27.05.2013 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

Integrated Water Resources Management at the 2nd Asia Pacific Water Summit

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The 2nd APWS was held in Chianmai, Thailand from 16-20 May. It marks another step forward in Asia-Pacific leaders’ efforts and commitment to work in solidarity to identify and adopt solutions to water issues in the region. The 2nd APWS Leaders Forum offered a venue for leaders from Asian and Pacific countries, as well as international and regional development agencies, to network face-to-face and forge new partnerships on water security and water-related disaster challenges. The 2nd APWS Leaders Forum was preceded by Focus Area Sessions and Technical Workshops during which water-related senior officials, experts, stakeholders, other partners, and donors discussed water-related priority issues and to identify concrete solutions, commitments, and implementation in their respective jurisdictions and functional areas.

The main theme 2nd APWS was “Water Security and Water-Related Disaster Challenges: Leadership and Commitment”. UNESCO Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific and partners organized the following events:

  • Focus area session on “IWRM Process for a Water Secure World” (jointly organized by UNESCO, NARBO and GWP)
  • Technical workshop on IWRM1: Transboundary Data Sharing for Integrated Water Resources Management (organized by UNESCO/JICE)
  • Technical workshop on Capacity Building for IWRM Process (jointly organized by NARBO & UNESCO)

Summary of the Focus Area Session 6 (FAS6): IWRM Process for a Water Secure World (UNESCO)

Focus Area Session 6 (FAS6) addressed Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM). Panellists covered a wide range of issues, representing the complexity of the global water challenge and recognising that we need new ways to approach water issues. It was acknowledged that the post-2015 agenda needs to address global water challenges and establish measurable targets on IWRM beyond the present water supply and sanitation targets in the MDGs. In order to build transparent and trusted water plans we must advocate for an inclusive approach. Real water democracy, as well as top down and bottom up approaches are essential for implementing IWRM in river basins and aquifer systems. The IWRM approach must also be translated into easy to understand texts alongside education and capacity building to ensure wide implementation. UNESCO’s Spiral Approach to IWRM and the bench marking work of Global Water Partnership, ADB, NARBO and other partners should be adopted at all levels. The water planning books launched by UNESCO, AusAid, ADB and WWF during FAS6 also provide much needed knowledge base for better management of river basins.

Download IWRM for Water Security Beyond Water Supply and Sanitation Goals: A Challenge for the Post 2015 Agenda here

Download Transboundary Data Sharing For Integrated Water Resources Management. Technical Workshop at the 2nd Asia-Pacific Water Summit
18 May 2013, Chiang Mai, Thailand here

Further information:
Dr Shahbaz Khan; s.khan@unesco.org

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