Sustainable Water Partnership: Delivering Stability and Benefits through Water Security
Water security is essential to humankind as it supports public health, economic growth, environmental sustainability and political stability. Development plans and investments that ignore water security usually fall short of their objectives when water issues and conflicts undermine political and social cohesion, supply and value chains, public and environmental health, as well as infrastructure operation and service delivery.
This session will explore how to:
Raise awareness of all decision makers on water security risks, including both long-term changes or stressors such as population growth and climate change, as well as shocks such as floods and other sudden events.
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, including watershed management, behavior changes, and institutional improvement.
Representatives from the private sector, civil society, scientific and development organizations will discuss the links between water security and wider development perspectives.
The session will also engage the audience to contribute ideas, suggestions and success stories to promote water security as a core pillar of overall development.
16:00 Welcome: USAID perspective on water security as a pillar of socio-economic development.
16:10 SWP: A process to improve water security (launch of SWP toolkit)
Eric Viala, SWP Director, Winrock International
16:20 Raising awareness on water security
Betsy Otto, World Resources Institute
16:30 Panel: perspectives and key points on water security
Dan Smith, Director, Stockholm International Research Institute
Lisa Hook, Women and Water Program Manager, Gap Inc.
Tara Varghese, Global Water Stewardship Manager, PepsiCo, Inc.
Amit Bando, Senior Director, Clean Energy and Water Group, Winrock
Eric Viala, Director, Sustainable Water Partnership, Winrock
17:25 Summary and wrap-up
17:30 Close of session