The workshops in the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy were divided into two: A workshop organised at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy on “Urban resilience: The impacts of droughts and floods” on 8-9 July, and a half-day session within the framework of the Singapore International Water Week (SIWW): “Inaugural International Conference on Water Policy and Governance: Policies and Governance to enhance urban water resilience” on 10 July. The 2-day workshop had 19 presentations. Both presentations and discussions were very rich. Either 1 or 2 special issues will be published with the resulting papers. It will depend on the quality of the submissions. One special issue will be published in the International Journal of Water Resources Development. The journal where a second special can be published will be decided when the manuscripts are submitted.
The Inaugural Conference was organised within the framework of SIWW 2016 and the participants were academics but also practitioners. It gave IWP much visibility. There was no publication from the conference at SIWW. A second workshop was organised during Stockholm World Water Week. There were 8 presentations on the topic. Attendance was of more than 100 persons.
Out of the two workshops, several papers have been published in the International Journal of Water Resources Development. The list is attached. The special issue will be published this year.
The overall objective of the two workshops was to analyse and discuss the impacts of droughts and floods in the resilience of several cities in developed and developing countries from the human, water, land, energy, food, and environment perspectives, and on how cities prepare, cope, manage and recover from these increasingly frequent extreme events.
The workshops included aspects such as preparedness, policy responses, legal and regulatory frameworks, roles of institutions (formal and informal), governance perspectives, economic, social and environmental considerations, infrastructure development, overall investments, and science and technology. Discussions focused on the cities and also on the basins and regions from which they get their resources and on which their resilience depends to a significant extent. Topics for discussion included: type of capacities that have been developed and how effective they have been; have there been events that have led to positive transformations? Do strategies vary according to political will? Can there be policy and planning to proactively create, assume and shape change? Are there long-term strategies to mitigate and adapt to socio-economic as well as environmental challenges? What lessons, positive and negative, can be learnt regionally or globally?