Conservation International / HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation / IRC / Millennium Water Alliance / The Nature Conservancy / Water For People / Wetlands International / World Wide Fund for Nature

Freshwater Conservation-WASH integration: high-level and local-level challenges and opportunities

Monday 27 August | 16.00-17.30 | Room: NL 461
El Quiché Program, managed by Water For People and supported by One Drop and funded in addition by the Prince Albert of Monaco II Foundation

This event will be interactive including a participatory panel discussion. After a quiz with the audience to test their knowledge linking freshwater conservation and WASH approaches, participants will examine challenges and opportunities related to working with government or policy around integration of WASH and freshwater ecosystem conservation. The panel of 5-6 presenters will examine how integrated freshwater conservation-WASH programs can catalyze work around meeting multiple SDG commitments and reflect on what meeting those commitments really means through examples of different approaches carried out at the national level down to local or district level. Examples of approaches at the local level will also focus on how civil society organizations are engaging local and national governments, the decisions being made, and how civil society organization actions at all levels are essential ensure there is an interplay between policy and practice.

Gold standard events are committed to ensure the gender balance in speakers/panellists and young professional representation in the session.


  1.  Welcome and audience quiz, Aparna Sridhar, TNC (10 mins)
  2. Panel Discussion - Experience from the field informing national and global policy and practice; (45 mins), Moderated by Colleen Sorto, Conservation International
    1. Nompendulo (Pesh) Mgwali, Conservation South Africa
    2. Kate Alinafe Harawa, Water For People
    3. Sophie Nguyen Koha, Helvetas
    4. Samwel Jakinda, NIA,  Watershed Program 
    5.  Maria Amalia Porta, WWF
    6. Doris Kaberia, MWA    
  3. Inter-active Audience Discussion  (30 mins)
  4. Wrap Up (5 mins)