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”ASTANA WATER ACTION” (AWA)

Publié : Février 2012

 Governments and other stakeholders are invited to commit on a voluntary basis to implement some specific actions, taking into account the different situations in countries of the region and rely on analyses provided by the UNECE on the ”Sustainable management of water and water-related ecosystems”.

 

The presented actions include measures for a more effective valuation and protection of water-related ecosystems ; for addressing human health issues related to water quality and quantity ; for adapting water management to extreme weather events and to climate change ; for improving transboundary water management and for increasing water efficiency by different users. The Initiative encourages investments to reduce the impacts on water quantity and water quality, improve water and energy efficiency and to take account of the vulnerable populations.

 

* The SIAEAG Water Days

2-7 October 2011 - Guadeloupe – the Caribbean

 

As part of the ”SIAEAG” Water Days (Syndicate of Intermunicipal Water Sup ply and Sanitation of Guadeloupe), Guadeloupe hosted from 2 to 7 October 2011 two preparatory workshops for the World Water Forum in Marseilles :

* "Local water management and policies" chaired by Messrs. André Flajolet, French Deputy, Commissioner of the World Water Forum and Patrick Lavarde, Vice President of the Thematic Process Commission ;

* "Water management in the Outermost Regions of the European Union and cooperation with non-European neighboring countries", chaired by Mr. Daniel Chomet, President of the Basin Committee of the Martinique, and facilitated by Messrs Pierre Roussel, representative of the French Ministry of Ecology in the European regional process of the Forum and Jean-François Donzier, Coordinator of the European Regional Process, respectively IOWater President and General Manager.

 

Mrs. Jeanne Defoie, Director of the Regional Water Office of the Martinique, presented the project for the creation of a new “Islands Basin Network” within INBO.

 

* Preparatory Conference for RIO+20

19-20 October 2011 - Dushanbe Tajikistan

 

The Conference on "Towards the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) : Cooperation for Water" was held in Dushanbe (Tajikistan) on past 19 and 20 October, at the initiative of the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan and UN-Water.

 

Nearly 140 participants, water specialists and representatives of governments and international institutions took part in this conference.

 

Work focused on three points :

* Strengthening cooperation and dialogue to achieve the Millennium Development Goals ;

* Presentation of best practices from all over the world, in terms of cooperation at local, national and regional levels, to improve access to safe water and sanitation, and effective use of water resources for development and environmental protection ;

* Making recommendations on approaches and mechanisms to be implemented for a joint use of water resources in the basins of transboundary rivers, aquifers and lakes.

 

The recommendations and guidance document adopted at the end of the Conference will be presented in the program of the Rio+20 Conference to be held in Rio de Janeiro from 20 to 22 June 2012.

 

Jean-François Donzier, General Manager of IOWater, presented INBO Action Plan.

 

2013 was declared "International Year of Cooperation for Water" by the United Nations.

 

* WWF6 Regional Preparatory Meeting for Caucasus

14-15 November 2011 - Tbilisi - Georgia

 

The WWF6 Regional Preparatory Meeting for Caucasus, organized by the Regional Environmental Center for Caucasus, was held in Tbilisi (Georgia) on 14 and 15 November 2011.

 

Coordinator of the European Regional Process and Manager of the International Office for Water, Mr. Jean-François Donzier addressed the participants, reminding in his welcoming speech the importance of regional cooperation for the success of transboundary river management.

 

Participants came from three Caucasian countries - Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. The discussions led to the emergence and refinement of priority targets for the Caucasus region in terms of water management.

 

The parties thought the meeting very productive and very informative and agreed to advance regional cooperation and dialogue, related to the consumption increase and effects of climate change on the hydrological cycles, for facing future challenges.

 

 

French Development Agency

Capitalizing on the experience of Transboundary Basin Organizations

Integrated Transboundary Water Resources Management (IWRM), by appropriate governance and investment planned in the basin, is the key to sustainable use and conservation of natural resources. With fair sharing of resources and benefits, it helps prevent conflicts between uses and between States.

 

Transboundary Basin Organizations are the main framework for water resources management beyond national borders.

 

Such organizations were created decades ago in the basins of the Senegal River (OMVS) or Niger (NBA) and more recently of the Mekong (MRC), Congo (CICOS) and Volta (VBA).

 

A Water Resources Coordination Center (WRCC), of which one of the tasks is to promote basin’s water management, was created within the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in 2004.

 

French Cooperation supports these institutions through various projects, and by the presence of technical assistants specialized in IWRM.

 

Over the period 2011-2013, the French Development Agency has asked the International Office for Water to drive a project aiming to, through sharing of experience and capacity building, improve the functioning and effectiveness of the activities of the beneficiary institutions (NBA, VBA, WRCC, CICOS, OMVS, MRC), in support of the technical assistance provided to them.

 

The specific objectives are :

* Capitalization of each relevant experience and appropriation of best practices by the other institutions ;

* Support to and coordination of the French technical assistants working in the institutions ;

* Improving the strategic vision of their activities by the beneficiary institutions ;

* Organization of benchmarking, particularly on the following topics :

- Governance ;

- Looking for autonomous and sustainable financing ;

- Strategic planning and implementation of actions ;

- Optimization of monitoring.