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World Water Week 2021

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Date: 23/08/2021 – 27/08/2021
Venue: Online

We are looking forward to taking part in this year’s fully digital SIWI World Water Week, with the theme Building Resilience Faster.

To make societies and ecosystems more resilient and reduce climate risks, we need to safeguard and restore wetlands – the essential systems that supply and purify water, protect our shores, sequester carbon, ensure livelihoods, and support abundant and unique nature all over the world. We will be participating in various key events throughout World Water Week that show how we inspire, mobilise and upscale ecosystem-centric resilience in wetland landscapes, by integrating innovative water solutions through multi-stakeholder participation and bottom-up approaches. Take a look below to explore the sessions, and register for World Water Week using the button below.

Monday, 23 August

Climate Smart Transboundary River Basin Development
Time: 8.00 – 9.00 CEST
Summary: This event will reflect on the capacity of River Basin Organizations for preparing bankable climate action proposals for transboundary basin development as part of a global dialogue on financing climate action through the water sector. Wetlands International will present a practical example of supporting stakeholders on the ground to leverage and mobilize additional resources for climate change action within the planning and management basin wide frameworks.
Co-conveners: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH | International Union for Conservation of Nature | NBI – Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Program | United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

Climate Action Pathway to 2050 through Water
Time: 19:00 – 20:00 CEST
Summary: The Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action partners will present the Climate Action Pathway for Water, which lays out the vision for a 1.5-degree climate-resilient world by 2050 and sets out the transformational water actions and milestones needed to achieve that future. As Spotlight project, Apri Susanto Astra from Wetlands International Indonesia presents our Building with Nature project in Indonesia that restores Java’s eroded mangrove coastline and our efforts to upscale Building with Nature in Indonesia and wider Asia in collaboration with the Indonesian government and our partners. Building with Nature contributes to the ” Protect and Restored Water Resources and Ecosystems” impact area of the Pathway.
Co-conveners: Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA) |CDP Worldwide | IUCN | Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action | Stockholm International Water Institute | UNFCCC

Tuesday, 24 August

Rainforestation: Cagayan de Oro River Basin, Philippines
Time: 8.00 – 9.00 CEST
Summary: We share the approach of the Cagayan de Oro River Basin Management Council and its Partners, particularly the Hineleban Foundation, Incorporated, in building resilient societies by supporting rainforestation for forest restoration in Lirongan, Bukidnon and promoting financial landscape investment from various sources for forest restoration through integrated river basin management.
Co-conveners: Vitens Evides International

Water Resource Management for WASH: strengthening communities for climate resilience
Time: 10.00 – 11.25 CEST
Summary: Climate vulnerability and resilience (CVR) is a cross-cutting theme within the Netherlands WASH SDG programme. This session provides interactive, virtual field visits to successful IWRM interventions where participants are invited to interact with community members and programme staff. In Ethiopia we will showcase catchment restoration and in Uganda, constructed wetlands.
Co-conveners: Amref Health Africa | Government of the Netherlands | RAIN foundation | Simavi | WASH Alliance International | WASH SDG Consortium

Wednesday, 25 August

Inclusive practices in water climate adaptation
Time: 13.00 – 14.00 CEST
Summary: Social inclusion in water climate adaptation contributes to better, more equitable solutions for water challenges. In this session, different practical approaches for improving social inclusion will be discussed. Wetlands International will participate as a panelist, responding to practical case studies and stakeholder experiences from water climate adaptation, to help partners improve social inclusion in practice.
Co-conveners: Deltares | Government of the Netherlands | World Bank Group

Thursday, 26 August

Private Public Potential: incremental project innovations for resilience and impact
Time: 7.00 – 8.25 CEST
Summary: The 40+ projects, 150 million Euro Netherlands Sustainable Water Fund (SWF) contributes to today’s challenges by disseminating its key lessons learned. With a special focus to WASH, IWRM and Water Efficiency in agriculture, SWF provides a wealth of practical insights in private and public sector involvement in water, Covid-19 mitigating, public health and climate change adaptation that are essential for boosting resilience in nature and societies. Wetlands International will be discussing how the soft side of collaboration in private public potential is critical for integrated resilience.
Co-conveners: Government of the Netherlands | Solidaridad | Vergnet Hydro | Vitens Evides International

Scaling bankable peatland projects for water security
Time: 14.00 – 15.00 CEST
Summary: Healthy peatlands are critical for water security as well as for mitigating and adapting to climate change. Moreover, peatlands generate important benefits for people, businesses and nature. Yet, these ecosystems are being lost at unprecedented rates. Collective action is needed to replicate and scale bankable projects in these important ecosystems. The goal of this interactive session is to harness support for solutions that reconcile peatland values with economic and social goals and to develop a path for replication and scale up.
Co-conveners: Global Peatlands Initiative | Greifswald Mire Centre | International Union for Conservation of Nature | IUCN UK Peatlands Programme | South Pole

Friday, 27 August

Keeping economies above water: Water resilience as national economic strategy
Time: 10.00 – 11.00 CEST
Summary: As part of the Water Resilience for Economic Resilience (WR4ER) alliance, Wetlands International worked closely with conveners to help shape this session, which will explore how countries can develop national economic resilience strategies that reflect the insights gained from the practice and policy of water resilience. 
Conveners: Alliance for Global Water Adaptation | Asian Development Bank | Deltares | Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, UK | Ministry of Ecological Transition, Spain | Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, The Netherlands | Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development | World Bank Group