International Union for Conservation of Nature / Global Environment Facility / Global Resilience Partnership / Asian Development Bank / UN Environment / Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency / KfW Development Bank / Department of International Development UK / Agence Française de Développement / Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

Water, biodiversity & development: a magic formula for the SDGs

Monday 27 August | 14.00-15.30 | Room: NL 357
Van Ingen

The breadth of the sustainable development goals demands that collaboration for water, ecosystems and development objectives improves radically. Ensuring this happens will require a paradigm shift in how IWRM performs. Can conservation be better articulated – by the water and biodiversity communities-of-practice alike – as a key development issue – which IWRM can deliver? This challenges the axioms of both communities, yet it is the fundamental logic of the SDGs. How do we stir national SDG planning debates to recognize that the SDGs are indivisible, and key SDGs related to life on land, biodiversity, water, and oceans – the planets global commons –underpin the stability of the planet and current and future human development.

Success for freshwater biodiversity conservation at the speed and scale needed will have to emerge from and with development solutions. This needs to take place in a period of unprecedented freshwater species extinction, increasing competition for water, little appetite to re-visit water pricing, and repeated calls to improve governance. This event will challenge both the development and conservation communities to re-think their strategies, and the opportunities they gain from each other.

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

Programme

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Water, biodiversity and development: a magic formula for the SDGs?

14:00 : Welcome and brief opening remarks, including format of the session and audience engagement 

James Dalton, Director, IUCN Global Water Programme

14:05 : Key Note: Why conservation is a development issue - and vice versa 

Mark Smith, Deputy Director General, IWMI HQ

14:15 : Presentation of Panellist Survey Results #1 with Audience Live Voting 

James Dalton, Director, IUCN Global Water Programme

The audience will be asked to live vote on questions regarding conservation, development, and IWRM. These results will be compared to results from the Panellists.

14:30 : Panel #1 Discussion on Results from Audience 

James Dalton, Director, IUCN Global Water Programme

Facilitated Audience discussion with Panellists on the survey results presented

• Maria van Berlekom (Sida) 

• Astrid Hillers (Programs Unit, GEF)

• Nathanial Matthews (Programme Director, Global Resilience Partnership)

• Sandra Bruehlmann (Global Programme Water, Swiss Development Cooperation)

14:50: Presentation of Panellist Survey Results #2 with Audience Live Voting 

James Dalton, Director, IUCN Global Water Programme

The audience will be asked to live vote on questions regarding conservation, development, and IWRM. These results will be compared to results from the Panellists. 

15:05: Panel #2 Discussion on Results from Audience

James Dalton, Director, IUCN Global Water Programme

Facilitated Audience discussion with Panellists on the survey results presented 

• Céline Robert (Water and Sanitation Division, Agence Française de Développement)

• Joerg Dux (IWRM, KfW Development Bank)

• Thomas Panella (Chief, Water Sector Group, ADB)

• Joakim Harlin (UN Environment)

15:25: Summary Points and Next Steps 

Maria Carreno Lindelien, IUCN Global Water Programme

15:30 Close

Conclusion

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