Advancing Sustainability of U.S.-Mexico Transboundary Drylands:
A Binational Workshop
May 2-4, 2018
Instituto Potosino de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica Auditorium
San Luis Potosí, México
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Field Observation in Charcas, in San Luis Potosí State
Thursday, May 3, 2018
Welcome and Introductions
Alejandro Ricardo Femat Flores, Director, Institute for Scientific and Technological Research (IPICYT)
Vaughan Turekian, Senior Director, Office of Science and Technology for Sustainability, and Executive Director, Policy and Global Affairs, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
José Luis Morán Lopez, President, Academia Mexicana de Ciencias
Christopher Scott (Steering Committee Chair), University of Arizona
Purpose of the Workshop
Motivation for the Workshop
Christopher Scott (Steering Committee Chair)
José Franco, Foro Consultivo Científico y Tecnológico
Brief synopses of the May 2016 U.S. National Academies Binational Workshop on Building Resilience of the U.S.-Mexico Drylands Region, the November 2017 planning meeting in Mexico City for this sustainability workshop, and other project activities leading up to this binational workshop.
Why Is Sustainability Science Important? Value of the Workshop
Ana Escalante Hernández, Directora, UNAM
Discussion on sustainability science and the relevant work being conducted.
Unpacking the Term “Transboundary Region”
María Amparo Martínez Arroyo (Steering Committee Member), Instituto Nacional de Ecología y Cambio Climático
Robert Washington-Allen (Steering Committee Member), University of Nevada, Reno
What is meant by the term, what areas, ecosystems and populations are included in the definition, and why is it important to consider the region as a whole?
What We Know about Sustainability in the Region
Key Sustainability Challenges and Vulnerabilities
Christopher Scott (Steering Committee Chair)
Addressing U.S. and Mexico water management (binational allocation and policy challenges, irrigation, surface and groundwater, desalination).
Angelina Martínez Yrizar, UNAM
Identifying binational and regional research approaches that are already in place.
Main Areas of Focus | Overview of Workshop Structure
Hallie Eakin (Steering Committee Member), Arizona State University
Elisabeth Huber-Sannwald (Steering Committee Member), IPICYT
Dryland areas in the transboundary region share several unique characteristics. The movement of water, people, species, goods and services across the border and throughout the region creates interactions that can have positive and negative sustainability implications. The drylands are affected by the paradox of experiencing both an abundance of cultural and ecological richness and an acute scarcity of other precious natural resources. Likewise, they face high environmental variability and extremes that co-occur with abrupt policy changes and market volatility. The challenges and opportunities for sustainable solutions throughout the region will require coordination and collaboration at a variety of levels—local, national, binational, and beyond.
Main Areas of Focus
Overview of Knowledge Café Breakout Sessions
We will spend the afternoon diving deeper into each of the above four main focus areas. The group will split into working groups, covering two of the focus areas concurrently during the first time block and two more
during the second. Each working group will consist of at least two members of the planning committee and one facilitator and one rapporteur. The working groups will be conducted “Knowledge Café” style, meaning that the majority of the session will be spent in collaborative discussion between all participants. The goal is to collect substantive input on each topic that will potentially inform future sustainability efforts in these areas.
All Participants Proceed to Knowledge Café Session 1 or 2
Knowledge Café Session 3 or 4
|6:00 p.m.||Adjourn Day 1|
|Friday, May 4, 2018|
Synthesis of Knowledge Cafés: Recap and Future Priorities
Discussion of the major themes from Thursday’s breakout groups and consider topics and priorities for future research. Facilitators from Knowledge Cafés will moderate these discussions.
|9:00 a.m.||Interaction and Flows|
|9:45 a.m.||Scarcity and Abundance|
|11:00 a.m.||Shocks and Stressors|
|11:45 a.m.||Governance and Innovation|
Innovations and Solutions in Sustainability Science for Drylands Areas
Constantino Macías Garcia (Steering Committee Member), UNAM, Moderator Presenters:
Discussion on new approaches to sustainability that could benefit (or are already being implemented in) the drylands region.
|4:00 p.m.||Meeting Wrap-Up and Next Steps|
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