The Water Science and Policy Center of the University of California-Riverside has organized a three-day meeting that will bring together senior drought experts and policy makers from five drought-prone regions: Spain, Australia, South Africa, Mexico and California.

The meeting, titled "International Drought Symposium: Integrating Science and Policy," will compare drought impact and mitigation at the international level. It will take place on March 24-26 at the Riverside Marriott Hotel, 3400 Market St., Riverside, Calif. Registration for the meeting costs $75 to $125.


A free public event, "A World With Less Water: Discussion on Drought Policy," will be held Friday, March 26, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Riverside Marriott Hotel. A panel of water policy makers will discuss drought issues, answer questions from the audience, and discuss what steps California and other drought-prone regions can take to ameliorate and avoid drought. No registration is needed to attend the public event.