Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations / UN Environment / UNESCO International Hydrological Programme / UNESCO World Water Assessment Programme / United Nations Development Programme / United Nations University-Institute for Water, Environment and Heath / UN-Water


Tuesday 28 August | 09.00-10.30 | Room: FH Congress Hall A

Water management is still largely dominated by human-built (i.e. ‘grey’) infrastructure, whereas the enormous potential for nature-based solutions (NBS) to address contemporary water management challenges across all sectors, and particularly regarding water for agriculture, sustainable cities, disaster risk reduction and improving water quality remains under-utilized. The 2018 edition of the United Nations World Water Development Report aims to encourage policy and decision-makers, inside and outside the water community, to find the most appropriate blend of green and grey investments to maximize benefits and system efficiency while minimizing costs and trade-offs. The session will introduce the main findings of this flagship publication of UN-Water and facilitate a free discussion among the panelists and the audience concerning its policy messages and concrete applications of NBS to achieve the water-related Goal (SDG 6) and Targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


09:00-09:05 Welcome and introductory remarks
Stefan Uhlenbrook,  UNESCO World Water Assessment Programme

09:05-09:15 Keynote speech
Henk Ovink, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

09:15-09:40 The potential of Nature-Based Solution for water and sustainable development
Olcay Ünver, FAO
Andrew Hudson, UNDP
Elisabeth Bernhardt, UN Environment
Sarantuyaa Zandaryaa, UNESCO International Hydrological Programme
Vladimir Smakhtin, UNU-INWEH

09:40-09:50 A collection of case studies

Engin Koncagül, UNESCO World Water Assessment Programme

09:50-10:20 Q&A with the audience and the expert panel
Moderator: James Dalton, IUCN, Global Water Programme

10:20-10:30 Closing remarks