event 29 Aug 2018 time 16:00

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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This event is part of the Stockholm World Water Week 2018.

Water cooperation mechanisms have moved beyond the purview of state diplomatic offices to operate at multiple levels of governance that involve local to intergovernmental basin stakeholders. Through innovative engagement tools, planning processes that include stakeholders from a variety of sectors, such as agriculture and energy, are laying the foundations for new paradigms in basin planning. Women and youth are participating in leadership and innovation in these processes. These new models include nexus planning and dialogues around benefit enhancements and trade-offs. They posit a direct link between inclusive governance and improved outcomes for humans, water

How are these efforts faring in practice? The session will be anchored around examples from practice and research across Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe. Speakers will include stakeholders and practitioners who will bring an array of perspectives to stimulate a debate among participants on whether and how stakeholder-inclusive, multilevel governance cooperation mechanisms can consolidate an understanding that conserving ecosystems is essential for humans to thrive in our increasingly water-insecure world.

Where and when

29 Aug 2018


Introduction and setting the scene

  • Dr Isabelle Fauconnier, Water Policy and Sustainability Advisor, IUCN

Stakeholder-Inclusive Benefit Opportunities Assessment in the Sio-Malaba-Malakisi Basin

  • Rose Ogara – Regional Manager, Water Resources Authority Lake Victoria North (Kenya)
  • Louis Mugisha – Team Leader, Kyoga Water Management Zone, Ministry of Water and Environment, (Uganda)

Audience Reaction Round 1

  • Moderator #1
    Lesha Witmer, Women for Water Partnership

Freshwater Health Assessment with Basin-level Stakeholders

  • Dr Derek Vollmer, Senior Director, Freshwater Science, Conservation International

Audience Reaction Round 2

  • Moderator #2
    Dr Chris Dickens, Principal Researcher, IWMI

16:50 -17:00
Women’s Inclusion in Transboundary Groundwater Resources Governance

  • Dr Alice Aureli, Chief - Groundwater Resources and Aquifer Systems Section, UNESCO IHP

Moderated Discussion with Audience

  • Discussants: Eileen Hofstetter, Deputy Head, Global Programme Water SDC
  • Natasha Westheimer, Senior Economic Development Associate, Office of the Quartet
  • Annemiek Jenniskens, Executive Director, WfWP

Closing Remarks

  • Mark Smith, Deputy Director General, IWMI


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