On Thursday 23 May 2013, from 13:30-15:00, The Earth System Governance Project convened a special session entitled “Earth system governance – navigating water in the anthropocene” at the Water in the Anthropocene: Challenges for Science and Governance Conference.

The conference was organized by the Global Water System Project (GWSP) and its International Project Office based in Bonn, Germany. Supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). GWSP is a partner project of the Earth System Governance Project.

The focus of the conference was to address the global dimensions of water system changes due to anthropogenic as well as natural influences.

The conference provided a platform to present global and regional perspectives of world wide experiences on the responses of water management to global change in order to address issues such as variability in supply, increasing demands for water, environmental flows, and land use change. It helped to build links between science and policy and practice in the area of water resources management and governance, related institutional and technological innovations and identify in which ways research can assist policy and practice in the field of sustainable freshwater management.

Participants from all continents and dealing with various water-related problems were in attendance.

For a short report on the Earth System Governance special session, including key insights and crucial recommendations, click here.

For further information, see the website of the Global Water System Project – www.gwsp.org