Water Footprint Network
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit; Stockholm International Water Institute and United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
Considering the growing multiple water demands, ensuring sustainable, efficient and equitable water use is more than ever a challenge. New tools and methods are therefore required to inspire, inform and broaden cooperation in river basins - across sectors and between countries.
Water Footprint Assessment (WFA) provides a common language which builds a shared understanding for informed decision making and strategic action at local, regional and global scales. Presentations include WFA at the national, river basin and catchment scales, in regulatory, policy and private sector engagement settings. These clearly demonstrate that WFA opens up new insight and contributes to successful collective action.
An approach on how to identify, quantify and communicate the range of benefits of transboundary water cooperation is being developed under the UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention), answering to the growing demand for quantitative information on cooperation benefits. Indeed, transboundary water cooperation often adopts a narrow vision of water management that does not take into consideration the full range of potential benefits. How can this work draw on existing methodologies and experiences?
Water Footprint Assessment: A Common Language for Dialogue and Cooperation
14:00 Introduction. Ms. Ruth Mathews, WFN, The Netherlands
14:05 Water Footprint Outcomes and Policy Options: A California Case Study. Dr. Peter H. Gleick, Pacific Institute, USA, and Mr. Julian Fulton, University of California, USA
14:25 Water Prism: A Decision Support Tool for Sustainable Supplies at the Basin Level. Mr. Paul Freedman, LimnoTech, USA
14:35 Water Footprint Assessment Tool: Delving into River Basins. Dr. Ashok Chapagain, WFN, The Netherlands
14:45 Usefulness of WFA in Revisiting Water Allocation in a River Basin: A Case Study from the UK. Dr. Giuseppe Frapporti, Environment Agency, UK
15:05 The Water Footprint Assessment Application in Porce River Basin in Colombia: A Multisectoral Approach to Improve Cooperation at the Basin Level. Mr. Diego Arévalo, Centro de Ciencia y Tecnología de Antioquia, Colombia
15:30 Coffee Break
Identify, Quantify and Communicate the Benefits of Transboundary Water Cooperation
16:00 Introduction to the Session. Mr. John Joyce, SIWI
16:05 Scoping the Work
16.30 Lessons from the Field - Panel Discussion
17:00 Towards a Guidance Note on Identifying, Quantifying and Communicating the Benefits of Cooperation. Mr. Roberto Martin Hurtado, Consultant to UNECE
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