International Water Management Institute / Overseas Development Institute

Options for Water Security: How Should We Decide?

Thursday 01 September | 11.00-12.30 | Room: FH 307
Bhumipol Dam, Thailand_Thanyapat Wanitchanon, Shutterstock

The call for water security has raised many questions over how to achieve it and with what resources.  The ‘Securing Water, Sustaining Growth’ report of 2014 identified the need for further water storage as the common denominator for growth, food, and energy security.  It highlighted the complex impacts in river systems as a consequence of barriers to river flow.

Conventional responses to climate impacts on precipitation call for more water storage, yet there are mixed benefits and impacts from these approaches.  This session will bring together a wide range of expertise from different organizations to debate the question – how and who should decide our water secure future?  The aim of this session is not to re-visit old debates on dams, but to facilitate active discussion between participants and the audience over what strategies exist that will allow us to build sustainable and resilient river basins that can deliver water, energy, and food security, but not at the cost of losing further ecological integrity.

A diverse range of stakeholders will be approached to present their global and regional perspectives, and partners working in the Tana and Volta River basins will guide the debate with key questions, together with audience participation.


11:00 Opening remarks and presentation on WISE UP
James Dalton, IUCN

11:10 Expert Panel debates based around statement: Water security can only be achieved with massive investments in built infrastructure

Moderator: John Matthews, AGWA

  • Yasmin Siddiqi, Asian Development Bank
  • Jan Cassin, Forest Trends
  • Julien Harou, University of Manchester, U.K.
  • Razaki Sanoussi, Volta Basin Authority (tbc)
  • Beatrice Mosello, ODI
  • Dr. John Rao Nyaoro, HSC, Executive Director, Nile Basin Initiative
  • Ben Nyamadi – Ghana Irrigation Development Authority (tbc)

11:45 Panel 2: What Strategies exist that allows us to deliver water, energy, and food security, and maintain our ecosystem integrity?

Moderator: Nathanial Matthews, WLE

  • Matthew McCartney, IWMI Laos
  • Phil Riddell – Riddell Associates
  • Canisius Kanangire, Executive Secretary, AMCOW
  • Eva Abal, Global Change Institute, University of Queensland
  • Lenka Thamae, Executive Secretary, ORASECOM
  • Ulrike Pokorski da Cunha, GIZ
  • Andrew Takawira – GWP-SA

12:10 Audience Questions and Interaction

12:30 Closing remarks