The International Conference on Water and Flood Management is being organized by the Institute of Water and Flood Management (IWFM) of BUET biennially since 2007. The conference aims at bringing together the advanced science and practice in water and flood management that play a key role in economic growth, social development and environmental protection. Each time the conference attempts to draw attention of the academicians, researchers, policy makers and practitioners from home and abroad to the emerging issues in the water sector. The focus of this conference will be on sustainable use of water and water sector interventions that will increase the resilience in a changing world facing extreme climatic events. ’
In recent times, the ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ of the United Nations and ‘Climate Agreement’ initiated at COP21 are two important developments in the international arena that address the current trends and future directions in science and practice in water and environment sectors. Sustainable develop- ment goals address the dimensions of sustainable development of environ- ment, economics and society while climate agreement aims at dealing with future climate change through adaptation and mitigation. These interventions encourage sustainable use and management of water resource. Increasing water scarcity, urban population growth and deteriorating infrastructure are affecting water security around the world, particularly the climate vulnerable countries like Bangladesh.
With this special focus on science, policy and practice to ensure sustainability in the water sector, this conference will work as a platform for researchers, policy makers and practitioners to exchange their knowledge and experience. The deliberations are expected to help formulate integrated plans, policies and actions towards improved water security and sustainability. The conference seeks to bring forward research findings, case studies, recent advances in planning and design methodologies, success stories and examples of sustain- able water use and management. It is expected that the young researchers will be particularly benefitted from this conference as their interdisciplinary under- standing of the use of water resource in a sustainable way enhances.
The conference will be held during 4-6 March, 2017 in Dhaka, Bangladesh at a local hotel/ convention center.
The official language of the Conference is English.
Abstracts (300-400 words) on the conference themes are being invited from interested authors. Abstracts should be sent to the Conference Secretariat by 15 July 2016 via e-mail in an MS Word file. An individual can be the lead author of a maximum of two papers. An abstract should indicate the theme selected, title of the paper, name(s) of the author(s) along with their affiliations and e-mail addresses, the presenting author, and 5 key words. Notification of acceptance of abstracts and instructions for submission of full papers will be sent by 15 August 2016. . Accepted full papers, if registered, will be published in the conference proceedings to be distributed during the event. Selected papers presented at the conference will be invited to submit a revised version for publication in an edited book.
Authors and individuals interested in attending the conference are requested to send the completed 'Intent of Participation' form to the Conference Secretariat by 15 October 2016.
Outstanding papers and posters solely authored by students will be awarded at the conference. Students interested in participating in the competition should indicate their willingness in the 'Intent of Participation' form and send a letter from the head of their department/institution confirming their current studentship. Students should also send abstracts of their papers/posters following the guidelines given under ‘Abstract Submission and Publication’.
Proposals are being invited for panel sessions focusing on broader conference objectives and cross-cutting themes. Proposals should be sent in the ‘Panel Proposal’ form by 15 July 2016 to the Conference Secretariat.
A field visit will be arranged on the third day of the conference for selected registered participants. Participants will visit a large scale flood control and irrigation project and a town protection project located on the Lower Meghna, the combined outfall of the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna. The river cruise to the project site will cross the world's largest river confluence.
A number of paper presenters from developing countries (particularly the SAARC countries) will be awarded full or partial grants to attend the conference. The partial grant will cover registration fee, accommodation, basic living and local transport during the conference. Full grant will additionally cover international airfare. Interested presenting authors are requested to apply for financial support through submitting the ‘Intent of Participation’ form by 15 October 2016.
Bangladeshi citizens having full-time affiliations (as students/employees) abroad will not qualify as local participants.
Registration fees will cover registration materials, inaugural ceremony, tea/coffee and lunch during conference, conference proceedings, technical visit and closing dinner. The registration fees will not cover individual, medical or personal insurance. Registration details, hotel information, visa requirements, etc., will be available on the conference website soon.
For participants from abroad
All payments should be made in favor of: ICWFM-IWFM, Current Account No. 33011231, Sonali Bank, BUET Branch, Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh (Swift Code: BSON BDDH LOD).
For local participants:
Local participants can make payment by Demand Draft or in cash. Demand drafts should be sent to the Conference Secretariat. Cash payments should be made in person at the Conference Secretariat. All payments should be made in favor of: ICWFM-IWFM, Current Account No. 33011231, Sonali Bank, BUET Branch, Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh.
Assistant Organizing Secretary
Prof. M. Anisul Haque, IWFM, BUET
Director General, Bangladesh Water Development Board
Prof. Neil Adger, University of Exeter, UK
The mean temperature in Dhaka during March is in the comfortable twenties with bright sunny days. Some important and interesting information about Dhaka and this country can be found on the conference website.
All forms and updated information on the conference will be posted on the conference website: http://iwfm.buet.ac.bd/iwfm/icwfm2017.php. Please contact the Conference Secretariat for all other correspondence and information.