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Tune in 1.30 PM UK time Friday 20 March HERE for a special live-streamed “aquaNOW Audience”, with the theme "Water and the Climate Crisis". The link will become live at 1.15 PM GMT. Video footage of the live event will subsequently be uploaded for viewing after the live broadcast, for those who can't tune in on Friday.
This aquaNOW Audience, timed to recognise World Water Day, is filmed in, and streamed from Scotland with, on this occasion, panelists participating by videolink. Glasgow, Scotland, will be host city to this year’s COP26 Climate Summit in November 2020.
aquaNOW Audiences are interactive panel discussions engaging international water experts and Scottish expertise in global water-related challenges and solutions. Background on previous aquaNOW Audiences can be found HERE.
Introducing our 20 March aquaNOW Audience panelists (updated):
Mats Eriksson is a water and climate expert, working as a Senior Manager at the transboundary water cooperation department at the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) with support to cooperation on shared water resources, often applying a focus on climate change, water hazards, disaster risk reduction, resilience and human security. He leads the work of the International Centre for Water Cooperation (ICWC) under the auspices of UNESCO, hosted by SIWI. Mats’ experience has been gained from 30+ countries on 7 continents, having previously worked as a researcher and lecturer at Stockholm University; as a research fellow at CSIRO Land and Water, Australia; as a donor representative at Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) financing transboundary water management dialogues and processes in Southern Africa; and as an implementer of regional and transboundary projects on climate, water and hazards in the Hindu Kush - Himalaya and downstream basins, based at an intergovernmental organisation.
James Curran, Chair of James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen has, for several years, undertaken numerical modelling of pollution dispersion and ecological impact in coastal waters and then hydrological modelling and flood warning. He helped create options for a new integrated Scottish environment protection agency, later becoming Director of Science & Strategy and Chief Executive, retiring in 2015. During a career break, he also founded and ran an eco retail and hospitality outlet. He is now chair of the James Hutton Institute, and Climate Ready Clyde, and serves on the board of the Green Purposes Company. Recently, he prepared a climate change plan for the Isle of Man government.
Kirsty Holstead is a Hydro Nation scholar and PhD candidate in the School of Management at the University of St Andrews and The James Hutton Institute (Aberdeen). Kirsty’s research explores the involvement of communities in drinking and wastewater services and flooding. Kirsty has worked on Scottish Government and EU research projects and contributed to journal articles, books and reports relating to environmental and water management, one of which led to a change of the wording of the Water Resource Management (Scotland) Act. The Hydro Nation scholars programme is part of the Scottish Government’s Hydro Nation strategy. The objective of the strategy is to develop the economic, environmental and social value of Scotland’s water resources.
John Matthews directs the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA), which is hosted by the World Bank and the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). His work integrates technical and policy knowledge for climate adaptation for practical implementation. John has worked on five continents and more than 20 countries and has authored many publications on adaptive management for water infrastructure and ecosystems. He is a Senior Water Fellow at Colorado State University. Previously, John directed the WWF’s global freshwater climate adaptation program and Conservation International’s freshwater climate change program. He has a PhD in ecology from the University of Texas.
Barry Greig joined the Scottish Government after working as a lawyer and commercial arbitrator in the City of London and has worked in a variety of policy roles including helping establish the Food Standards Agency, and drafting Scotland’s first Sustainable Development Strategy. He leads on "Scotland the Hydro Nation", an innovative policy which seeks to ensure Scotland manages its water environment responsibly and sustainably, maximising its value and contribution to society and the overarching economy and employing its knowledge and expertise effectively at home and internationally. The aquaNOW Audiences series supports Scotland as a “Hydro Nation” that husbands, manages and develops all of its water resources responsibly, and sustainably, regardless of how plentiful they are, consistent with the view that Scotland should act as a “Good Global Citizen”. Scotland's Hydro Nation Vision builds on recognition that water is of central importance to the economy of Scotland, both as a sector in its own right and as a critical resource in Scotland’s manufacturing, agriculture, food and drink, tourism and energy sectors. The aim of the Hydro Nation is to maximize the value of these resources in every sense, whether that be the contribution they make to the economy, or in how the quality of the country’s water environment contributes to citizens’ overall wellbeing and sense of national identity. This approach to water, and climate change is understood to be unique to Scotland.