Target 2.4.5: Green Accounting and Data Improvement: Critical Tools for Informed Decision Making and Sustainable Growth

13th March, 8:30-10:30 am

This session, which is coordinated by the UN World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP), will build on the current understanding of 'data for informed decision making' to make the case for 'data for sustainable development'. It will highlight activities of prominent organizations notably the European Environmental Agency and the UN Statistical Division towards improvement of the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting for Water (SEEAW) and draw on the experiences of a number of countries (China, Mexico, and the Netherlands). The session will emphasize policy-oriented messages for sustainable development.

Target CS3.6: Enabling Environments

13th March, 2:30-4:30 pm

Political and technical decision making related to water at the local, national, transboundary and regional levels needs to be well informed by scientific and social principles and data.  At the global level, there are few programs in place to measure, gather, process, analyze and share the kinds of data needed in policy making.  Essential quantitative and qualitative information has to be collected, validated and shared, in particular regarding on resources, access, treatment, cooperation, regulation, performance, related ecosystems, footprints, financial flows, and risk assessment. Therefore, appropriate and effective solutions that achieve this goal need to be developed to meet the global/local information needs of the water sector. This session will be a mediated panel discussion between data holders/producers and policy makers to develop a consensus on what is needed and is available right now and what is needed and can/must be made available in the long run to develop a global mechanism to measure, monitor and share scientific and social data.

Target 3.3.3: Scenario Based Global Water Outlook

13th March, 2:30-4:30 pm

The first World Water Outlook was published in 2000 at the time of the Second World Water Forum. Since 2000 the world has changed impressively: global environmental change and connectedness, economic changes associated to globalization and financial crises, and geopolitical changes due to the emergence of new power centers are among the most visible examples. Water demand has gone up dramatically with the growing population and economies, resulting in increased stress upon limited water resources.
The Target for the WWF-6 is to bring together in Marseille a consortium of institutions working on the preparation of the second scenario-based Global Water Outlook.  The objective is that Marseille acts as a magnet and stimulus for the Scenario project. A second important objective is that the sessions in WWF-6 will raise understanding and appreciation for the relevance and power, as well as the limitations of outlooks.

PFA 2.1 Groundwater: Can We Put the 'Integrated' in Integrated Water Resources Management?

13th March, 5:00-7:00 pm

This session will explore: 1) groundwater’s role in the context of IWRM, including case studies 2) the role of non-renewable groundwater in meeting the world’s freshwater needs, and how best to manage it 3) governance and management models for renewable and nonrenewable groundwater. The session will be concluded with the presentation of the WWAP-IHP UNESCO publication 'Groundwater and global change: trends, opportunities and challenges'.The timing of the UNESCO WWAP-IHP publication dovetails perfectly with the session’s focus on groundwater and IWRM. The publication presents the latest developments in knowledge of the world’s groundwater, trends in the exploitation and use of groundwater, changes in the views on groundwater and its management, and international aspects on groundwater. This will open the discussion around those aspects of groundwater that deserve to be taken into account on the world water agenda, their order of magnitude and geographical spread, and on problems and opportunities we face. The event will enhance awareness and knowledge  on how to better protect  and use this resource, in particular on how to mitigate problems resulting from  extreme climate variability and  pressures.

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