7–10 May 2024
Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture Headquarters
America/Costa_Rica timezone

The conference series on the use of space technology for water management started in 2008 and is part of the UNOOSA Space for Water Project in cooperation with the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water. The conference aims to increase the number of developing countries that have developed the capacity to use space science and technology, as well as related applications, for water management and water-related scientific research. With a scientific and technical focus, the conferences of this series involve experts from all world regions but focus on regional needs and challenges. Speakers consist of experts who will present how concrete technical actions have improved water management in their area of expertise, and experts who will debate in panel discussions about either technical or policy topics. Besides the main event, practical hands-on experience opportunities, like demonstration sessions or workshops, have taken place to complement the more theoretical and scientific presentations and panel discussions.

In 2024, UNOOSA, Costa Rica and the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water (PSIPW) will jointly organize the sixth conference on the use of space technology for water management with the support of and hosted by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA).

To feed growing a population while maintaining access to clean drinking water and sanitation, and ensuring the water needs of healthy ecosystems, humanity needs to change the way water is used in food production. Agriculture uses 70% of freshwater resources worldwide, and the World Bank estimates that we will also need a 70% higher output from agricultural production by 2050 to nourish an increasing population.


The objectives of the conference are:

  • To raise awareness on and expand the use of space technologies and space-based data for better application in hydrology, water resource management, ecosystem preservation and within the context of the Water-Food Nexus;
  • To further the active exchange of knowledge between government authorities, technical experts and academia, the private sector and civil society via technical presentations, panel discussions and networking opportunities;
  • To demonstrate how projects using space applications have successfully informed decision-making and policy;
  • To demonstrate space-related activities, services and cooperation programmes among different user groups, in particular government officials, the diplomatic community, UN and international agencies as well as NGOs;
  • To build capacity on topics relevant to Latin America and the Caribbean; and
  • To exchange on and co-develop solutions for pressing water challenges
  • To report to the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space through the Scientific and Technical Sub-committee.

For more details and updates on the event please access: https://www.unoosa.org/oosa/en/ourwork/psa/schedule/2024/UN-CostaRica-PSIPW-water.html

Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture Headquarters, San Jose, Costa Rica
Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture Headquarters 600 m. northeast of the Ipís-Coronado intersection. 11101 San Isidro, Vázquez de Coronado, San José, Costa Rica
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24 January 2024: Deadline for applications for funding
22 Februrary 2024:  Application deadline self-funded on-site participants and for abstract submission by self-funded or online participants. Please take into account the times to receive a visa for Costa Rica at the respective embassy or consulate may take more than eight weeks, and apply early if you need a visa.
30 April 2024: Deadline for online participants.


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