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LAC Focus: The Future of Water in Latin America
Water is essential to sustainable development. It is a vital resource for key economic activities such as energy production, mining and agriculture. However, it is a scarce resource. Trade-offs between water conservation, infrastructure investments, water service provision and economic growth must be balanced to achieve sustainable development.
Using results-based financing to connect the poor: who, where, why?
The event will showcase RBF/OBA as an innovative financing mechanism to help water development practitioners target the poor. It will address two of the major challenges highlighted in the themes of this year’s forum; 1) extending water services to the poorest of the poor and other disadvantaged groups and 2) leveraging partnership among important stakeholders, including governments, public and private utilities, NGOs, communities and commercial lenders.
Don’t cheat on us! Gender dimensions in water corruption
Women and men’s unequal access to and control over resources, development benefits and decision-making related to water is widely recognised. Despite their important role in water management, women are often underrepresented in decision making related to water management and services – partly as a result of social and cultural norms.
LAC Focus: The Future of Water Services in Latin America
Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) is a highly urbanized region with more than 80% of its population living in urban areas. It is also home to some of the more dynamic economies in the world with a growing middle class that demand more and better services. However, the region also faces large income disparities between and within countries.
LAC Focus: Understanding Human Right to Water and Sanitation
The Human Right to Water and Sanitation approach must be an integral part of the Post-2015 development agenda and discussions. Latin America and the Caribbean is the region with the most countries that explicitly reference this right in their national legislation or constitutions (Uruguay, Bolivia, Nicaragua, and Ecuador, among others).
Scaling WASH Markets: Evolving roles of corporates, NGOs, and donors
As we look at the rapidly changing landscapes of emerging markets, more innovative, flexible partnerships are needed to finance WASH market development at scale. This workshop will feature a case study of an ongoing partnership between a flexible, catalytic donor (Grand Challenges Canada), NGO practitioner (iDE), and an international corporate partner (Kohler) in an effort to bring safe drinking water to the BoP markets.
Complexities with Water pricing and governance
This workshop is aimed at sharing a number of dimensions that pertain to different levels of governance which addresses national and regional economic paradigms that depend on water and its role in the economy and its pricing policies.Water pricing as an instrument of water management has been experimented with in many countries with varying degrees of success. Some have been in the context of well thought through national policies, and others on an ad hoc basis.
LAC Focus: Achieving the SDG for Water in Latin America
2015 is the target year for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). From 1990 to 2014, more than 200 million people gained access to safe water and sanitation in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). However, more than 30 million and 120 million still lack access to these basic services respectively.
Communicating Resilience: Interactive narratives on urban flooding and water stress
Many of the factors that influence vulnerability and resilience to urban flooding, water stress and wider patterns of climate change in urban areas emerge as a consequence of interactions that cross scales from the regional or watershed to the urban neighborhood and ultimately household level. While development actors have tended to focus on vulnerabilities and management possibilities at relatively large urban or watershed scales, responses within households, businesses and neighborhoods are widespread. These emergent adaptive responses influence and are influenced by actions at higher scales.
Rainwater – Sky’s the limit! Stockholm Water Prize Seminar 2015
Celebrating its 25th year, Stockholm Water Prize is the world’s most prominent award for outstanding water achievements. Water is undoubtedly one of the most precious productive resources on our planet. It is by necessity used on a daily basis by everyone for almost everything. Even if many of us don’t use more than around 100 liters directly, enormous amounts of water is embedded in the goods and services that nourish, maintain and entertain us.
Financing for Development: Innovative Financial Mechanisms for the Post-2015 Agenda
2015 is the target year for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). From 1990 to 2012, 2.3 billion people globally have gained access to improved water sources and almost 2 billion to improved sanitation. However, more than 700 million people, mostly in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, still use unimproved drinking water sources; and some 2.5 billion people unimproved sanitation facilities.
Getting Water in COP21: The Economics of Water and Climate
It is widely acknowledged that water is at the front lines of climate change. It is the primary channel through which the impacts of climate change will be felt across the key growth drivers of the global economy –agriculture, energy, industry, environment, and the urban sector.
Landscape approaches for sustainable development, water and land resource management
A main driver of rural landscape change is the rapid agricultural expansion and intensification required to satisfy increased food/fiber/feed demands. In the quest to reach effective land management for best possible use of natural resources, landscape approaches are becoming widely used, often in the agriculture and forestry sector. It is used to analyze growing pressures on our natural resources, to identify needs of present and future generations and how these can best be met.
Changing behaviors to build systems that last: SWA’s evolving strategy
The quest for equitable, inclusive and sustainable sanitation and water for all relies on the establishment of strong sector systems. Recognizing this, and building on Sanitation and Water for All’s (SWA) success to date, SWA partners are refining their strategy to put country processes at the heart of their work.
Can we honestly measure rural WASH impact and sustainability?
There is sometimes a reluctance to revisit WASH projects after completion. There is often a perception that sustainable impact may be limited. We present the challenge of all rural WASH actors to measure impact and sustainability of projects and not just at project completion – but at least several years after completion. We will include an example from the IFRC’s Look Back Study undertaken several years after a project’s completion. Currently, IFRC, within its Global Water and Sanitation Initiative (2005–2025) oversees more than 400 projects worldwide.
Exploring urban sanitation at the nexus of government and enterprise
This event will be facilitated by USAID and WSUP. It will feature three 15 minute technical presentations, followed by a game that will encourage participants to explore the nexus between government and enterprise for improved urban sanitation service delivery.
Innovative initiatives maximising finance to implement Sustainable Development Goals
This event highlights new initiatives that will play a key role in mobilising finance toward Sustainable Development Goals and maximising its impact.
Gender sensitive indicators in sanitation and wastewater planning and implementation
Women and girls are differently affected by inadequate sanitation and wastewater management than men and boys due to their biological differences but also due to their gender roles. Women and Girls are predominantly responsible for hygiene and daily duties in the household. Also women and girls are more vulnerable endangered to become victims of sexual harassment if safe sanitation facilities are not in place.
Establishing a market for water – International perspectives
Under changing climate conditions, a water market provides a mechanism for reallocating water between users. This mechanism can help achieve water security particularly in arid climates experiencing water scarcity or with a variable river system. An active water market ensures that water available in a given year will go towards its most productive use.
Portfolio Investment Approach to Community Water Systems: An Interactive Discussion
Globally over US$15B in external support was committed to water and sanitation in 2012, primarily funding drinking water. However, many water systems fail prematurely: 30-60% of rural water supply schemes are not functioning at any given time and many more operate sub-optimally, partly due to poor understanding of their financial viability at project inception.
Managing Climatic Extreme Events: Global Water Resources in Emergency Situations
One third of the global population depends on groundwater for their drinking water, in arid and semi-arid areas the dependency is between 60 and 100%. About 40% of the world’s food is produced by groundwater-irrigated farming. While surface water is more vulnerable to pollution and climatic variations, groundwater plays a vital role for water and food security. But this security might be at risk by natural hazards like floods and droughts.
2015 signifies great possibilities for global development, a set of Sustainable Development Goals will be decided at the UN General Assembly High-Level Summit in September 2015, a new global climate deal is anticipated at the 21st Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris in December, and a Post-2015 Disaster Risk Reduction Framework will be developed. The synergies between the UN processes and the need for water considerations in these deliberations is substantial.