At SIWI Sofa in Stockholm, water and security at local level take the spotlight

September 1, 2016 | By Valerio Ponzo

In this second SIWI Sofa session, which took place during World Water Week 2016 in Stockholm (you can read about the first one here), international water experts and stakeholders met with host Eric Paglia to discuss key water security challenges; actions for improved water management in selected local communities across the MENA region; and the impact of the local water security action planning (LWSAP) methodology developed and employed within the framework of the WATER SUM project.

The main messages conveyed during the session are outlined below:

  • The availability, accessibility, affordability and quality of water are interlinked challenges for the water management sector.
  • The LWSAP methodology developed by the REC is not a stand-alone tool: it is available for the wider public and is applicable in other countries both within the MENA region and beyond.
  • The water planning sector is progressively transitioning towards a hybrid scheme where technical professionals and policy makers must work together to achieve concrete results. The LWSAP methodology, with its inclusive, multi-stakeholder approach, is therefore a part of the transition towards new principles for water planning.
  • It is at the local level that citizens can perceive water management to be well considered and functioning.
  • The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) encourages and appreciates teaming up with partners to develop methodologies that are also applicable outside the region for which they were initially developed.
  • Local actors have been considerably empowered through the LWSAP process.

The following SIWI Sofa guests are featured during this segment:

  • Dr. Anders Jägerskog, Counsellor, Regional Development Cooperation, Water Resources, Embassy of Sweden in Amman
  • Dr. Radoje Lausevic, Deputy Executive Director, Regional Environmental Center (REC)
  • Prof. Chad Staddon, Resource Economics and Policy, University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol, UK
  • Mr. Mufleh Al Abbadi, Programme Manager, Water and Climate Change Programme, IUCN-ROWA