Welcome to WIS-8 - Eighth Water Information Summit


Eighth Water Information Summit (WIS-8)
Linking and Strengthening Information Networks for Water and the Environment

Brasilia, Brazil
June 5 . 7, 2006
WIS-8 Program

Sunday . June 4 - At hotel

13:00 - 18:00 Registration opens at hotel
16:00 - 21:00 Optional - City tour and welcome dinner

Monday - June 5 - Earth Day - At National Water Agency (ANA)

08:00 Registration opens at ANA
Session 1 - ANA Auditorium
08:45 Welcome Remarks: José Machado (president, ANA), João Bosco Senra (SRH/MMA), Cristina Montenegro (UNEP), David Moody (WWCo / Dialogue Foundation), Alberto Palombo (WWCo/IWRN)
09:30 Panel "Setting the Stage: Water Information and Knowledge - Needs and Challenges" Participants: Richard Robarts (PNUMA, GEMS/Water), Rosalia Arteaga (OTCA), Oscar Cordeiro (ANA)
11:15 Coffee Break
11:30 Panel "Cooperating and Collaborating for enabling water information flow": Nelson da Franca (OAS), Jorge Hidalgo (IMTA / RELOB), Lakhdar Boukerrou (CES), Kenneth Reid (AWRA)
12:30 Lunch
Session 2
14:00 Panel "Water Management Information Systems and Water Management Instruments . Two Experiences: Mexico and Brazil" : Juan Carlos Valencia (CONAGUA, México) and Sérgio Barbosa (ANA)
15:30 Panel "WaterReach: Are we talking about water? - How to pass on the message about the importance of water management to the community at large": Cecy Oliveira (AguaOnline/IBEASA/IWRN), Francisco Villalpando (WMO), Joaquín Costanzo (IPS-LAC / COM+), Maysa Provedello (IDB)
16:45Char´s remarks on the session: José Almir Cirilo (CT-HIDRO/ UFPE)
Session 3
17:00 - 17:30 Official Opening Ceremony of the WIS in the context of Environment Week in Brazil: Cláudio Langone (MMA), José Machado (ANA), João Bosco Senra (SRH/MMA), Muriel Saragoussi (SCA/MMA)
Signing of the cooperation agreement between AWRA and ABRH: Rui Carlos Vieira da Silva (ABRH), Kenneth Reid (AWRA)
17:30 - 19:30Poster Session and Water Information Fair

Day 2 - Tuesday - June 6

Session 4
08:30 Welcome remarks: Juan Carlos Valencia (CONAGUA), David Moody (WWCo / Dialogue Foundation), Carlos Cobos (IWRN)
08:40 Lecture:"ICT4W . How ICT helps Water Management in the Context of Sustainable Development (a subset of ICT4D concept)" Alberto Palombo (WWCo/IWRN)
09:10 Panel of Case Studies on Information related to . Health and Water: Marta Bryce (CEPIS/OPS), . Climate and Water: Yosuke Yamashiki (ILEC) and Francisco de Assis (FUNCEME), . Science and Water: Paulo Egler (CGEE)
10:30 Panel "IWRN Nodes: An open system for water information exchange in the region": Shane Forsythe (CES), Maria do Carmo Zinato (SRH/MMA)
11:15 Coffee Break - Launching of the Water and Culture Initiative at ANA. Dalvino Troccoli (ANA)
11:30 Panel: "Delivering information in Water for Life Decade . Links between science, capacity building and information and knowledge delivery to support IWRM": Cecy Oliveira (AguaOnline/IBEASA/IWRN), Waldemar Gadelha (WWF), Eiman Karar (WRC), Elizabeth Cartaxo (UFAM), Zelmira May (UNESCO-LAC).
12:20 Char´s remarks on the session: Juan Carlos Valencia (CONAGUA)
12:30 Lunch
Session 5
14:00 Guidelines to start breakout group discussions - Key Questions . Key Challenges: David Moody (WWCo / Dialogue Foundation), José Edil Benedito (ANA) e Alberto Palombo (WWCo/IWRN)
14:30 Breakout group discussion
16:00 Coffee Break
16:15 Breakout group discussion
18:15 Wrap-Up and Checkpoint by Groups and Chair.s remarks on the session: Zelmira May (UNESCO-LAC)

Day 3 - Wednesday . June 7
Session 6
08:30 Welcome Remarks . Charge to Groups - David Moody (WWCo / Dialogue Foundation), José Edil Benedito (ANA) e Alberto Palombo (WWCo/IWRN)
09:00 Breakout group discussion
10:30 Wrap-Up by Groups
11:15 Coffee Break
11:30 Panel "Environmental Networks and EcoMundus Initiative": Sean Khan (UNEP, Nairobi), Volney Zanardi Júnior (MMA)
12:30 Closing Remarks on WIS-8: "Next Steps . Building a Partnership beyond borders, languages, and disciplines for sharing water information." Oscar Cordeiro, Sean Khan, Zelmira May, David Moody, Cristina Montenegro.
13:00 Lunch
14:30-18:30 Optional Program for WIS participants (City Tour) and Special Meetings for Stakeholder and Workgroups

Note: Transportation provided to ANA and back to Hotel everyday.


ANA - Agência Nacional de Águas
SRH/MMA - Secretaria de Recursos Hídricos do Ministério do Meio Ambiente
UNEP - United Nations Environment Program
WWCo - WaterWeb Consortium
IWRN - Interamerican Water Resources Network
OTCA - Organização do Tratado de Cooperação da Amazônia
OAS - Organization of American States
IMTA - Instituto Mexicano de Tecnologia de Água (México)
RELOB - Rede Latino-Americana de Organismos de Bacia
AWRA - American Water Resources Association (USA)
CONAGUA - Comissão Nacional de Água (México)
AguaOnline - Revista Digital AguaOnline (Brazil)
IBEASA - Instituto Brasileiro de Estudos e Ações em Saneamento Ambiental
UCAB - Universidade Católica André Bello (Venezuela)
Dialogue Foundation / Interamerican Water Resources Network
COM+ - Communicators Alliance for Sustainable Development
IDB - Interamerican Development Bank
CT-HIDRO - Fundo Setorial de Recursos Hídricos (Brazil)
UFPE - Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (Brazil)
MMA - Ministério de Meio Ambiente (Brazil)
SCA/MMA - Secretaria de Coordenação da Amazônia do Ministério do Meio Ambiente (Brazil)
ABRH - Associação Brasileira de Recursos Hídricos (Brazil)
CEPIS/OPS - Centro Pan-Americano de Engenharia Sanitária e Ciências do Meio Ambiente / Organização Pan-Americana de Saúde (Peru)
WMO- World Meteorological Organization
FUNCEME - Fundação Cearense de Meteorologia e Recursos Hídricos (Brazil)
FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization
CGEE - Centro de Gestão e Estudos Estratégicos (Brazil)
CES - Florida Center for Environmental Studies (USA)
INRENA - Instituto Nacional de Recursos Naturais (Peru)
CEHI - Caribbean Environmental Health Institute
UFAM - Universidade Federal do Amazonas (Brazil)
UNESCO-LAC - Organização das Nações Unidas para a Educação, a Ciência e a Cultura, Escritório da América Latina
ILEC- International Lake Environment Committee Foundation
WRC - Water Resources Center (South Africa) / Centro de Recursos Hídricos (África do Sul)