Stockholm World Water Week 2018
"Water, ecosystems and human development"
26-30 August 2018

The Nexus will be discussed on various events at this annual focal point for the globe’s water issues, 
organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI).

In the third year of implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the World Water Week 2018 focuses on the very basis of our existence: the ecosystems on which all life depends, and the critical role of water in their functions. Read more about the thematic scope of the event.

Nexus Events at the Stockholm World Water Week 2018

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SWWW 2018 Event // Towards the Circularization of Hydroelectricity using the Existing Hydraulic Infrastructure

Synergistic approaches to respond to both food and energy needs and an integrated management of water are essential to respond to the WEF Nexus, in particular to attain the Sustainable Development Goals 2, 6 and 7. Installing hydropower plants in the greenfield imposes high environmental and social impacts. On the other hand, in water infrastructures the waste of energy is common. A direction for the decarbonisation of energy sources, in the context of hydroelectricity, must be the fight against...

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SWWW 2018 Session // Share, Conserve, Develop! How do we do it all in Transboundary Basins?

Bridging Conservation and Development through Stakeholder Inclusive Transboundary Water Governance: How do the imperatives of water-related ecosystem conservation and those of water security for human socio-economic development become intertwined in transboundary basins, which provide freshwater to 50% of the worlds’ population? How are these efforts faring in practice?

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SWWW 2018 Event // Donors’ Water Strategies under the 2030 Agenda

The rising importance of water in the development agenda is proven by a dedicated SDG on water as well as by the fact that water is integrated into more that 90% of the NDC adaptation chapters. A new dynamic is needed to actually deliver on SDG 6 and other water-related goals and targets. How do donors react to this? The event presents and discusses donors’ water strategies of the post 2015 era. Several donors have put forward new strategies like Germany’s BMZ or Swiss SDC, or work on guidance...

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SWWW 2018 Session // Asia Focus - Tackling the Water-Energy-Ecosystems-Food Nexus

This session will examine all four aspects of the Nexus and attempt to uncover the complex nature of the Water, Energy, Ecosystems, Food Nexus. Each aspect of the Nexus will be discussed individually, to contribute to a greater conversation concerning pathways to greater cooperation between sectors.

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SWWW 2018 Event // Understanding the Forest-Water Nexus: Redefining the Narrative?

This event will discuss the prevailing narratives surrounding forests and water: the myths, the complex truths and the implications our understanding has on practice and policy, and vice versa. It aims to bridge the divide between the water and forest sectors and suggest next steps to better integrate forests in water management and water in forest management.

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SWWW 2018 Session // Eye on LAC- Natural Infrastructure and the Water-Energy-Food Nexus

Most countries in the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries are expanding their water, land, and energy footprint. These investments are putting pressure on a wide variety of ecosystems and the services they provide to cities and beyond. Sustainable development for LAC is a question mark. Looming large in the background is another challenge: climate change. Climatologists predict that 90% of the land could be distressed by extreme weather events that affect water availability for food and...

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Wetlands

SWWW 2018 Event // MENA Focus - Benefits for Ecosystems and Wetlands through the Nexus

In the Mediterranean, wetlands are among its richest ecosystems, providing exceptional value and services including water purification, flood control, carbon sink and shoreline stability. However, they are also among its most threatened ecosystems with more than half having disappeared during the 20th century, and most of the rest under degradation or artificialization, mainly through water over-abstraction, urban development and tourism expansion, pollution and drainage.

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Peace and conflict

SWWW 2018 Session // Creating Peace through the Water-Energy-Food and Security Nexus Perspective

In many regions, dwindling water and land resources endanger the livelihoods of the population. Often, poor land and water governance and management – such as a lack of transparent, agreed, and ’fair’ access rights – multiplies the negative effects of increased variability. As water becomes less predicable , competition among resource users over the perceived benefits of different uses becomes fiercer. Applying the Nexus perspective can identify future and mitigate existing conflicts from...

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Peace and conflict

SWWW 2018 Session // Hype or Groundbreaking: Has Securing Water for Food Delivered?

Securing Water For Food (SWFF) celebrates its 5th year anniversary since launching at the 2013 World Water Week. The program’s aim is to identify and accelerate innovations to produce more food using less water and make more water available for the food value chain while promoting gender equality and ultimately alleviating poverty.

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Peace and conflict

SWWW 2018 Session // Water and Security: Assessing Risks and Mitigation Options in Hotspots

Since ancient times, water has played a key role in security and conflict. This role is expected to increase, as pressures over water are growing due to economic growth, population growth, ecological degradation, urbanization, changing life-styles and growing demand for water from the energy sector. With climate change exacerbating water stress and acting as a ‘threat multiplier’ in many unstable countries, the need for cooperation and other mitigation solutions in transboundary and...

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SWWW 2018 Session // Investing in Freshwater Ecosystems and Biodiversity: A Key Development Challenge

Conserving biodiversity and freshwater related ecosystem services is essential to help achieve the goals of Agenda 2030. Equally, ecosystems and the freshwater services they provide will be needed to achieve the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Freshwater management is key for protecting and sustaining biodiversity. At the same time healthy ecosystems play a critical role in maintaining freshwater quantity and quality, and...

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SWWW 2018 Session // Pollution-Driven Water Scarcity for Ecosystems and Human Uses Worldwide

To meet the SDGs, we need to understand regional hotspots of water scarcity, both in terms of water quantity and quality. This session focuses on the modelling of causes, impacts and solutions to reduce the gap between the supply and demand of clean water to ecosystem functioning and societal needs.

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Wetlands

SWWW 2018 Panel // Using Information Tools on Multifunctional Nature-based Solutions to Achieve SDGs

The implementation of the water- and interrelated SDGs calls for joint action by various stakeholder groups empowered by the provision of data, information and knowledge on Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) through modern easy-to-use information and communication tools. The objective of the event is to understand how information tools need to be designed to optimize and increase the use of multifunctional nature-based solutions.

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Stockholm World Water Week 2018 (SWWW) // Water, Ecosystems and Human Development

World Water Week is the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues. It is organised by SIWI. In 2018, World Water Week will address the theme “Water, ecosystems and human development.” In 2017, over 3,300 individuals and around 380 convening organisations from 135 countries participated in the event.

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SWWW 2018 Session // Parched Power: Water Challenges and Solutions for India's Power Sector

India’s demand for water will continue to grow, despite being an already water-stressed nation. Freshwater resources are already scarce in most parts of India. As India’s economy is projected to double by 2030, the country’s water demand is also expected to grow significantly across sectors. This event will feature think tanks as well as renewable energy development agencies, and describing the India’s power sector water risks assessment targeting governments and investors.

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