Water & Climate
"Rather than focusing on the negative aspects of climate change, we need to provide an alternative perspective."
Steering Committee of the Thinkers' Programme Water & Climate
Expertengroep van het Denkersprogramma Water en Klimaat
Climate change is a fact. The challenge arises to develop an adaptation strategy and deal with its consequences. Rather than focusing on the negative aspects, this Thinkers' Programme aimed to provide an alternative perspective and present a positive narrative about climate change and resilience in the context of water.
Margaret Catley-Carlson (Patron Global Water Partnership Canada) and Glen T. Daigger (former chairman of the International Water Association) were the two Thinkers-in-Residence at the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts (KVAB) for the 2016 Thinkers Programme on Water & Climate. They worked with stakeholders in Flanders in order to formulate long term policy objectives for Flanders and beyond. On Friday June 17 they presented their findings.
Margaret Catley-Carlson operates at Board level for improved water resource management and agricultural productivity and rural development. Vice Chair Canadian Water Network Board, member UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Water, Rosenberg Forum, Patron/past Chair Global Water Partnership. Council of Advisors of the World Food Prize, Library of Alexandria in Egypt, Tyler Prize and Stockholm Water Prize, Boards of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), International Commission on Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Syngenta Foundation, and the IFDC (Fertilizer Management).
President Canadian International Development Agency 1983-89; Deputy Executive Director UNICEF New York 1981-1983; President Population Council New York 1993-98; Deputy Minister Health and Welfare Canada 1989-92.
Ms. Catley-Carlson has ten honorary degrees and is an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Dr. Daigger is currently Professor of Engineering Practice at the University of Michigan and President and Founder of One Water Solutions, LLC, a water engineering and innovation firm. He previously served as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for CH2M HILL where he was employed for 35 years, as well as Professor and Chair of Environmental Systems Engineering at Clemson University.
Actively engaged in the water profession through major projects, and as author or co-author of more than 100 technical papers, four books, and several technical manuals, he contributes to significantly advance practice within the water profession. Deeply involved in professional activities, he is currently Immediate Past President of the International Water Association (IWA).
The recipient of numerous awards, including the Kappe, Freese, and Feng lectures and the Harrison Prescott Eddy, Morgan, and the Gascoigne Awards, he is a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), a Distinguished Fellow of IWA, and a Fellow of the Water Environment Federation (WEF). A member of a number of professional societies, Dr. Daigger is also a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineers.