The International Water and Climate Workshop brought together 220 participants, students, professionals and decision makers in the field of water, biodiversity, cooperation or territorial development.
This event, organized by the Water Agency Seine-Normandy, the French Development Agency (AFD) and their partners, was held in Paris on September 20th, 21st and 22nd 2017. During three days, many contributors presented their current and future project to provide solutions:
- To mitigate coastal erosion
- To prevent flooding
- To fight against drought and soil erosion in agriculture
- To limit pressures on water resources at the watershed scale
It is in this context that François Simon of Lyon Metropole, Raphaël Vinchent of Agrisud International and Marie Nourtier of Etc Terra, presented the first lessons learned from the Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) project which is implemented in the Haute Matsiatra region of Madagascar, on the Zambazamba watershed since 2014.
« […] the projects presented demonstrated that ecological engineering throughout the world offers people both environmental social and economic benefits (education-training, employment, crop yields …), the working groups allowed us to define lasting solutions by working on fictitious cases but with real characteristics and finally the field visits allowed us to step back on green solutions already implemented ten years ago and draw lessons from it. » Patricia BLANC, general director of the Water Agency Seine-Normandy