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Ideas for collaborative stakeholder action plans on freshwater currently under development and discussion include the ones listed below. For more detailed information and if you are interested to join into partnerships on these issues, please contact Jasmin Enayati (jenayati@earthsummit2002.org).

 

Good governance

Develop a multi-stakeholder review of water supply strategies, which include different utilities (public, private, and their combinations) and their capacities to provide equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water and sanitation.

Possible event at the IC: To get a clear, shared understanding of the most important questions that need to be asked in the review, based on the needs, interests and views of the different stakeholder groups. Solicit precise input from stakeholder groups on relevant criteria through a number of presentations (e.g., efficiency, reliability, affordability, participation/good governance, ownership, adequate consideration of cultural context, beneficiaries, risk reduction strategies, equal responsibilities and benefits distribution between women and men, including distribution of work, paid opportunities and capacity building, etc

Possible event at the IC: To get a clear, shared understanding of the most important questions that need to be asked in the review, based on the needs, interests and views of the different stakeholder groups. Solicit precise input from stakeholder groups on relevant criteria through a number of presentations (e.g., efficiency, reliability, affordability, participation/good governance, ownership, adequate consideration of cultural context, beneficiaries, risk reduction strategies, equal responsibilities and benefits distribution between women and men, including distribution of work, paid opportunities and capacity building, etc

Possible Partners, including their interest / possible contribution to a review: Gender & Water Alliance, International Water Association, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, World Bank, International Federation of Agricultural Producers, International Council of Local Environmental Initiatives, UN Secretariat for the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR), Youth Water Action Team, UNESCO, Commonwealth Women’s Network.

Contributions from stakeholders:

1. Gender & Water Alliance: annual facts and figures report 2002 (on policies and institutions)

2. UN system wide World Water Report

3. Business: identify interest of business community; look at experience of different kinds of partnerships; contribution of data 

4. Water utilities: build on International Water Association’s series of “Independent Statements on good practice / basic principles of well-run utilities”, drawing on the experience of its members, many of whom have the task of delivering new water sector policies on the ground. In particular, during the recent IWA World Water Congress in Melbourne, the Utility Leaders Forum worked on framework statements for institutional structure and water service delivery.

5. ICLEI: contribution of data and strategies that are being applied in different cities; interested in disseminating information

6. Governments (e.g. Switzerland, Canada)

7. Scientists

8. Commonwealth Women’s Network: interested in regulatory frameworks / role of consumers in regulation; build on 6-years regional work related to model of state ownership and private management in which stakeholders have a voice

9. International Strategy for Disaster Reduction: aspects relevant to review could be included in national questionnaires (via country focal points) 

10. take into account WaterAid / ODI ongoing activities on water and sanitation aspects of PRSPs, incl. Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Uganda and Kenya. High-level conference in May 2002 to present these findings (end of Phase I of research project)

11. Local communities, eg in national and regional hearings

(more detail / PDF)

 

Capacity-building

Water Wise campaigns: There is a growing understanding that the ‘social’ aspects of water services are as important as the technical, financial & legal aspects. Many technically orientated projects have failed due to the lack of appropriate ‘social’ interventions. The changing mindset in this regard needs to be backed up with commitment to providing adequate resources (financial and human) to a relevant range of action programmes and research for ongoing improvements in this arena.

The aim of this Action Plan is to build capacity for improved community relations, social marketing and education programmes and to maximize the synergy of all stakeholders working together to achieve this aim, It is recognized that we have to move from token activities to constructive and deeper engagement with customers and recipients of services, and to move from mere awareness-raising activities to comprehensive, positive behaviour change programmes.

The objective of this Action Plan is to develop and implement a 1-3 year pilot education and behaviour change campaign in the Gauteng province in South Africa addressing the value of water and its sustainable use. A comprehensive group of stakeholders are to be included for the most inclusive and effective long term results and return on investment.

Participants at the Implementation Conference will include a full range of international and South African potential stakeholders. 

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Local Government Freshwater Capacity Building in the Asia Pacific

The mission of the partnership initiative shall be to strengthen and build capacity in freshwater resources management in the Asia Pacific region. The following specific objectives have been set for the period of this partnership:

1. To increase water quality in local municipalities and their catchments

2. To increase the efficiency and sustainability of water resources management

3. To share practical local government experiences in improved freshwater resources management

This program shall use the practical experiences gained by a core of local governments to assist their peers to achieve the following milestones:

1. Inventory and forecast direct and indirect impacts on water resources.

2. Establish targets for water quality and water quantity.

3. Develop and obtain approval for a Local Water Action Plan.

4. Implement policies and measures.

5. Monitor and report results.

At the IC we will bring together Local Authorities representatives from Australia, which have started this process with LA representatives from the Asian pacific region where this process has not started yet.

The aim is to involve NGOs and women's organisation for community based assessments in order to develop the Local Water Action Plans; as well as water professionals, and business and industry to be involved in developing targets and indicators. Roles and responsibilities of stakeholders have to be identified at each level ('milestones').

Champion: Bowdin King, ICLEI

Possible Partners: WBCSD, International Water Association, Women's grassroots organisations, CBOs, Local Governments, UNEP - IETC.

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Water and Health

Water borne disease eradication in the Limpopo basin through advocacy. Focus on eradication of diarrhoea (population 9 million, 20.000 deaths per year) in the Limpopo basin (South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana) via participative communication strategies and gender empowerment.

IC event: establish a pilot design and group commitment to implement the pilots

Possible Partners: Group for Environmental Monitoring, NAWISA (Network for Advocacy on water issues in Southern Africa), ADDCAG (Anti-diarrhoeal diseases co-advocacy group with WHO and IUCN as observer), SADC (Southern African development community), RandWater, Suez, SSP / GROOTS.

Dr Quentin Espey, Group for Environmental Monitoring, would be interested in championing this idea. The aim is to target catchment management structures at each level that will form task teams at these various levels to work out solutions for water-borne diseases. 

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Gender Mainstreaming

Development and Implementation of New, Improved and Tailored Methodologies, Tools and Materials for Training and Capacity Building on Mainstreaming Gender in IWRM.

The aim of this partnership is to build capacity of GWA members and their partners for mainstreaming gender in IWRM. New methods, tools and materials for gender mainstreaming shall be introduced, adjusted and tailor made for specific use of other stakeholders - e.g. local governments, private sector, trade unions, industry etc. for mainstreaming gender.

Champion: Jennifer Francis, Gender & Water Alliance

Possible Partners: ICLEI, WaterAid, Trade Unions / Public Services International, Global Water Partnership, National Wildlife Federation, international agencies, governments, universities, research institutes, grassroots women's associations.

The working session at the Implementation Conference should finalise details and launch the partnership. We will have a plenary for a wider public to introduce the project and identify stakeholders’ roles and responsibilities, and small working group sessions that shall identify interested parties who want to be part of the global, regional or country level coordinating team, identify institutions/organisations interested as clients for our courses and willing to send their staff for training etc.

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Creating a Global Rainwater Harvesting Collective

Establish a multi-stakeholder group with legal status, located preferably in the South. A Global Collective would identify countries, regions and locations where the RWH structures will have an immediate impact in the quality of life of the rural poor, locate partners with a proven record in implementing grass root drinking water projects and apply and receive funds from all sources who believe that RWH is a viable cost effective alternative to providing access to drinking water in non-potable areas around the world

The purpose of the event at the IC is to make stakeholders aware of rainwater harvesting and get the mandate of the stakeholders for a Global Collective. At a smaller meeting at the IC , the formal founding of the Collective shall be achieved.

The Action Plan is championed by Bunker Roy, Barefoot College, India

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Safe Water for All Public Water System (SWaFAS)

Determine the feasibility and competitiveness of the SWaFAS and if successful support its deployment. This is about the wide adoption of a low tech, low cost, local solution to water supply, particularly in areas of inadequate and discontinuous supply. The technology, which is freely available, uses cheap microbore pipe with simple flow control, which enables local water to be supplied safely and reliably. The idea is to use a number of pilot projects to demonstrate and report on the feasibility of the idea.

The IC will establish a pilot design and group commitment to implement the pilots.

Champion: David Triggs, Independent Consultant / SWaFAS designer

Partners: Ondeo Suez, Water Utilities (e.g. RandWater), SSP / GROOTS

Ondeo has several new contracts and are seeking a systematic approach, offering a variety of different solutions. They are therefore compiling a list of alternative solutions including SWaFAS in their "Catalogue de Services". They are proposing to carry out surveys to determine the local community's willingness to pay for the different options. They are using the services of Hydroconseil as consultants and so SWaFAS’ success within Ondeo will depend on how receptive Hydroconseil are to the idea. These surveys are meant to be launched once they have sufficient social and economic data.

Main locations: Casablanca, Manaus, Jakarta (where they have a contract for the West of the city and Thames have one for the East), possibly Johannesburg

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Public-Public Partnerships

Strengthen public water systems through public-public partnerships, aimed at developing and developed countries. The aim is to create a broader space to strengthen public water systems.

IC event: Bringing together businesses, union representatives, NGOs from Brazil, Germany and South Africa to learn from each other’s experiences, draw out strengths and weaknesses of public water systems.

Organisations: Rio Grande del Sul, FMU Water Union, Consumer Association, Greens.

Champion: Public Services International

Possible Partners: Business, Unions, NGOs, Consumer Associations

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