Water-related frameworks often overlook the cumulative impacts of directly or indirectly water-reliant activities operating beyond the watershed boundaries, such as the international trade network. As a result, long-distance interactions between coupled natural and human systems, defined as teleconnections, are not yet fully considered in water management approaches. This presentation discusses two main topics:

  • the network of global coffee trade flows (as an example of international trade network) and how it behaves with potential changes to its original configuration in relation to the volume of coffee exported and imported by major players
  • the water teleconnections resulted from the topological relations between the area destined for coffee production and the river network of Colombia’s Magdalena-Cauca macro-basin. We will also explore the possible way forward in considering teleconnections within water management.

Youth Track: Water and Youth – Engaging the next generation in science and policy

Tuesday 1 Nov, 11:00-12:30 – Main Auditorium

Water is at the core of sustainable development. Access to sufficient quantity and quality of water is fundamental for human well-being, socio-economic development, the preservation of healthy ecosystems and to moderate climate change.

This session will focus on how the work of GEO, through its Members States, Participating Organizations and Work Programme activities converges with youth initiatives around water issues. This session will cover scientific, and policy related efforts taken by key actors to involve young people in activities linked to water.

Water is a key foundation for achieving Sustainable Development Goals 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation) and 14 (life below water). Moreover, as water scarcity, poor water quality and inadequate sanitation also affect the ecosystems’ resiliency, food production, industry, nutrition and human well-being worldwide, water is also related to SDG 2 (Zero Hunger), SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-being), SDG 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), SDG 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure), SDG 10 (Reduced Inequality), SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), SDG 13 (Climate Action), and SDG 15 (Life on Land), and SDG 17 (Partnerships to achieve the Goal).

Chair: Albert DeGarmo (USA – NOAA)

  • WMO : Igor Chernov Youth engagement through the WMO Hydro Hub
  • AquaWatch: Igor Ogashawara [email protected]
  • Colombia: – Oscar Daniel Beltrán Rodríguez – IDEAM (GEO contact in Colombia)
  • Stockholm Environment Institute + DRR WG + Water Youth Network: Cláudia Coleoni
  • Blue Planet: Blue Planet Early career oceanographers group
  • OpenStreetMap Uganda: Maria Gorret Nabuwemboli


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