Decoupling the subsidy for water pumping: The Mexican case”

11:10 – 11:30 Rashid Hassan and Gerhard Backeberg, South Africa - “Drought management strategies in South Africa and the potential for economic policy instruments”

11:30 – 11:50 Jeffery D Connor, Australia - “Managing drought with water markets: The Australian Murray Darling basin experience”

11:50 – 12:10  Jose Albiac, Encarna Esteban and Javier Tapia, Spain - “Policy measures and economic impacts from water scarcity and droughts in Spain” 

12:10 – 12:30 Summary by Jose Albiac

12:30 – 1:30 Lunch

1:30 – 4:00 PM

Session 6: Management/Insurance

Session Chair:  Alberto Garrido

1:30 – 1:50 Miguel García-Vera, Confederación Hidrográfica del Ebro, Ministry of Environment, Spain - “Water scarcity management in Spain: Case study of the Ebro River basin“

1:50 – 2:10 David Dreverman, Executive Director, River Murray, Murray-Darling Basin Authority, Australia - “Responding to extreme drought in the Murray-Darling basin, Australia“

2:10 – 2:30 John Rossi, General Manager, Western Municipal Water District, California - “Potential political impacts in southern California of drought related water availability and rate increases”

2:30 – 2:50 Sergio Soto Priante, Deputy Director General for Hydraulic Infrastructure and Agriculture, National Water Commission, Mexico - “Hydrological cycles management to reduce the effects of drought in the Bravo River basin“

2:50 – 3:10 Marina Gil, Alberto Garrido, Almudena Gómez-Ramos, Spain - “Agricultural productivity and water supply variability in Spain: A model to manage hydrological risks”

3:10 – 3:25 Break

3:25 – 4:00

Panel (Technology, Water Supply and Economic Considerations)

Moderator:  Daniel Connell
Audience Q&A

6:00 – 9:00 PM


Keynote Speaker: Michael J Hayes, Director, National Drought Mitigation Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
“Lessons learned? Recent drought risk management experiences in the U.S.”

Friday, March 26th

7:30 – 8:30 Continental Breakfast

8:30 AM – 12:00 Noon

Session 7: Drought and Policy Making

Session Chair: Henry Vaux, Jr.

8:30 – 9:00 Matt Kendall, Manager, National Water Commission, Canberra, Australia - “Drought and its role in shaping water policy in Australia”

9:00 – 9:30 Liliana Meza García, Technical Secretary of the Social Cabinet, Office of the President and Alejandro Guevara Sanginés, Mexico - “Public interventions in Mexico to face drought in the short and long run“

9:30 – 10:00 Rachalet Cronjé, Director of Water Resource Management Support (WRMS), Department of Water Affairs and Forestry, Pretoria, South Africa - “Managing hydrological drought in South Africa“

10:00 – 10:30 Eduardo Diez-Patier, Chief of Cabinet for Water and Rural Development, Government of Spain, Madrid - “Drought policy in Spain. Past, present, and future“

10:30 – 11:00 Wendy Martin, Executive Project Manager, Statewide Drought Coordinator, California Department of Water Resources, Sacramento - "California's drought - A glimpse into the future"

11:00 – 11:15 Break

11:15 – 11:45 Keynote Speaker – Daniel Connell, Australia National University, Canberra, Australia - “Developing an auditing framework for the governance of rivers within federal systems – Australia, South Africa, United States, Mexico and Spain”

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch

2:00 – 4:00

Public Session

"A world with less water: Discussion on drought policy"
Sponsored by the Rosenberg International Forum on Water Policy

Facilitator: Daniel M Dooley, Senior Vice President, External Relations and Vice President, Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of California


  • Rachalet Cronjé, Director of Water Resource Management Support (WRMS) Department of Water Affairs and Forestry, Pretoria, South Africa
  • Matt Kendall, Manager, National Water Commission, Canberra, Australia
  • Wendy Martin, Executive Project Manager, Statewide Drought Coordinator, California Department of Water Resources, Sacramento
  • Liliana Meza García, Technical Secretary of the Social Cabinet, Office of the President, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Eduardo Diez-Patier, Chief of Cabinet for Water and Rural Development, Government of Spain, Madrid

4:00 End of symposium

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