World Water Week, Stockholm 2017

During the annual World Water Week, the IUCN Global Water Programme along with over 3,000 water experts, practitioners, decision-makers, business innovators and young professionals, will work towards fostering new partnerships, policy-shifts, and technological solutions to address the often neglected topic of wastewater from industrial, municipal, and agricultural effluent.

Overview of IUCN events* at World Water Week 2017


Understanding the Gender Dimension of Water and Waste: session 2

14.00-15.30 | NL 357

A gender perspective illuminates how gender roles and relations affect and are affected by WASH and water resource interventions. This understanding can increase sustainability and resource efficiency, and thereby enhance the benefits for all. 

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The Freshwater Health Index: Participate in a Mini Assessment

16.00-16.45 | NL 253

The Freshwater Health Index is a new tool developed by Conservation International and partners to help decision makers measure basin health in terms of ecosystem vitality, ecosystem services, and governance. The Index includes 11 major indicators assessed at the basin and sub-basin scale, and stakeholder engagement is a crucial part of the assessment process.

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From Global Policy to Local Project: Managing Water through NDCs 

16.00-17.30 | NL Auditorium

Can global policy drive local sustainable water resource management decisions and projects? Here, we will discuss how global climate policy is reshaping both technical and political cooperation, synergies, and tensions between governance levels, sectors, policy areas, and countries.

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Water & Green Growth (WGG): Just a Concept or Reality?

16.00-17.30 | NL 353

WGG was introduced as a concept that emphasizes the role of water in achieving economic well-being and social equity, coupled with the protection and revitalization of eco-systems. The showcase will provide an opportunity to examine the path WGG has followed, where it is now and the direction it needs to move forward and address how to bridge the gap between the conceptualization and materialization of WGG.

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The Africa EU Water Partnership Project: Unlocking investments through development

11.00-12.30  | NL 353

Water supply and sanitation are requirements for human development, but it is estimated that there is an annual funding gap of over 11 billion USD for water infrastructure in Africa. This event will include lightening talks from representatives of development banks (AfDB), project preparation facilities (CRIDF), and CSOs engaged with AEWPP in a joint effort to improve the financial viability and development impacts of water infrastructure across Africa.

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African smallholder irrigation: double yields with half the water!

14.00-15.30 | NL 357

Sustainable and inclusive intensification of smallholder irrigation in Africa is key to meeting the global challenges of securing food for a growing population and reducing poverty with limited water resources. This session considers new ways of working with irrigation communities in Africa to intensify sustainable agricultural production profitably by using water more efficiently, reducing waste of land and nutrients and facilitating socially-inclusive investment.

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International Water Law assists transboundary water cooperation: years of patience “paying-off”

09.00-10.30 | FH Congress Hall A

This event focuses on how International Water Law and water Conventions can play a role in furthering transboundary cooperation. 

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Governance of water and waste: a key to sustainable development?

09.00-10.30 | FH 202

This seminar adresses governance of water and waste with a particular emphasis on wastewater management and reuse. The seminar will concentrate on various areas of integrating water resources managemen; reducing and reusing waste; managing water and waste in the urban context and promoting integrity and anti-corruption in the water and waste sectors.

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Reducing waste in efficient irrigation: What pathways and who gains?

14.00-15.30 | NL 357

A careful examination of the fate of ‘wasted water’ in irrigation is urgently required. This session will first discuss how science and policy should help navigate conflicting beliefs (that irrigation either wastes vast volumes of water or wastes no water at all because wasted water is recycled), and then, will offer guidelines for evaluating the socio-technological pathways and potential water benefits of improving resource efficiency. 

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Sustainable Water Partnership: Delivering Stability and Benefits through Water Security

16.00-17.30 | FH Cabaret

Water security is essential to humankind as it supports public health, economic growth, environmental sustainability and political stability. This session will explore how to raise awareness of all decision makers on water security risk and how to engage local and regional leaders in water management planning efforts so that these become collaborative development processes that engage more than engineers and develop negotiated solutions beyond infrastructure development.

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*events where an IUCN staff member will speak or present

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