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Migration

SWWW 2019 Seminar // Addressing Migration through Regional Integration and Water Security for All

Regional economic integration can foster transboundary water management as well as energy and food security. It also attracts investments that address infrastructure deficits, accelerates participation in global and regional value chains, and stimulates economic growth. All are important entry points for sustainable development. However, environmental and social co-benefits are typically not as well quantified as economic growth.

Inclusive development if undertaken correctly can potentially support all dimensions of sustainability, including coping with rising pressure on resources and population increases experienced in Africa and Asia.  The latter pressures, coupled with the potential for economic failures increases the number of people seeking a better life, with international migration reshaping the socio-political, environmental and economic landscapes of ‘departing’ and ‘receiving’ countries. Departing countries shed skills and social cohesion, while recipients face increased competition for resources, jobs and social structures.

This seminar will explore how natural resources and water governance in a regional context promotes economic growth with environmental and social co-benefits. How does equitable access to shared resources enhance wider cooperation, peace and stability? Could transformations influence drivers of out-migration by increasing sustainable resource access and management? We invite discussions on the influence of globalisation on water management and security in the context of regionally integrated development. Participants should consider how shared benefits from water management, such as energy trades, tourism, and healthy rivers flowing across boundaries, support the SDGs, promote equitable resource access and reduce resource pressure and conflict.

Seminar topic of the 2019 Stockholm World Water Week

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Co-convenors

  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) (tbc)
  • Water Research Commission (WRC) (tbc)
  • Overseas Development Institute (ODI) (tbc)

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