Organized by Montpellier Events with the support of the Languedoc Roussillon Midi Pyrenees Regional Council, the French Water Hub, the SWELIA business network and Sud de France Development, the International Water Exhibition HydroGaïa will take place at Montpellier Exhibition Centre, Hall B2, Montpellier, France, on May 25 to 26, 2016.
Around the entire Mediterranean basin, water has always been and will continue to be a major factor in human settlement and territorial planning. However, ongoing climate change is impacting the natural water cycle. This phenomenon, coupled with global changes such as urban densification and economic growth, has direct effects on land planning and development in Mediterranean countries.
Drawing on its geographical location in Montpellier, a crossroads for Mediterranean populations and cultures, and on its expertise in the water industry, HydroGaïa has decided to focus the theme of its 2016 event on “Management of water resources in the context of global changes” with a focus on the Mediterranean basis, a laboratory for experiences and initiatives in the field, and the gateway to Africa, which will be one of the continents the most affected by these changes.
This edition is held on the international backdrop of the post-2015 Agenda and the Paris Agreement on the Climate, which both identified water as a strategic priority, water being notably the first target for adaptation.
Morocco, the host country of the COP22 meeting to be held in Nov. 2016 in Marrakech, will receive special attention during these talks and seminars.
At HydroGaïa , three key topics will be studied under the auspices of a comprehensive program of talks and workshops highlighting resource and risk management and innovative solutions in the Water and Energy field throughout the Mediterranean basin.
- Water resources and regional planning (May 25 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.)
- The Water-Energy nexus (May 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)
- Hydrological risk management (May 26 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
These two days will see industry stakeholders, French and international speakers, foreign delegations, public bodies, donors and innovative companies share their feedback in the area of risk management and recent progress made in resource management and interactions between water and energy around the Mediterranean Rim.