Core Theme:

Integrated Water Resource Management

General Themes:

Water as a Social and Economic Good

Water and Agriculture

Hazards 

Water as a Basic Need

Institutions, governance and public participation

Advocacy and capacity building

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ngo MAJOR GROUP Workshops at THE Second World water forum

The NGO Workshops (18th and 19th March) aimed to focus the NGO position on the World Water Vision (WWV) and Framework For Action (FFA) documents. The results were presented as an NGO declaration to the Ministerial Conference at the Forum and a report to the UN Commission on Sustainable Development 8th session in April.

The workshops followed the central themes of the World Water Council and Global Water Partnership documents and sought to reflect the key issues addressed by the Ministerial Conference at the Forum. The workshops included case studies of good practice, specialist presentations and open discussion. Participants looked at how NGOs and other organisations are currently undertaking to realise sustainable practice in these areas and assessed opportunities for future collaborations and policy recommendations.  

Core theme: 

Integrated Water Resource Management: Making Water Everyone's Business

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"the over-riding goal of the vision to action process is to stimulate and encourage Integrated Water Resource Management"

Framework for Action "Preview" document 

Taking the central themes of the Framework for Action and World Water Vision documents this multi-stakeholder panel discussion examined the concepts and practice of river basin integrated water resource management and of making water everyone's business.  Panelists included: Turkil Jonch-Clausen (Global Water Partnership), Austen Davies (Medicins Sans Frontiers), Rocio Cordoba (IUCN - Central America) and Ranil Senanayake (Neosynthesis Research Centre Sri Lanka)*Reema Nanvathy (Self Employed Women's Association, India).   It covered issues such as holistic development and management; regulation; demand orientated approaches; how to balance users and resources and trans-boundary issues. 

Background papers

Workshop Themes

Water as a social and economic good  

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The World Water Vision promotes the advantages of full cost recovery for water and sanitation services. This multi-stakeholder panel discussed public-private partnerships for the provision of sanitation services and cover issues pertinent for the NGO community such as: - water monopolies, water privatisation, transparency, full cost recovery and subsidies. Panellists included Libby Woods (International Institute for Environment & Development), John Briscoe (World Bank), Jim Lamb (Severn Trent plc), Steven Bloomfield (UNISON/PSI-UK) and Professor Vijay Paranjype (Econet, India), Medha Patkar (Narmada Bachao Andolan, India).

Water and Agriculture

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It is vital that 'blue revolution' technologies aimed at more 'crop per drop' do not over-ride sustainable agriculture technologies. This workshop examined biotechnology, irrigation management, technology transfer, watershed depletion, equitable use of water resources and food security at a local level. Presented by the NGO 'Kudumbam' from Tamil Nadu, India, and the Catholic Institute for International Relations (UK).

Hazards

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With each year the urgent need for international strategies of hazard avoidance, preparation and mitigation increases. This session was intended to mirror one of the themes tabled for debate by the Ministers and covered the prevention and mitigation of hazards to the environment and human health that result from groundwater pollution, floods, drought and climate change. Presented by Medicins Sans Frontier (Aral Sea), Ecote (Ukraine), NGO Forum for Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation (Bangladesh)

Water as a Basic Need

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This workshop will discuss why access to water is considered to be a basic right and the responsibilities this confers on the water users. It will cover the role of customary law and other administrative methods for protecting access to water. A case study presentation, it examined the negotiation of access rights between pastoralists and agriculturists Kenya and the role of customary laws in Burkina Faso. Presented by Cranfield University (UK), Friends of Nomads International (Kenya), Green Cross Burkina Faso.

Governance and Public Participation

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This session addressed practical issues concerning the decentralisation and local management of water resources such as: trans-boundary management, stakeholder participation and effective decision making. Background papers were presented by WaterAid and World Humanity Action Trust. Case study presentations came from the Mountain Resources Management Group (Nepal) and Pronet (Ghana).

NGO Advocacy and Capacity Building

This extended workshop was facilitated by WaterAid, intended as a practical skills based session following on from the policy debate.  The objective was to define actions that NGOs can undertake individually and collectively at all levels for advocacy the in water and sanitation sector and included sessions on 'Research for Advocacy' and Capacity Building'.

 


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