Texas A&M University

Encouraging Integration to Realize the Global Water Goal

Wednesday 31 August | 16.00-17.30 | Room: FH Little Theatre

In committing to Global Goal 6, the world has converged around a set of targets we must address urgently to improve water management. There is a new and welcome understanding that ‘water and sanitation’ refers to the whole water cycle. WASH targets won’t be met sustainably without also meeting those on water quality, scarcity, ecosystems and water cooperation, and vice versa. But do we know all we need to in order to operationalize that integrated vision?

Projects that strive to integrate WASH and sustainable water resource management already exist. These projects are led by governments, businesses, development organizations, or conservationists—or some combination—and can be found from Africa to Latin America and beyond. But what makes some successful? Why do others fall short? What do we still need to understand better in order to achieve the interrelated Global Goal water targets?

In this session, we will look at topical projects through the lens of a newly developed evaluation process rooted in the ABCG Conservation & WASH Integration Guidelines. This will help us as a community understand what best practices should be encouraged, and where further action will be needed to improve implementation towards reaching Global Goal commitments.


16:00 Welcome by moderator Rabi Mohtar, TAMU

16:05 Framing presentation Sarah Davidson, WWF

16:15 Moderator introduction of panelists Rabi Mohtar, TAMU

16:20 Presentations: on-the-ground applications and implications

Lucien Damiba, WaterAid Burkina Faso

Greg Koch, The Coca-Cola Company

16:40 Reflections from new perspectives 
Faraj El-Awar, Global Water Operators’ Partnership Alliance
Will Reidhead, Integrated Monitoring Initiative for SDG 6 (GEMI), UN-Water

16:50 Moderated panel discussion 

17:10 Interactive panel Q&A

17:25 Closing comments Sarah Davidson, WWF