World Water Week 2016: Water for Sustainable Growth and MENA Focus

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Aug 28 – Sep 2, 2016

Location:

Stockholm, Sweden

Venue:

Stockholm City Conference Centre | Norra Latin and Folkets Hus conference buildings

Organiser:

REC

Web:

http://www.worldwaterweek.org

Contact:

watersum@rec.org

Follow up event:

Third Water, Growth and Stability Conference
Apr 17–20, 2017

Third Water, Growth and Stability Conference Invitation
(PDF document)

The Regional Environmental Center (REC) will be attending this year's World Water Week and, with selected partners from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, will actively engage and host a cluster of activities within the scope of the  MENA Focus 2016.

The MENA Focus 2016 aims to enhance experience and knowledge sharing as well as to promote MENA priority issues in the global water agenda. Within this Year’s thematic scope ‘Water for sustainable growth’, the participants will address key issues that impede sustainable growth, and at the same time contribute to the global water agenda by showcasing replicable practices and lessons learnt.

This activity is a milestone of the Water Growth Stability Initiative (WGSIni) and is financed and produced under the framework of the WATER SUM project, implemented by the Regional Environmental Center and funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

The REC will host three events – SIWI Sofa: Water Growth Stability Initiative (WGSIni), World Café 2016, SIWI Sofa: Local Water Security Action Planning (LWSAP) – and an exhibition stand.

Press releases

A photo gallery with selected photos taken during World Water Week 2016 and during the events organised by the REC is available here.

SIWI Sofa: Water Growth Stability Initiative (WGSIni)

In a cross between a speakers’ corner and an interview studio, experts, decision makers and leaders will be interviewed live on a variety of water-related issues. In this session of the SIWI Sofa, the REC team will sit down with selected partners to talk about the Water, Growth and Stability Initiative.

A comprehensive summary of this SIWI Sofa session is available here.

 

Contact details
Mr. Danko Aleksic: DAleksic@rec.org
WATER SUM team: watersum@rec.org

World Café 2016: Water, Growth, Stability

The event will bring together representatives of central and local governments, regional bodies, NGOs, academia and businesses from the region. We expect to have a discussion following up the MENA Focus Day themes.

The event will kick off with a brief plenary session, during which discussion topics will be outlined while dividing participants into three working groups. The facilitated group discussions will focus on a background document and issue papers following three discussion topics:

  1. Governing water for sustainable growth (group 1)
  2. Water-related climate change mitigation and adaptation measures for sustainable growth (group 2)
  3. Water security action planning for sustainable growth: issues in the MENA region (group 3).

Working groups will be rotating on in intervals of 25-20-15 minutes while facilitators will stay at the respective area during the entire process and later support outcome's summary.

Expected discussion outputs

How MENA countries can contribute to the implementation of the water related SDGs and the new climate agreement, how MENA countries can address the cross cutting issues including migration, gender, youth and human rights, and how water related security issues could be most efficiently addressed.

A comprehensive summary of the World Café is available here.

Documents

For the work, participants are kindly requested to consult the following documents:

Contact details
WATER SUM Project team: watersum@rec.org

SIWI Sofa: Local Water Security Action Planning (LWSAP)

In a cross between a speakers’ corner and an interview studio, experts, decision makers and leaders will be interviewed live on a variety of water-related issues. In this session of the SIWI Sofa, the REC team will sit down with selected partners to talk about the Water, Growth and Stability Initiative.

The Regional Environmental Center launched a methodology for local water security action planning (LWSAP) in April 2016. The methodology is presented in a manual that offers a theoretically informed step-by-step guide to local water security action planning, emphasizing in particular the importance of inclusiveness and democratic decision making. The LWSAP methodology is an original methodology comprising seven interrelated activities, some supported by a separate tailored methodology, which cover stakeholder analysis, public opinion assessment, local water security assessment, and problem analysis and prioritisation.

A comprehensive summary of this SIWI Sofa session is available here.

Contact details
Mr. Danko Aleksic: DAleksic@rec.org
WATER SUM team: watersum@rec.org

WATER SUM – Water, Growth and Stability Initiative exhibition stand

Visitors and partners learned more about challenges and solutions in the MENA region. They met representatives of local communities and stakeholders, and became acquainted with our publications on local security action planning.

The programme’s activities and output materials are listed below.

Launch of the WATER SUM Drawing Competition

Meeting MENA stakeholders
Civil society organisations

Municipalities and delegations

WATER POrT consultants: learning more about the activities

Documents

For more details about the exhibition stand, please click here.

Contact details
Mr. Zsolt Bauer: zsbauer@rec.org
WATER SUM team: watersum@rec.org