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The International Sediment Initiative (ISI) is a new global initiative to assess erosion and sediment transport to marine as well as their social, economic and environmental impacts, lake or reservoir environments. It is aimed at the creation of a holistic approach for the remediation and conservation of surface waters, closely linking science with policy and management needs. The International Hydrological Programme Intergovernmental Council, at its 15th session (Paris, June 2002), adopted Resolution XV-8 specifically to deal with these issues. Resolution XV-8 emphasized the development of the decision support framework for sediment management, in order to provide guidance on legislative and institutional solutions, applicable to different socio-economic and geomorphic settings. One of the recommendations of the resolution was the establishment of an international Steering Committee to develop the ISI strategy along with the participation of UNESCO officials. This Steering Committee, formerly known as ISI Task Force Group, was approved and endorsed at the IHPˇs 16th Session of the Intergovernmental Council.

The ISIˇs governing structure was reorganized in 2014 in order to ensure the continued efficient coordination of the initiative. The ISI Steering Committee was discontinued. In its place two bodies, Advisory Group and Expert Group, has been established since 2014.

ISI meetings and workshops:

l  The 3rd ISI Steering Committee Meeting, Vienna, 28-30 April 2005 

l  The fourth Steering Committee Meeting, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, 11 November 2005

l  ISI Workshop was held at Sheraton Hotel, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, 9-10 November 2005

l  UNESCO IHP ISI Workshop on Sediment Management in South and Southeast Asia, Bangkok, April 2006

l  ISI SC Core Member Meeting, Beijing, China, May 26, 2006 

l  The International Sediment Initiative Conference, Sudan, November 12-15, 2006

l  The 5th ISI Steering Committee Meeting, Khartoum, Sudan, November 11, 2006

l  ISI Ad Hoc meeting, Bern, Switzerland, April 29, 2008

l  International Workshop - Erosion, Transport and Deposition of Sediments, Berne, Switzerland, April 28-30, 2008

l  The 6th International Sediment Initiative Steering Committee Meeting and Workshop, Beijing, China, November 5-7, 2008

l  Core Member Meeting of the UNESCO-ISI Steering Committee, Switzerland, March 5, 2010

l  ISI Steering Committee Core Member Meeting, Vienna, April 15, 2011

l  Meeting of ISI steering committee members, Kyoto, Japan, September 3, 2013

l  ISI Steering Committee Core Group Meeting, Beijing, August 5 - 6, 2014

l  ISI Advisory committee meeting, Stuttgart, Germany, 18 September 2016

ISI Sponsored and Co-sponsored conferences and workshops:

Workshop on Ecological, Sociological and Economic Implications on Sediment Management,

Berne, Switzerland, January 2001

Workshop on Debris Flow Monitoring,

Berne, Switzerland, November 2001

Symposium on Ecological, Sociological and Economic Implications on Sediment Management in Reservoirs,

Paestum, Italy, April 2002

International training course on river sedimentation and flood control,

Beijing, China, September 2003

International training course on sedimentation engineering,

Pyongyang, DPRK, October 2003

International Conference on Estuaries and Coasts,

Hangzhou, China, November 2003

Symposium “From Watershed Slopes to Coastal Areas: Sedimentation Processes at Different Scales”,

Venice, Italy, December 2003

9th International Symposium on River Sedimentation,

Yichang, China, October 2004

International training course on landslides and debris flows,

Pyongyang, DPRK, November 2004

Workshop on Erosion and Transport of Sediments,

Buenos Aires and La Plata, Argentina, March 2005

International training workshop on watershed eco environment and water resources management,

Beijing, China, September 2005

Workshop on Sediment Budgets,

Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, November 2005

National Workshop on Advanced Sediment Measurement Techniques,

Zhengzhou, China, December 2005

Workshop on Sediment Management in South and South-East Asia,

AIT, Bangkok, Thailand, April 2006

Training course on flood forecasting and preparedness,

Pyongyang, DPRK, June 2006

ISI Conference,

Khartoum, Sudan, November 2006

Second International Conference on Estuaries and Coasts,

Guangzhou, China, November 2006

Courso on Monitereo y gestion  de los sedimentos,

Jiutepec, Morelos, Mexico, March 2007

Workshop on Sediment Management,

La Plata, Argentina, August 2007

10th International Symposium on River Sedimentation,

Moscow, Russia, August 2007

Symposium on Erosion and Torrent Control as a Factor in Sustainable River Basin Management,

Belgrade, Serbia, September 2007

Advanced training workshop on reservoir sedimentation management,

Beijing, China, October 2007

Curso Sedimentacao para gestores, decisores, tecnicos e communicadores,

Brasilia, Brasil, October 2007

Workshop on Erosion, Transport and Deposition of Sediments

Berne, Switzerland, April 2008

Workshop on Sedimentation Processes in Latin America and the Caribbean,

Panama City, Panama, August 2008

ISI presentation during the IHP workshop on “Adapting to the Impacts of Global Changes on River Basins and Aquifer Systems”

 UNESCO, Paris, September 2008

ISI workshop “The impacts of global change on erosion and sediment dynamics: current progress and future challenges”

Beiing, China,November 2008

International Conference on Land Conservation-Landcon 0905 “Global Change Challenges for Soil Management”

Tara mountain, Serbia, May 2009

Seminar on Integrated River Basin Management under Global Climate Change

Beijing, China, July 2009

International advanced training workshop on integrated river basin management

Beijing, China, July 2009

International Workshop on Sediment Problems and Sediment Management in Asian River Basins, Organised jointly by IAHS/ICCE, ISI and WASER and held as part of the IAHS/IAH Scientific Assembly in Hyderabad, India, September 2009

3rd International Conference on Estuaries and Coasts

Sendai, Japan, September 2009

Courso “Produccion de sedimentos; cuantification y correccion de los procesos”

Santiago de Chile, Chile, November 2009

11th International Symposium on River Sedimentation

Stellenbosch, South Africa, September 2010

International Conference on the Status and Future of the World`s Large Rivers, Special ISI seminar,

Vienna, Austria, April 2011

IHP Symposium on Extreme Events “Meteorological, Hydrological and Tsunami Disasters: Social Adaptation and Future”, Special ISI Event

Kyoto, Japan, October 2011

ISI International Advanced Training Workshop on Water and Soil Conservation

Beijing, China, Sep. 12-20, 2011

4th International Conference on Estuaries and Coasts

Vietnam, Oct.8-11, 2012

Practical training course on sustainable sediment management with the Sava River Basin as a showcase

Croatia, 15 – 18 Oct. 2012

Workshop on the International Sediment Advancements (WISA)

Japan, Sep. 3, 2013

12th International Symposium on River Sedimentation

Kyoto, Japan, Sep. 2-5, 2013

International Conference on the Status and Future of World’s Large Rivers

Brazil, 21-25 July 2014

First International Conference on All Material Fluxes in River Eco-Systems

China, January 15 - 18, 2015

International Conference on African Large River Basins Hydrology

Tunisia, Oct., 26-30th, 2015

5th International Conference on Estuaries and Coasts

Oman, Nov. 2-4, 2015

13th International Symposium on River Sedimentation

Stuttgart, Germany, Sep. 19-22, 2016

G-WADI Global Conference 2016

Beijing China, Oct. 25-27, 2016

International Conference on the Status and Future of the World's Large Rivers

New Delhi, India, April 18-21, 2017

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