WWW 2013

Title: Lessons from Public-Private-Civil Society Partnerships to Address Shared Water Risk
Event type: Seminar
Date: 2012-08-30
Time: 14:00 - 17:30
Convenor: Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany (BMZ) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
Co-convenor: SABMiller, The Coca-Cola Company, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), UN Global Compact and United Nations CEO Water Mandate
Room: K22

Event Description
The past five years has seen an emergence of global-level discussions, tools and services attempting to aid companies and investors in understanding water risks and how to mitigate them. Despite much activity and hype, genuine action by the private sector to help address water risks is still rare. Water risks occur at the watershed level and are usually shared by society, causing secondary, more complex risks to emerge for business. Their root causes are often institutional factors, highly linked to the local political economy. Therefore, water risks can only really be understood and mitigated at a watershed level, through partnerships between business, government and civil society. Such partnerships can co-invest in green or grey infrastructure, help reduce society's impact on water resources, help to accelerate the implementation of public policy or strengthen water governance. However, such partnerships are both uncommon and complex. Implementing them in a genuinely sustainable and impactful way is an art. This highly interactive seminar will provide insights into the experiences and lessons of public sector-private sector-civil society partnerships designed to mobilise collective action to address shared water risks and present exciting opportunities for actors to engage. 

The Water Futures Approach to Mitigating Shared Water Risks

14:00 Chair's Opening and Introduction.
Mr. Franz Marré, BMZ, Germany

14:10 Water as a Business Risk and the Corporate Case for Action.
Mr. David Grant, SABMiller, UK

14:15 Shared Water Risks from the Conservation Perspective.
Dr. Dave Tickner, WWF, UK

14:20 The Water Futures Partnership - The Global-local Approach to Addressing Water Risk.
Mr. Robin Farrington, GIZ, Germany

14:25 Q&A

Water Stewardship in Action: Short Case Studies

14:35 Galvanising Collective Action for Aquifer Sustainability in Peru.
Mr. Michael Rosenauer, GIZ, Germany

14:45 Supply Chains and Ecosystems: Shared Resilience in the Face of Water Scarcity in the Western Cape.
Ms. Christine Colvin, WWF, South Africa and Mr. Andre Fourie, SAB Ltd, South Africa

14:55 Partnerships for Shared Water Security - Experiences from the Mining sector.
Ms. Samantha Hoe-Richardson, Anglo-American, UK

15:05 The Water-Energy Nexus and Business Case for Investing in Public Infrastructure.
Mr. Bob Kleynjan, Sasol and Mr. Lenka Thamae, ORASECOM (tbc), South Africa

15:15 Discussion with panel

15:45 Coffee Break

Distilling Lessons from Implementation

16:10 A Critical Look at Lessons from the Water Futures Partnership and Other Water Stewardship Approaches.
Mr. Ken Caplan, Building Partnerships for Development in Water and Sanitation, UK

16:20 Launch of the CEO Water Mandate Guide to Collective Action.
Mr. Jason Morrison, CEO Water Mandate, USA, and Mr. Rob Greenwood, Ross Strategic, USA

16:30 Q&A 

Looking Forward: Water Stewardship's Role in Water Security and Opportunities to Engage

16:40 Getting More Effective: A Vision for Partnerships to Address Shared Water Risks.
Mr. Greg Koch, The Coca-Cola Company, USA

16:45 What Role Can Water Stewardship Play in Southern Africa's Water Security?
Mr. Phera Ramoeli, SADC Water, Botswana (tbc)

16:55 Opportunities to Engage: The Water Futures Initiative.
Mr. Robin Farrington, GIZ, Germany and Mr. David Grant, SABMiller, UK

17:05 Discussion with Panel

17:25 Concluding Remarks and Close.
Mr. Franz Marré, BMZ, Germany

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