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APPENDIX A WORKSHOP AGENDA SCIENCE-BASED DECISION MAKING FOR SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT OF GROUNDWATER Joint Workshop of the Mexican Academy of Sciences and the U.S. National Academies February 8-10, 2004 Merida, Mexico Workshop Objectives: The workshop objectives would be four in number. 1. To provide workshop participants with a broad overview of Mexico’s water situation with special focus on groundwater; to review groundwater management principles, to understand the role of science in groundwater management, and to understand the science needs of groundwater managers. 2. To understand the specific groundwater management problems of the Yucatan and to facilitate extensive interaction between scientists and Yucatan water managers about the possible role of science in policy formulation and operational decisions to solve those water problems. 3. To discuss and come to agreement within the context of the Yucatan aquifer specifically and the groundwater of Mexico generally what constitutes good scientific advice and where such advice could be obtained. 4. To make recommendations on what groundwater decision makers in Mexico need from the science community and recommend next steps in making such science available and in ensuring its use on a continuing basis. February 8 0700 Field trip to view water management and land use practices in the NW Yucatan 1800 Return to Hotel February 9 SESSION 1: OVERVIEW AND PRINCIPLES 0900 Keynote Address: An Overview of Mexico’s Water Regime and the Role of Groundwater. Dr. Felipe Arreguin, Sub-Director, CNA (Comision Nacional del Agua) 0945 Questions and Discussion 107
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1000 Principles of Groundwater Management. Dr. Michael Campana, University of New Mexico 1045 Questions and Discussion 1100 The Role of Science in Groundwater Management in the U.S. Ms Rita Maguire, Former State Engineer, Arizona Department of Water Resources 1145 Questions and Discussion 1200 What Does the Groundwater Manager Need from Science? Mr. Oscar Escolero, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (formerly Comisión Nacional del Agua) 1245 Questions and Discussion 1300 Lunch SESSION 2: SCIENCE AND GROUNDWATER MANAGEMENT: THE CASE OF THE YUCATAN AQUIFER 1430 The Role of Science in Managing Yucatan’s Groundwater. Dr. Luis Marin, UNAM 1515 Questions and Discussion 1530 Break 1600 Panel Discussion: Local Management Perspectives on Yucatan’s Groundwaters Mr. Oscar Escolero Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico Formerly Comisión Nacional del Agua Ms. Ana Lilia Cordova XCaret Dr. Julia Pacheco State University of Yucatan Dr. William Alley USGS 1700 General Discussion: How Can Scientific Input Contribute to the Sustainable Management of Yucatan’s Aquifer? 1800 Adjourn 2000 Dinner Speaker: Mr. Samuel Meacham Exploring the Caves of Quintana Roo. 108
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February 10 SESSION 3: HOW CAN SCIENCE BE HELPFUL? 0900 Where Do Decision Makers Get Scientific Advice? Dr. Steve Ragone, National Groundwater Association. 0930 Reaction Panel: How Can Managers and Scientists Facilitate the Flow of Scientific Information? Sr. Carlos Lazcano Director, Amigos de Sian K’an A.C. Dr. Alfonso Larque Programs Director, CICY (Center for Scientific Investigation-Yucatan) Mr. William Mills General Manager (Retired) Orange County Water District 10 30 General Discussion: Facilitating the Flow of Scientific Information 1100 Break 1130 What Are the Elements of Good Scientific Advice? Dr. Henry Vaux, Jr. University of California 1200 CONACYT’s Matching Funds Program, Dr. Oscar Vazquez, CONACYT, Yucatán 1300 Lunch SESSION 4: BEGINNING THE PROCESS: NEXT STEPS 1430 Discussion Groups (2): How can the flow of scientific information be improved? 1530 Reports of Discussion Groups 1600 Break 1615 Discussion Groups (2): Next Steps 1715 Reports of Discussion Groups 1745 Concluding Comments 1800 Adjourn 109
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