Global Water Management Challenges and Opportunities



A series on global water issues and challenges Presented by Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) in collaboration with the Water Institute of the University of Florida. All presentations are in the Oak Room at Oak Hammock, 5100 S.W. 25th Blvd. in Gainesville.


Upcoming Events

Thursday, September 21, 2017
Event Title:  Sustainable Water Resources: Transdisciplinary Challenges and Opportunities
Speaker:   Dr. Wendy Graham, UF Water Institute Director,  Swisher Eminent Scholar in Water Resources
Time:  1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Location:  Oak Room, Oak Hammock, 5100 SW 25th Blvd.
Co-Host:  Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR)

Thursday, September 28, 2017
Event Title:  Fisheries, Aquaculture and the Future of Seafood
Speaker:   Prof. James Anderson, Professor of Food and Resource Economics and Director of the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems, University of Florida
Time:  1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Location:  Oak Room, Oak Hammock, 5100 SW 25th Blvd.
Co-Host:  Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR)

Thursday, October 05, 2017
Event Title:  Is water a resource or a constraint to women's empowerment?
Speaker:   Dr. Sandra Russo, Director, Office for Global Research Engagement, International Center, University of Florida
Time:  1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Location:  Oak Room, Oak Hammock, 5100 SW 25th Blvd.
Co-Host:  Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR)
Event Description:  While significant progress has been made by and for women in developing countries, the lives of many women remain unchanged. Their triple roles – productive work combined with unpaid domestic and care work as well as community engagement – lead to long hours and poor quality of life. Women’s access to resources – land, technology, credit, education – is often limited by social and cultural constraints. Women’s agency – their ability to choose the work they do, to have voice in decisions made at the household level or by others for them, to be free from gender-based violence – can be transformative and empowering. As women and girls spend a significant part of their days gathering water, their ability to reach their full potential is limited. Is ready access to clean water a resource that could transform women’s lives and lead to their empowerment?

Thursday, October 12, 2017
Event Title:  Sustainable trajectories for global water quantity and quality
Speaker:   Prof. James Jawitz, Professor and Associate Chair, Soil and Water Sciences, University of Florida
Time:  1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Location:  Oak Room, Oak Hammock, 5100 SW 25th Blvd.
Co-Host:  Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR)
Event Description:  All human societies are built on a liquid foundation, based on the control of water resources. But, have human alterations of the natural global water cycle been pushed beyond planetary boundaries? Will the world be able to meet future water demands? Let’s take a look at long-term data from several globally significant case studies that will allow us to generalize expected future trends in water quantity and quality.

Thursday, October 19, 2017
Event Title:  Energy, water and sustainability: Lessons learned and challenges for the future of the Amazon
Speaker:   Dr. Simone Athayde, Associate Researcher and Coordinator, Amazon Dams Program Center for Latin American Studies, University of Florida
Time:  1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Location:  Oak Room, Oak Hammock, 5100 SW 25th Blvd.
Co-Host:  Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR)

Thursday, October 26, 2017
Event Title:  Feeding the Multitudes in 2050: Do we have enough water?
Speaker:   Dr. Douglas Merrey, Independent Consultant, Gainesville, Florida
Time:  1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Location:  Oak Room, Oak Hammock, 5100 SW 25th Blvd.
Co-Host:  Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR)
Event Description:  In discussions of future global food and water security, the “elephant in the room” is water for agriculture, which is 70% plus of all the water humans use. Will there be enough water to meet food and other human needs without destroying our natural resources? This presentation will address this issue, and offer a mildly optimistic assessment.