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Integrated Water Resources and Coastal Symposium 2020 (IWRCS2020)


Welcome to the inaugural Integrated Water Resources and Coastal Symposium to be held from Wednesday March 18 to Friday March 20, 2020 in Trinidad and Tobago. The symposium will be hosted by the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (GORTT): the Coastal Protection Unit (CPU) of the Ministry of Works and Transport (MOWT) and the Water Resources Agency (WRA) of the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA).


The IWRCS will gather professionals, government officials, decision-makers, policy-creators, planners, lecturers, researchers, scientists, students, and non-governmental and community members from across the Caribbean to share knowledge, lessons learned, and technological advancements and methodologies within the fields of coastal zone and water resources management in the region. The symposium strives to stimulate scientific discussions in the region and to nurture a robust, collaborative environment for establishing progressive and appropriate recommendations in the respective fields. In so doing, it is anticipated that the IWRCS will serve as a catalyst for formulating developmental plans, updating policies, and crafting public investment projects and initiatives in Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean.


Join the Caribbean’s coastal, water and environmental management specialists at IWRCS2020 as they address coastal threats,  drought and flood management, protection of the near-shore marine environment, water resources management, water security and climate change impacts. Register for IWRCS2020 to:


  • Learn by gaining insights and training from established and successful coastal and water management professionals, academics, organisations and agencies within the region.
  • Build and strengthen networks by connecting with professionals, academics, organisations and agencies in order to enhance data-sharing and decision making in the sectors regionally.
  • Discover scientific data, information and research that may be utilised for further research, development and decision making in the fields regionally.
  • Develop mechanisms for building capacity in the sectors of coastal zone and water resources management in the region.
  • Enhance knowledge and skills in securing and sourcing financing for coastal zone and water resources management developmental and research-based projects and initiatives.
  • Gain awarness and a deeper understanding of the issues surrounding coastal erosion, coastal flooding, and climate change, and the need for/benefits of coastal zone and water resources management.


*Refer to the IWRCS2020 registration information below to become an IWRCS2020 Delgate.



IWRCS2020 Special Focus - Island Life: Water from Ridge to Reef


Amid a changing climate, population growth, rapid development, and pervasive urbanisation, an unprecedented threat to our region’s coastal resources and freshwater supplies is more apparent than ever before. The diverse small island developing states (SIDS) of the Caribbean all face similar challenges in addressing the risks of climate change. These risks include variability in seasonal rainfall distribution coupled with more intense rainfall events; the prevalence of droughts; the unpredictability of hurricanes and changes in their intensity; increasing average temperatures; and sea level rise resulting in coastal inundation and coastal erosion.


Coastal erosion and coastal flooding severely undermine residential and commercial properties, beaches, and coastal infrastructure such as roads, bridges and jetties. Communities face the harsh reality of being isolated and having their livelihoods and quality of life compromised. Damage to coastal infrastructure results in increased expenditure and significant financial losses due to shoreline rehabilitation, and loss of income; while destruction of recreational areas and habitats puts ecosystem services at risk.


The uncertain and changing global climate also threatens the region’s vital watershed environments and freshwater resources. Watershed environments recharge groundwater reducing water shortages during dry spells; protect river banks and coastlines from erosion; and reduce downstream flooding by retaining water and releasing it during drier periods.


Despite the allure of island life the Caribbean, there are many challenges from ridge to reef that require intervention. There are natural synergies between the fields of coastal zone and water resources management since watersheds and coastal zones are intrinsically linked via the hydrologic connections between upstream and downstream areas, including surface and groundwater interactions. As technological advancements and sustainable methods become available, there are increasing opportunities for coastal zone and water resources management to be exploited and shared so as to allow for more data-driven and science-based decisions to be made.


IWRCS2020 will focus on nurturing economically and environmentally sustainable solutions to the issues faced in coastal zone and water resources management throughout the region.


IWRCS2020 Themes


IWRCS2020 will offer knowledge transfer taking place over three days and consisting of keynote addresses, thought-provoking technical presentations, educational/interactive workshops and innovative exhibitions showcasing technological advancements, management instruments and case studies addressing the following themes:


  1. The Role of the Enabling Environment and Governance in Effective Coastal and Water Management
  2. Climate Change, Adaptation and Society
  3. Integrated Coastal Zone and Watershed Management
  4. What Does It Mean to be a Water Secure Nation?
  5. Data, Information and Decision Support for Coastal Zone and Water Resources Monitoring and Management
  6. Integrating Nature-Based Solutions in Coastal Engineering for a Sustainable Future



IWRCS2020 Call for Papers


IWRCS2020 welcomes the submission of abstracts for paper presentations addressing one of the aforementioned themes or other topics associated with water resources and coastal zone management in the region. Before making a submission, please read all of the information and guidelines provided in the IWRCS2020 Call for Papers Submission Guide.


DOWNLOAD IWRCS2020 Call for Papers Submission Guide


To Become an IWRCS2020 Presenter


1. Submit an Abstract

If you would like to present at IWRCS2020, submit an abstract on or before Friday November 22, 2019 to be peer reviewed by the IWRCS2020 Academic Papers Review Committee (APRC). To complete the submission process, you will need: paper title, presentation theme/topic, abstract, keywords, knowledge focus and biographical information with a photo. Submissions must be made in English by digitally completing the IWRCS2020 Abstract Submission Form using Adobe Acrobat and emailing to


DOWNLOAD IWRCS2020 Abstract Submission Form


SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT on or before Friday November 22, 2019 to


2. Get Accepted

After the IWRCS2020 APRC has received your abstract, it moves to the evaluation step. All abstracts will be peer reviewed by at least three (3) APRC members. Results of the abstract review will be sent to you on or before Monday January 6, 2020. Refer to the IWRCS2020 deadlines below.


For further information, send email to



IWRCS2020 Important Dates


Submissions are welcomed as per the schedule below:


  • Call for abstract submissions open – Wednesday October 2, 2019
  • Abstract submissions close – Friday November 22, 2019
  • Notification of acceptance/decline of abstracts – Monday January 6, 2020
  • Presentation submissions deadline – Monday March 16, 2020



IWRCS2020 Registration


  • Registration to attend the IWRCS2020 must be executed via the IWRCS2020 Eventbrite page at Click on the registration button above.
  • Registration to attend is FREE.
  • Registration to attend is conditional on the approval of the IWRCS2020 Secretariat.
  • There are two (2) types of registrations: Delegate or Student (full-time enrolment at a primary, secondary or tertiary-level institution).
  • One delegate/student can attend per registration.
  • To attend all three (3) days of the symposium, you must register for each day separately.
  • Registrations will be acknowledged electronically within 72 hours of receipt.
  • Registration includes:

* Attendance at symposium sessions and presentations for the day(s) of registration including plenary addresses, concurrent sessions, workshops and exhibitions.

* Lunch and coffee/tea breaks on the day(s) you choose to attend the symposium.

* Delegate's Pack.



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Do you have questions about Integrated Water Resources and Coastal Symposium 2020 (IWRCS2020)? Contact Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago: Coastal Protection Unit (CPU) of MOWT & Water Resources Agency (WRA) of WASA

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Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago: Coastal Protection Unit (CPU) of MOWT & Water Resources Agency (WRA) of WASA

Coastal Protection Unit (CPU)

The CPU falls under the purview of the Ministry of Works and Transport (MOWT). The CPU was established in 2014 with a mission to deliver sustainable coastal management strategies to protect Trinidad’s vulnerable coastal communities and built and natural coastal environment from increasing risks due to coastal erosion and coastal ­flooding.

Water Resources Agency (WRA)

Established in 1976, the WRA is a division of the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA). Its mission is to effectively manage the country's water resources and to promote conservation, development and protection of these resources for sustainable use in a cost-effective and integrated manner that supports socio-economic growth. Its principal function is to manage water resources using the Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) approach.

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