The World Water Week is the leading annual global meeting place for capacity-building, partnership-building and follow-up on the implementation of international processes and programmes in water and development.
A record number of participants – 2400 from some 130 countries – are expected to explore a wide variety of themes and topics at the Stockholm City Conference Centre, August 12-18, 2007. Topics include climate change, measuring progress, unsolved sanitation challenges, water management, water for food and ecosystems, investment in water, governance and more.
Plenary sessions, panel debates, social events, facility tours and prize-giving ceremonies will combine to provide the week’s varied programme. Leading professionals from business, government, water management, science, inter-governmental organisations, NGOs, training institutes and United Nations agencies will participate. Over 140 organisations are co-convenors of the event together with the Stockholm International Water Institute.
UNEP will participate at the Stockholm Water Week with the following 3 side events and seminars:
Rainwater Harvesting for Climate Change Adaptation and for Accelerating MDG Implementation
Monday 13 August
17:15-18:45, Folkets Hus, Room 503-4
Co-Convenors: UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Rainwater Harvesting Implementation Network (RAIN) and World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF).
This event will demonstrate the rainwater harvesting potential inadaptation to climate change and meeting the MDGs. Panelists will debate rainwater harvesting in different contexts, focusing on climate change, water quality, urban versus rural water supply, poverty and microfinance. The objective is to explore means for the acceleration and wider use of rainwater to mitigate the impacts of climate change as well as contributing to adequate supply of water. A documentary and results of the UNEP/ICRAF study on the rainwater harvesting potential in Africa will be presented. Publications showing associated technologies and the importance of rainwater harvesting shall be launched.
Panel Members include: Mr. Ajaya Dixit from Nepal, Mr.Andre Dzikus from UNHABITAT, Ms Vessela Montana from International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance.
Under Cover! Revisited - Groundwater as an Integral Part of Transboundary River/Lake Basin Management in Africa
Thursday 16 August
09:00-17:00, Folkets Hus, Room 503-4
Full day Seminar
Convenors: African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW), Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR), Germany, International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH), Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
The seminar builds on the success of last year’s seminar at the World Water Week which raised the issue of transboundary groundwater management to a larger public of water professionals and lead to the proclamation of the Stockholm Message on Transboundary Groundwater for Africa. This year’s event will make the next step in the international discussion about this topic by bringing together representatives from African River/Lake Basin Organisations (R/LBOs) with decision makers, research institutions, and international donors. It will provide a forum for exchanging experiences and discussing best practices of transboundary groundwater management. Also the issue of financing for transboundary groundwater cooperation will be addressed as well as the European experience, where the integration of ground- and surface water is supposed to enhance through the establishment of the European Water Framework Directive.
The joint initiative “Promoting Cooperation on Transboundary Groundwater for Africa” which is driven by AMCOW, BGR, IAH, SIWI, UNESCO and UNEP focuses on R/LBOs as the ‘natural’ institutional arrangements for transboundary groundwater management, as these organisations are already in place at most African river and lake basins resulting in some cases in considerable improvements of riparian cooperation at surface water flows. The seminar will discuss the challenges of integrating groundwater into their scope of work regarding the hydrogeological, institutional and political constraints. The different perspectives from national, river / lake basin, and international levels will be presented and will provide the opportunity to summarise advantages and challenges of this integration.
The African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) as the overarching institution for African water policy supports the integration of groundwater into the scope of work of existing R/LBOs and is co-convening this seminar.
Roadmaps for IWRM Planning and Implementation
Friday 17 August
14:00-17:30, Folkets Hus, Room 307
Half Day Seminar
Convenor: UNEP Collaborating Centre on Water and Environment (UCC)
Co-Convenors: UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Danida
Developing and implementing water reforms through IWRM is a critically important contribution to achieving the MDG’s – and a major challenge for many developing countries. Countries need to develop IWRM roadmaps to move from vision through assessment, strategy development and IWRM plans to implementation. The Seminar will present examples of such roadmaps, and highlight relations on how e.g. climate change issues has been addressed, from the country level to the “global roadmap for IWRM towards 2015 and beyond” which was proposed in Copenhagen in April this year. The country examples will be drawn from ongoing programs in which UNEP, GWP and other partners support countries in road-mapping and capacity building for IWRM. Initiatives to follow up on the IWRM Roadmap from Copenhagen will also be highlighted.
The expected outputs are methodologies and approaches which will inspire and assist stakeholders.