6th Drought Seminar of the Jucar river basin
Short report of the seminar:
In the 1st session, a review of the current situation and recent experiences was made by Teodoro Estrela (Head of the Hydrological Planning Office of the CHJ), Enrique Lapuente (Manager of the Regional Wastewater Collection and Reclamation Entity (EPSAR)), Miguel Polo (Water Commissioner of the CHJ) and Javier Ferrer (Technical Director of the CHJ).
In the 2nd session, the stakeholders' perception of the latest episodes of meteorological drought and of the risks for the different sectors was addressed, as well as the analyses of actions carried out and possibilities for improvement. The following persons took the floor: Pedro Olivas (Irrigation association of the Mancha Oriental), Francesc La Roca (NGO - New Water Culture Foundation - Fundació Nova Cultura de l’Aigua), Antonio Llopis (Valencia City Council), Javier Macián (Aguas de Valencia –Water supply company - Hydroelectricity company), Ernesto Serra (Irrigation association of the Canal Júcar-Turia), Alberto Hervás (Irrigation association of the Acequia Real del Júcar) and José Navarro (Iberdrola Production).
In the 3rd session, the possibilities of improvements in the estimation of the future risk of drought through the incorporation of short and medium term weather forecasts and climate predictions were assessed. In this section the speakers were: Juan Carlos Cuevas (Agroseguros- agricultural insurances), Esteban Rodríguez (Spanish Meteorological Agency, AEMET), Abel Solera (GIRH-IIAMA-UPV) and Javier Paredes (GIRH-IIAMA-UPV).
Then, an interesting round table and interaction between sectors took place, where the main points of the sessions were discussed.
In summary, the novelties in the Drought Management Plan (PES, 2018) were reviewed, as well as in the administrative, legal and technical conditions for drought management. With all this, on the part of those involved, the current situation of the Júcar basin has been assessed with regard to drought indicators, as well as the possibilities for action, reaching the conclusion that there is still a lot of work to be done to improve the conditions for the implementation of measures such as reuse, drought wells, desalination, and agricultural insurance for droughts in irrigation areas. The researchers from AEMET and IIAMA-UPV have explained the current situation in terms of seasonal weather forecasts and climate predictions, and their incorporation into drought risk estimation methodologies and decision-making processes. They have reached the conclusion that methodologies that incorporate seasonal predictions are being developed, thus allowing better estimation of operational drought risks, but the skill of predictions must be improved in order to achieve an effective reduction of uncertainties in the results in a way that allows a more adjusted decision making.
Date: 25 March 2019
Venue: Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV)
Organisators: The Water Resources Engineering Group (GIRH) of the Water and Environment Engineering Institute (IIAMA) of the UPV.