World Environmental & Water Resources Congress 2008
May 12-16, 2008
Honolulu, Hawaii

Click here to download the Final Program (PDF).


Ancient Hawaiian life was based around the ahupua'a system of sustainable land management. An Ahupua'a was a watershed-based, political land division extending from the surrounding mountain ridges to the coastal ocean extending out to and including the coral reef.  The ahupua'a system evolved to protect the upland water resources that were a life-sustaining gift from the gods to be used wisely and conserved by all Hawaiians.

Sustainability from the Mountains to the Sea

Environmental and Water Resources Technology for a Sustainable Future

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Plan to Attend and Participate!


This Congress has become an important annual opportunity for the best minds at work in water   and environmental fields to convene and focus on key topics of today. In this time of climate    changes and shifting resources, it is vital that those working at the forefront of our professions  share their ideas and insights from research and experiences in the field, to generate the best practices for the future. EWRI invites your full participation!

While EWRI has managed some incarnation of the Congress since 1996, the World Environmental & Water Resources Congress as we know it has taken place since 2003. The Institute strives to obtain geographical diversity in terms of the Congress location, and because of this, the event has taken place all over the United States. Below, the listings of the Congresses and their respective locations can be found:

  • Congress 2003 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Congress 2004 - Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Congress 2005 - Anchorage, Alaska
  • Congress 2006 - Omaha, Nebraska
  • Congress 2007 - Tampa, Florida
  • Congress 2008 - Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Congress 2009 - Kansas City, Missouri

In addition to the geographical diversity in location, EWRI encourages a diverse pool of participants in the Congress as well as other events. The Congress features opportunities such as the Visiting International Fellowship and the International Reception and Icebreaker to draw in members and participants from abroad. Here is a breakdown of the 2007 Congress Attendees:


# of Attendees
North America 821 94.79%
South America 1 0.11%
Australia 10 1.15%
Europe 14 1.61%
Africa 1 0.11%
Asia 18 2.08%