World Water Week, Stockholm 2019

World Water Week is an annual gathering for solutions and ways forward in tackling the planet's water challenges. In 2019, World Water Week will address the central theme 'Water for society – Including all'.

Overview of IUCN events at World Water Week 2019

Stockholm, Sweden 25 - 30 August 2019

The Twitter hashtag for the conference is #WWWeek, IUCN will be tweeting live updates via @IUCN_Water.

Tuesday 27 August

  • The Forest-Water Nexus: bringing people and landscapes together

09.00-10.30 | M5 | Side Event

Urbanization, climate change, water scarcity, restoration commitments, international frameworks (e.g. SDGs, Bonn Challenge, UNFCCC) all have impacts on forest-water relationships and water-related ecosystem services. Forests can provide nature-based solutions to water management and issues related to water and food security, if properly managed; the converse can also be true. 

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  • Preventing plastics in our waters: more than banning straws

11.00-12.30 | L10  | Side Event

Marine litter, and particularly plastic pollution, have dominated news feeds in recent years. Despite this increasing attention, few solutions are pushed that go beyond banning single use plastics. Developing an approach that explicitly links land, freshwater, coastal and marine systems for the management of plastics could significantly reduce plastic pollution.

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  • Source-to-sea management: getting it on the ground

16.00-16.45 | M1 | Showcase

Source-to-sea management breaks through the geographical and sectoral barriers to which water managers are traditionally beholden. By characterizing key flows and focusing on the systemwide impacts of altering these flows, source-to-sea management has great potential for addressing complex, multi-stakeholder issues such as climate change, inclusive economic development, resource security, sustainable water and delta management, and more.

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  • Innovative Plastic Leakage Action: From Source-to-Sea

17.00-17.45 | L7 | Showcase

Up to 12 million tons of plastics flow into the ocean every year. Plastic pollution is a design, production, consumption and disposal challenge that must be tackled across the entire value chain. Focusing on sharing IUCN’s approach to tackling the plastic pollution crisis, this showcase will highlight IUCN’s replicable Plastic Leakage Action Assessment approach, which provide national partners with data and analysis to inform decision-making, action plans to reduce plastic leakage, and globally comparable and nationally-relevant plastic leakage baselines, evidence on which to set targets, and a means to track progress towards those targets.

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  • Linking Biodiversity with Inclusive Development: Why it Matters (1/3)

09.00-10.30 | M3 | Seminar

The planet’s biodiversity is under threat and water-related ecosystems rapidly degrading. Healthy aquatic ecosystems are prerequisites for securing many endangered species and life-sustaining systems. Joint efforts are needed on all levels, by all sectors.

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  • Linking Biodiversity with Inclusive Development: Why it Matters (2/3)

11.00-12.30 | M3 | Seminar

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  • Don’t Waste Good Catastrophes: Aligning DRR, Water, and Climate Agendas

11.00-12.30 | L10 | Side Event

In 2017 nearly 100 million people were directly affected by natural disasters, 78% of which resulted from floods, storms, or drought. While water is often the instrument of disaster, it is also a key to resilience in the face of climate change and essential to sustainable development, peace, security, and economic well-being. 

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  • Linking Biodiversity with Inclusive Development: Why it Matters (3/3)

14.00-15.30 | M3 | Seminar

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  • Locking Carbon in a Water Vault: Wetlands as ecosystem-based mitigation

14.00-15.30Side Event

Are wetlands a source of carbon or a carbon sink with hydrological connectivity? What could be their role in policy development around mitigation and sequestration? Why have wetlands been ignored in climate change policy at the national and international level when they are crucial to many people’s livelihoods and basic needs--especially of the rural poor--on a local level?

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Inland fisheries, freshwater governance, and the 2030 Agenda

16:00-17:30  | L11 | Side Event

Sustainable freshwater governance is contingent on balancing tradeoffs among social, economic and ecological interests. This event will examine case studies that cut across sectors (e.g. irrigation, ricefield fisheries, hydropower) and ecosystem-based approaches for resource management to identify how to use shared interests to facilitate cross-sectoral engagement between water stakeholders.

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  • From Local Needs to Opportunities, How Nexus is Shaping Communities

17.00-17.45 | M1 | Side Event

Cities are driving force of the global economy. More than half the world’s population lives in cities where much of the demand on energy, water and food occurs. Minaret (funded by Sida) is the first project in the MENA region which activates the role of municipalities in utilizing a NEXUS approach to find sustainable solutions to the region’s water, energy and food challenges.

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For more information on World Water Week, please visit website www.worldwaterweek.org

***This schedule lists all events where IUCN leads, co-organises or presents at sessions***

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