The 6th IASTED African Conference on
Environment and Water Resource Management
~AfricaEWRM 2016~

September 5 – 7, 2016
Gaborone, Botswana

SPECIAL SESSION

Innovations towards effective integrated management of emerging water contaminants.

Dr. Pulane Koosaletse-Mswela
University of Botswana, Botswana
[email protected]

Abstract

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Water is a scarce resource with several challenges that need to be effectively managed to guarantee sustainability of good quality. Pollution of water resources is a major challenge that is exacerbated by several stressors including population growth, land use change, climate change as well as advances in agricultural practices and healthcare. Society is currently faced with contaminants of emerging concern that are being found in different environmental media including water resources. These contaminants include but are not limited to pathogens, pharmaceutical, endocrine active chemicals and industrial chemicals.
To guarantee sustainable development and increased food security of nations, there is need to come up with innovations to effectively manage these contaminants of emerging concern. These innovations cover wide spectra of disciplines and include innovations to identify these contaminants, innovations to effectively monitor the presence of these contaminants as well as innovations to ensure remediation of water resources polluted by these contaminants. To ultimately protect public health it is necessary that these innovations are appropriate, effective and affordable.
The goal of this session is to bring together water quality practitioners and researchers from different disciplines to interact and ultimately come up with integrated innovations to guarantee the best water quality, globally. The different disciplines that are expected to contribute to this special session include but are not limited to: environmental scientists, microbiologists, biotechnologists, water engineers, hydrogeologists, analytical chemists, computer scientists, environmental health practitioners, material scientists and Nano scientists. Since many emerging issues in water quality management are due to social drivers, social scientists, economists, Policy makers as well as financial experts are an integral component for the integrated sustainable management of emerging water contaminants.

Important Deadlines

Submissions dueJune 15, 2016
Notification of acceptance startingJune 27, 2016
Final manuscripts dueAugust 10, 2016
Registration deadlineAugust 10, 2016

Papers will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. Authors who submit early will receive their feedback and notification early.