Stockholm International Water Institute
Following on the 2012 Multi-stakeholder forum of the EU Water Initiative (EUWI), which presented the key achievements in its 10 years of existence, the 2013 session will focus on the development of a “nexus approach”. Addressing the water-energy-food nexus, with a particular attention on cooperation in transboundary waters, is consistent with the new orientations of the EU development policy. In order to build on the capacity of EUWI to constitute an appropriate framework to address new challenges and catalyse new opportunities, each component will present their views and identify opportunities to develop activities based on a “nexus approach”, using the multi-stakeholder and interactive dialogue to discuss this development.
EUWI is an international political initiative using a partnership approach, bringing together national governments, donors, the industry, NGOs and other water actors. The EUWI was launched at the 2002 World Summit for Sustainable Development and is working to reinforce political commitment to water and sanitation, and to create a strong and integrated framework for EU action. It comprises 4 regional components: Africa, Eastern Europe Caucasus & Central Asia (EECCA), Latin America and the Mediterranean, and thematic components of Research and Finance.
The annual Multi-stakeholder Forum has the objective to present and discuss the results achieved within the different components, exchange experiences and gather participants’ inputs for further development of activities.
14.00 Opening Remarks. Mr. André Liebaert, EC, Dr. Håkan Tropp, SIWI
14:10 Presentation of the European Innovation Partnership. Mr. Robert Schröder, EC
14.15 Keynote Address: Nexus - Progress since Bonn 2011. Mr. Franz Marre, BMZ, Germany
Concrete regional opportunities within the water-energy-food security nexus
14.35 Africa Region: Panel Discussion
15.10 Coffee Break
15.40 EECCA Region - EUWI-EECCA Working Group. Ms. Tatiana Efimova, OECD, and Mr. Bo Libert, UNECE
16.00 Mediterranean Region - EUWI-MED Working Group. Mr. Dimitris Faloutsos, GWP-MED
16.20 Latin America Region - EUWI-LA Working Group. Ms.Tania Gutiérrez, Spain and CODIA
16.35 China - EU Water Platform (Nexus cluster). Mr. Henrik Dissing, CEWP
16.50 Panel Discussion
Panel, introduced by remarks from Mr. Thio Panzerbeiter, German WASH Coalition, Civil society and business (tbc) stakeholders Panel from EUWI regional components
17.20 Concluding Remarks. Mr. André Liebaert, EC, Dr. Håkan Tropp, SIWI
The EUWI Multi-Stakeholder Forum, co-convened by the European Commission and SIWI, focused on the opportunity to use a “nexus approach” for water, food and energy security in developing activities of the different components of the Initiative. This focus builds on a review of the catalystic role of EUWI and on the achievements and specificities of each regional component, as they were highlighted at last year’s EUWI session celebrating 10 years of work. It responds to the changing priorities of the Initiative’s partner regions in Africa, Mediterranean, Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA), China and Latin America, recognising changes in the global policy framework especially in respect of the post-2015 agenda and to take account of the EU Development Framework ‘Agenda for Change’.
Following a keynote address by a representative from the Government of Germany, panel discussions considered suggestions for “Concrete regional opportunities within the water-energy-food security nexus” commencing with Africa. This first Panel consisting of representatives from the EUWI Africa Working Group, ANBO, AMCOW, Centres of Excellence and an EU Member State (Sweden) provided a range of perspectives. Work on the nexus in Africa will respond to the ‘water for growth’ priority theme of the African water agenda, and will build on the ongoing work to strengthen the institutional framework for transboundary water management, as well as to build capacities and knowledge.
A second panel involving partner institutions active in the EUWI -,OECD, UNECE, GWP-MED, and representatives of Spain and Denmark - provided insights from the EECCA, Mediterranean, and Latin America regions and the China-EU Water Platform (the newest EUWI component). Building in particular on policy dialogues in the EECCA and MED regions, and expanding them to transboundary issues, opportunities are being developed for example within the development of river basin and groundwater management, in managing water for green growth, and in relation to desalination. The new cooperation between EU and China will also provide a framework for developing opportunities for cooperation.
With each region having different regional priorities and agendas, and different patterns of operation, it is unsurprising that a spectrum of opportunities was forthcoming and matched by an equal range of constraints, a number of which were further brought out in the final panel discussion, with a representative from the German WASH network providing an NGO perspective looking forward to collaborating on the nexus approach, followed by a final summary from the European Commission, highlighting the value of the EUWI multistakeholder dialogue to catalyse a forward looking and interactive debate.