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2018

Microplastics in the Water Environment

August 18th – 22th, 2019 // Island of Koh Samui, Thailand

Background

Today plastic materials are present in nearly all spheres of modern life, starting from simple packaging, clothes containing synthetic fibers, containers, drinking bottles and tyres to various life-supporting medical equipment. Their manufacture, use and discharge have significantly increased the amount of plastic waste, including plastic marine litter in oceans which is detrimental to the ecosystems and human health. When improperly managed, plastics can make their way into the aquatic environment. Single use plastic makes up approximately 80-85%of the total number of marine litter items, measured through beach counts. Global Plastic Production is raising rapidly. By 2030 the world may produce 619 million tonnes of plastic every year. Marine litter and microplastics are having a great impact on global environment and human health. How to improve reuse and recycling, minimize plastic waste and promote plastic alternatives, have received much attention recently for the purpose of controlling plastic litter in the freshwater and marine ecosystems.

Topics

The main topics will be:

  • Life Cycle Assessment of Plastics
  • Distribution, Sources and Abundance of Microplastics
  • Monitoring of Microplastics
  • Regulation and Management of Plastic Waste and Microplastics
  • Political and Environmental Dimension for Prevention of MPs Pollution
  • Ecological and Social Impacts/Risks of Microplastics
  • Microplastics (e.g. microbeads) in Manufactured Products and Emissions to the Environment
  • Knowledge Gaps and Research Priorities about Microplastics
  • Removal Technologies for MPs from Aqueous Environment with special focus on Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants
  • Analytical Methods for MPs Analysis and Standardization

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2018

Training Workshop on “Water Security Assessment

March 26th – 30th, 2018 // AIT Bangkok, Thailand

Background

Strategic decision-making related to enhancing water security has always been immensely challenging. One of the reasons for this is lack of quantitative information and contextual knowledge to inform decision making. ‘We cannot plan what we do not measure!’ is a remark that is very commonly associated with water security. Measuring water security is, therefore, central to any water security plans made at national or sub-national level. This workshop seeks to address this very important aspect of water security – water security assessment.

Objectives

The objectives of this training workshop are:

  1. To provide the participants with state-of-the-art knowledge of water security and its related implications;
  2. To train the participants to perform a water security assessment at different scales; and
  3. To identify and deliberate upon the research needs in “water security”

Expected Outcomes

At the end of the workshop, participants will

  1. Have an improved understanding of water security—theory, practice, and policy— and its implications for sustainable development.
  2. Have sound knowledge of the theory behind water security assessment methods, and the activities required to perform the assessment.
  3. Be capable of conducting a real-life water security assessment at a particular scale.
  4. Have identified potential areas/topics for research in water security

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2017

Expert Workshop on “Climate Change Impacts on Ecosystem in River Delta of South East Asia

October 22th – 26th, 2017 // Bali, Indonesia

The Extractive industries (Oil‐Gas and Mining) has big impact on environment. The significant impact of a mining project is its effects on water and land quality within and surrounding project area. If uncontrolled, the wastes from the mining industries will have long‐term divesting impacts on water, soil, air, above and underground species and environment in general.

Therefore, waste management and waste treatment is one of the most important measures during exploration, development, active mining, oil/coal production and ore extraction, refinery and beneficiation, tailing or waste disposal, site reclamation and mining closure. Professors, experts, policy makers and practitioners from different countries will discuss and present the most advanced research and practices in waste management for mining industries including oil and gas, coal, metal mining and related industries in most beautiful place in the world.

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2016

Water Security and Climate Change: Challenges and Opportunities in Asia

November 29th – December 01st, 2016 // AIT Bangkok

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2015

Expert Workshop on “Climate Change Impacts on Ecosystem in River Delta of South East Asia

September 20th – 24th, 2015 // Hanoi, Vietnam

In Southeast Asia, water resources are under strain from rapid urbanization and industrialization. The situation is made worse by water-related disasters, climate change and poor governance. Countries are experiencing the urban scenario of water stress. Traditional systems to share water are increasingly unable to cope with growing demands and competition between users.

The main objectives of the workshop are: to share the experience, knowledge, research between the different partners, to discuss main problems and challenges in the field of water management in Southeast Asia, including various hydrological and meteorological aspects, and to build up networks between scientists sharing the same challenges and research problems.

The workshop is addressed to researchers, professors, PhD students, post-doc, and experts from Engineering, Natural, and Social Science Departments interested in Sustainable Water Management in the context of climate change and rapid socio-economic development.

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