Rural-Urban Collaboration for Water, Food and Energy Security

Concerns about water are growing. Pressures on water availability and quality come from multiple directions: agriculture is the single largest consumer of water worldwide and rapidly growing urban populations require safe, clean drinking water and adequate sanitation, as well as more food. Expected impacts of climate change on water resources increase the urgency of finding new ways to balance urban and rural needs in a sustainable way that also ensures the continued health of our vital freshwater systems.

The Nexus Dialogue on Water Infrastructure Solutions is examining how engineered and nature-based water infrastructure and technology are currently being used and can be made more functional and sustainable to secure water, food production and energy generation while balancing economic, environmental and social issues. In this session, urban and rural stakeholders will share stories of collaboration that highlight the possibilities to bridge divides across agriculture, ecosystems, energy, industry and cities so best management and infrastructure principles are applied for a water secure future.

14:00  Welcome and Opening Remarks : Balancing Multiple Objectives across the Energy-Food-Water Nexus and across the Rural to Urban Interface. Dr. Giulio Boccaletti, TNC

14:15  Introduction of speakers and partnership example presentations, Kari Vigerstol, TNC


Presentation of partnership examples


14:18  Partnership example #1: The Power of Partnerships, Damian Crilly, IWA

14:30  Partnership example #2: Conserving Rural Watersheds to Safeguard Water Security for Nairobi, Kenya. Mr. Philip Gichuki, Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company, Kenya

14:42  Partnership example #3: Private Sector Collaboration on Water Stewardship: A Value Chain Approach. Mr. Alexandre Le Vernoy, SABMiller, UK

14:54  Q & A with audience, moderated by Kari Vigerstol.

15:20  Small Group Discussion

  1. Identify Common Challenges to Working across Rural-Urban Landscapes and Balancing Multiple Objectives for Water Use and Management
  2. Suggest Principles of Collaboration
  3. What Tools Are Available to Address the Challenges Laid out by Presenters, and to Improve Partnerships and Water Management?


15:50 Coffee Break


16:10    Report-back in plenary

16:30    Moderated panel discussion. Moderator: Mr. Giulio Boccaletti, TNC.

  • Ms. Jane Mumbi, Nairobi Water, Kenya
  • Mr. Gérard Bonnis, OECD
  • Mr. Alexandre Le Vernoy, SABMiller, UK
  • Dr. James Dalton, IUCN
  • Mr. Joshua Were, KenGen
  • Dr. Robyn Johnston, IWMI
  • Ms. Kelly Kryc, US State Department

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