“Progress and Prospects on Water: Striving for Sustainability in a Changing World” is the theme of this year’s Water Week.
The IUCN Water Programme will be coordinating seminars and workshops on topics such as effective water governance, freshwater biodiversity, and economic development, whilst strengthening our partnerships and membership commitments. A record number of more than 2400 participants from over 130 countries are confirmed for this year’s conference taking place in Stockholm from 12-18 August.
“The IUCN Water Programme is particularly committed to strengthen and support our members and partners during this important event on the global water calendar. As long term partners of the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), we aim to share our knowledge and experience of the Water and Nature Initiative, as well as our extensive network capacity with the broader water community ” said Dr. Ger Bergkamp, Head of the IUCN Water Programme.
Leading professionals from business, government, water management, science, inter-governmental organisations, NGOs, training institutes and United Nations agencies will participate. This year in particular, climate change and water is high on the conference agenda. To cover all aspects of the challenges associated with water and climate change, World Water Week is devoting an entire day to the topic, as well as additional activities during the week. “Focusing on the impacts and vulnerability of climate change in developing countries and how to adapt and improve resilience, are imperative topics on the water agenda” said Dr. Mark Smith, IUCN Senior Water Advisor and Climate Change expert.
In collaboration with the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), IUCN co-convenes and organises the following seminars, workshops and meetings during the week-long conference:
- Sunday August 12 – 12.15 to 13.15: Side Event “Translating Tools into Action in a Changing Water World”. This event launches the new translations of the popular toolkit publications “FLOW – The Essentials of Environmental Flows”. Presenters include Dr. Ger Bergkamp, Dr. Mark Smith, Michael Moore (SIWI) and Tabeth Chiuta (IUCN South Africa)
- Sunday August 12 – Afternoon: Seminar “Poverty, Wealth and Water: Prioritising Water Investments”. This seminar aims at exploring the in-country interfaces between water, economic growth and poverty alleviation. It will explore various country experiences and seek to bridge existing knowledge gaps.
- Monday August 13 – 16.00 to 18.00: “Water for Schools”. Closed meeting with partners and members on implementation of Water for Schools Campaign.
- Tuesday August 14 – Full Day: Workshop “Making Governance Systems Effective”. This workshop will focus on effective legislation, stakeholder and societal negotiation processes, and decision support systems in a dynamic workshop programme.
- Tuesday August 14 – Afternoon: Seminar “Working with Nature: Improving Integrated Water Resources Management by Sustaining and Restoring Ecosystem Services and Freshwater Biodiversity”. This joint seminar will explore the CBD commitments by raising awareness about the importance of freshwater biodiversity, discuss current constraints to addressing biodiversity in water related activities and examine the components of IWRM theory and practice. A presentation will be given by Dr. Mark Smith, IUCN Senior Water Advisor.
- Thursday August 16 – Full Day: Workshop “Water – A Brake on Economic Development”. Co-convened by IUCN and the World Bank, this workshop will aim to answer questions such as “Is Water a Brake on Economic Development?” and find outcomes to “what extent is increasing hydrologic variability a constraint to growth?”. Dr. Claudia Sadoff, Economic Advisor, IUCN and World Bank, as well as Dr. Mark Smith, IUCN Senior Water Advisor, will be giving presentations during this workshop.
About World Water Week in Stockholm
The World Water Week is the leading annual global meeting place for capacity-building, partnership-building and follow-up on the implementation of international processes and programmes in water and development.
For more information and full programme agenda, please visit: www.worldwaterweek.org.
About the World Conservation Union (IUCN)
Created in 1948, the World Conservation Union (IUCN) brings together 83 States, 110 government agencies, 800 plus NGOs, and some 10,000 scientists and experts from 181 countries in a unique worldwide partnership. The Union’s mission is to influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable.
The Union is the world's largest environmental knowledge network and has helped over 75 countries to prepare and implement national conservation and biodiversity strategies. The Union is a multicultural, multilingual organization with 1,000 staff located in 62 countries. Its headquarters are in Gland, Switzerland.
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