World Water Week
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Data Drought: An Assessment of Global Water Monitoring Systems
Session includes: Scene-setting presentation on the gaps and opportunities; Case study where challenges are successfully addressed; Case study where challenges are not effectively addressed; Scenario-based roundtable discussions to push for creative problem solving; Summary and next steps panel discussion to synthesize results and actions; and Summary report for attendees.
Unchartered Warters: The Economics of Scarcity and Variability
This session highlights results from a flagship study on the availability and variability of water. With growing populations, rising affluence and expanding cities many countries already confront water stress across multiple dimensions. Using new data and cutting edge techniques this session explores the consequences on firms, farms, forests and cities.
Accelerating actions for Water & Disasters in the next Decade
In parallel with the UN/international process to discuss the actions for water and disasters in the framework of the International Decade for Action, "Water for Sustainable Development", the event will be the opportunity for stakeholders to express their views on priority actions for water and disasters in the next decade.
Sustainable Withdrawals -- How Do You Know?
Water management agencies in Latin America and Africa will describe the practical and methodological difficulties they are addressing to develop accurate information on water availability and to determine the quantity, location and timing of sustainable withdrawals.
2030 WRG Country Initiative: Blending Partnerships and Finance for Water Security
The session covers catalytic examples of 2030 WRG’s country engagements aimed at transformative water demand management: Public-private-civil society partnerships, innovative financing mechanisms, policy and regulatory reform, water governance improvements, economic incentives for efficiency enhancement and wastewater treatment, as well as infrastructure development.
Climate mitigation in urban water and sanitation
An initial discussion on the interest of carbon accounting and greenhouse gas mitigation strategies for urban water utilities in emerging economies is followed by two presentations on the ECAM tool and how it has been used as advocacy and decision-support in Thailand, Jordan, Mexico and Peru
From Global Policy to Local Project: Managing Water through NDCs
Water management decisions are being reshaped by the UNFCCC Paris Agreement’s country-level goals. However, most climate actions will not be led at a national level but through many other actors, such as cities and civil society. How do we reconcile local, national, and global mitigation and adaptation goals?
Religious jurisprudence related to reuse of water
In this sessions we wish to discuss and unpack the issue of religious jurisprudence, especially related to water and wastewater reuse, legal and human rights implications and finding better solutions to deal with this growing and ignored issue.
Snow Leopards: A Surprising Solution to Water & Climate Security?
A combination of scientific tools, community engagement and environmental conservation is helping Asia's high mountains progress towards water and climate security. Lessons and products from this multi-stakeholder project can be applied to other geographies, helping the world progress to multiple SDG targets.
Harnessing opportunities for the safe reuse of wastewater in agriculture
From Global to Local: Trends of population growth, urbanization and climate change put pressure on sustainable water resources management. Understanding the potential of wastewater reuse can contribute to securing agricultural water availability. This session addresses challenges and opportunities of wastewater reuse and the potential for different regions in the world.
Powering the Wastewater Renaissance: Emissions Reduction in Wastewater Management
This event will include: Scene-setting presentation on global emissions abatement opportunity; Scene-setting presentation on the state in Europe, such as LCC, infrastructure, and opportunities; Scenario-based roundtable discussions to enable for creative problem solving; Summary and next steps panel discussion to synthesize results and actions; and Summary report delivered to attendees.
Water Resources (In-)Security and Conflict – Exploring Inter-Linkages
The session starts with a keynote outlining different interlinkages between water security and conflict. Then, participants identify and map inter-linkages – in thematic discussion groups – through specific examples. The discussion is structured along a set of guiding questions that structure the briefing note to be prepared as an outcome.
The Role of Green Infrastructure Investments in Meeting Global Commitments
This session will explore how targeted green infrastructure aimed at providing water-related benefits can also deliver cobenefits that help meet climate change, human development and biodiversity goals. Participants will engage in discussion on these connections and how to fill critical gaps in financing, governance and capacity building
Addressing conflict risks in climate adaptation and mitigation efforts
This event addresses how water-related climate adaptation and mitigation policies are linked with security and conflict risks. In an interactive session it discusses how policy makers could bolster synergies in implementing security, adaptation and development policies. Recent analysis on water and security risks at substate level will be presented.
Egypt's endeavors to face water scarcity
Egypt is the champion of Africa in Water Reuse to fill the gap between the demand and supply, as sustainable plan for achieving the food security.
Water to mitigate climate change: Beyond the obvious
If water is a key for adaptation to climate change, it also underlies many low-carbon solutions. This event aims at clarifying the links between water, energy and mitigation and outline concrete examples, showcasing that water is a central connector to reach the international ambitious targets on climate and development.
MENA FOCUS: MENA Water World Café 2017
Brief plenary session will outline the MENA Water World Café 2017. Participants divided into three working groups will discuss: “Rethink before use” (group 1) “Climate change and Water- Waste Cycle” (group 2) –and “Water quality management” (group 3).
Circular Economy Cities: Transforming China and India's Urban Wastewater
This seminar will showcase research on transforming traditional urban wastewater and sewage management systems towards circular economy, contrast approaches gaining traction in China and India,and discuss policies, institutional, and financial challenges. Harnessing much-needed energy from materials traditionally considered “waste” can impact urban energy use, emissions, and achieving IUWM and SDGs.
Complexities Associated with Climate Change, Water, and Agriculture
Water and climate always have been global forces shaping regional and local impacts on all types of farming systems. Understanding how these forces interact with one another requires accounting for socioeconomic and ecological factors that frame policy and individual decisons. This presentation presents a case study of North America.
Integrated Urban Water Management – Challenges and Opportunities
The event will engage key stakeholders (governments, municipalities, utilities, NGOs, etc.) in a debate on urban water challenges and opportunities as they relate to Africa’s fast urbanizing cities. The Urban Waters in Africa Program will be presented, and IUWM practitioners will present/discuss their work in this field.
Ensuring adaptation through insurance: Mainstreaming resilient nature-based water management
Nature based solutions can reduce vulnerability to climate induced hazards, especially drought and flooding, and this risk reduction can be assessed and incorporated within insurance schemes. Leaders and experts from city authorities, insurance companies, and government will discuss how to operationalize the insurance value of ecosystems to guide resilient development.
Ecosystems, water, and health: The multiple dimensions of natural infrastructure
The water sector is embracing green infrastructure, but this is not yet mainstreamed, best practice. Green infrastructure projects have not taken full advantage of their potential to generate multiple benefits. How do we create the technical / policy shifts needed to mainstream green infrastructure for water, ecosystem, and health benefits?
NDC Explorer: Water in 163 Climate Plans and Selected Cases
Thursday 14:00 - 14:45
The event explores the role of water in 163 national climate action plans submitted to the UNFCCC and their potential contributions to simultaneously achieving SDG 6 and SDG 13 at global level as well as experiences with increasing coherence between climate and water agendas in Sweden, Kenya and Morocco.
Operationalizing resilience within water security
Advances in practical approaches for the assessment and management of climate change and other risks, and operationalizing resilience concepts at the country, basin, and project level will be shared. With active participation of world leading experts in freshwater resource management, real cases will be shared and discussed.
Showcasing business best practice for climate adaption and water stewardship
Thursday 15:00 - 15:45
Through innovative case examples and interactive multi-stakeholder discussion, participants will learn about best practice for business actions on water and climate resilience across operations and supply chains, particularly looking at the connections and co-benefits among core business activities including water reuse, stormwater capture, and wastewater management, which drives circular economy.