The World Water Week (August 26-31 2012) is hosted and organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and takes place each year in Stockholm. Each year the World Water Week addresses a particular theme to enable a deeper examination of a specific water-related topic. The themes change each year, but each fits within a broader “niche” that covers several years. The niche for 2009-2012 is “Responding to Global Changes”, which looks at the potential and necessary responses in water policy, management and development to address pervasive and increasingly impacting global changes. The current series is ended with this years’ topic “Water and Food Security”. One of the workshop discusses “Governance for water and food security” and relates to the topics we discuss on this blog as well. The workshop is presented as follows:
Water is critical for food security, but also for energy, health and human security. An Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) approach has been promoted actively for the past 20 years, yet land and water management continues in a largely fragmented manner. Sound decisions that maximize water’s beneficial uses require partnerships and good governance based on comprehensive policies, good science and gender balanced involvement of all stakeholders, in public as well as private institutions. Governance decisions must lead to cost-effective Investments in the “3 I’s”: Institutions, Information and Infrastructure, that improve food security in a mutual gains approach with necessary trade-offs between water’s various beneficial uses. Institutions must enable sound decision-making and encourage participation of all stakeholders, including the private sector. The information upon which to base effective strategies, plans and decisions, including leading-edge input from the science-research community, must be available to the right persons at the right time. The resulting infrastructure must deliver benefits, including food security.
Which tools are available to enable sound decisions that lead to effective investments in the 3-I’s that maximize benefits from water management and development? Are there good examples of successful institutional arrangements? What essential information is required and how can its development be facilitated? What processes best enable the right investments in the infrastructure that really delivers improvements in livelihoods for water and food insecure individuals?
Please visit the website for more information and registration: http://www.worldwaterweek.org