WWW 2013

Title: Bridging Boundaries through Multilevel Water Governance for Climate Adaptation
Event type: Seminar
Date: 2012-08-29
Time: 09:00 - 12:30
Convenor: International Union for the Conservation of Nature - Environmental Law Centre (IUCN-ELC)
Co-convenor: Environmental Law Institute (ELI), Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA), Convention of the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (UNECE) and United States Department of State
Room: T5


Event Description
The development of adaptive forms of governance and innovative, adaptation strategies and activities to increase resilience of communities and economies is fundamental for improving water governance at all levels. Strengthening planning, legal and management frameworks for adaptive water management, and creating or reinforcing institutional structures at all levels and building linkages among those levels and across sectors is instrumental in forming appropriate responses to the aforementioned challenges. This session will take an interactive approach and draw on participants' expertise to assess the governance challenges and opportunities facing the water sector at the local, national and transboundary levels in implementing effective adaptation to climate change as well as equitable and sustainable utilisation of freshwater. In addition, it will draw upon case studies from countries and basins in different geographic regions to highlight innovative practices and lessons from around the world.

This session will take an interactive approach and draw on participants' expertise to assess the governance challenges and opportunities facing the water sector at the local, national and transboundary levels in implementing effective adaptation to climate change as well as equitable and sustainable utilisation of freshwater. In addition, it will draw upon case studies from countries and basins in different geographic regions to highlight innovative practices and lessons from around the world. The primary audience is policy makers, government officials, relevant stakeholders and professionals working in the field at different administrative level and interested in water governance and adaptive management. Special attention will paid to the local level since experience on the ground could offer successful examples of cooperative and adaptive water management which could be replicated/scaled up at national and transboundary level.

Programme
09:00 Welcome and Introduction.
Ms. Jessica Troell, ELI

09:10 Bridging the Gap: The Challenge of Adaptive, Multilevel Water Governance.

10:00 Overview of Breakout Session: Process and Expected Output.
Mr. Juan Carlos Sanchez, IUCN

10:05 Facilitated Roundtable Discussions.

  • Mr. Luis Maeir, Fundacion Vida, Goascoran River Basin
  • The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Water Funds
  • IUCN
  • Mr. Cees van de Guchte, The Nederlands
  • Mr. John Mathews, AQWA
  • Mr. Guy Pegram, Pegasys - Africa
  • Ms. Jessica Troell, ELI
  • Mr. Alex Simalabwi, GWP
  • Ms. Kathleen Dominique, OECD
  • Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de Bolivia
  • Autoridad Nacional del Agua de Peru

11:00 Coffee Break

11:20 Report Back

11:50 Panel Discussion

  • Dr. Msibi, Southern African Development Community, Water Division
  • Mr. Tom Panela, ADB
  • Mr. Alistair Rieu-Clarke, IHP-HELP Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science, University of
    Dundee.

12:25 Rappertur and Close up.
Dr. Mark Smith, IUCN

12:30 Close of Seminar



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