This is a unique opportunity to visit the Jucar River Basin close to Valencia, Spain, and to see the Turia Water Tribunal in action.
Prof Joaquin Andreu, Insititute Water Engineering Valencia has kindly agreed to help us organise this visit. Some of you may recall he made an excellent presentation at our Annual UKIA Conference in March on the challenges of drought in the Jucar valley.
The Jucar River Basin has a Mediteranean climate. Some 80% of the water demand is for irrigation but demand from towns and industry is increasing, there is a lake and wetlands which rely on return flows from irrigation, and the increasing severity of droughts, with dry periods lasting up to 10 years, are all causing serious concerns for water managers. Groundwater continues to be vitally important in providing robustness against droughts.
We will visit the Jucar Basin, hear how they plan and manage water resources, and see major water infrastructure, including dams and irrigation systems. We will also see how both traditional and modern irrigation practices for citrus, rice, and vegetables have shaped irrigated farming across the region and we will meet with local farmers and water abstractor groups. . We are also arranging an evening boat trip on Lake Albufera which lies in the estuary of the Jucar basin.
We will also visit the Turia Water Tribunal which meets every Thursday at mid day - one of the oldest legal courts in the world which deals with irrigation disagreements and illegal abstractions from the Turia River.
Our provisional intinerary:
Tues 18 Oct depart Gatwick 13.15 flight EZY5225 Evening in Valencia
Wed 19 Oct Visit to Jucar River Basin including boat trip on Albufera Lake
Thurs 20 Oct Visit to Jucar Basin HQ and Turia River Water Tribunal
Fri 21 Oct Morning in Valencia. Depart Valencia 13.00 flight EZY5222
Members and non-members welcome
Our budget estimate is £450 per person for members (£500 for non-members who will receive complementary UKIA membership). The price includes hotels, all meals incl breakfasts, lunches, and dinner, all host costs, and transport in and around Valencia. We will have a firm price when we know how many are traveling.
Register here and pay a deposit of £50 per person
Your air ticket is NOT included. You will need to book this direct with Easyjet.
Airfare on 18 September was £60 return so book early!
Our visits have proved popular in the past so please book early to avoid disappointment.