GWP Strategy Towards 2020

2017.12.12 10:46:09 | 126
CategoryWater Security
Department Global Water Partnership
Published Date 2014
Author Global Water Partnership
Publisher Global Water Partnership
Pages 28
Language English
ISBN 978-91-87823-00-8
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GWP_Strategy_Towards_2020.pdf

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Foreword
Since its inception in 1996, the Global Water Partnership (GWP) family of Partners has helped countries around the world to recognise the principles that underpin good water management. Collectively, they have contributed to developing a stronger enabling environment of policies and laws; building more appropriate institutional frameworks; and sharing, adopting, and adapting management instruments and tools. A change in thinking and action has steadily taken place. We must continue to build on this progress towards improved water resources management and development for sustainable and inclusive growth. We should learn from experience and increase our collective efforts by focusing on solutions that address water resources issues at all levels.
This Strategy builds on GWP’s previous work and achievements. It was developed through a year-long process of regional dialogues and consultations with all of our Partners. It addresses the gaps and concerns that our Partners identifi ed, and it has benefi tted from advice and contributions from GWP’s Technical Committee and GWP global secretariat staff. The Strategy identifi es GWP’s role within the evolving global water scene over the next six years, based on our unique capacity to provide a neutral and creative space. It recognises new and modifi ed paradigms. The Green Economy/Growth and the Water–Energy–Food Nexus have become subjects of international debate, reinforcing the need for an integrated approach to water management.
But the conceptual attractiveness of paradigms is not enough. They must be applicable in a fast-changing world. So, beyond the theory, GWP’s long-standing challenge – improving water security – remains. It is about stewardship of water resources for the benefi t of societies and the environment. It is a public responsibility that requires dynamic, adaptable, participatory, and equitable planning. It is about coordination and sharing. Multisectoral approaches are needed to adequately address the threats and opportunities relating to water resources management in the context of climate change, rapid urbanisation, and growing disparities. Many complex processes are involved, and consistency and long-term commitment is needed in order to succeed.
This Strategy identifi es three goals: formulating and advocating evidence-based policies; generating and sharing knowledge; and supporting change through partnerships. They are interdependent and we will work towards them together to ensure an integrated approach, and they will guide our activities at all levels. Six thematic areas are identifi ed about which we will seek awareness of their interdependencies with water security in order to identify a substantive set of insights that can provide a basis for action.
Successfully implementing the Strategy requires a dynamic and responsive Network of Partners, rigorous planning and monitoring, and fi nancial resources. I am confi dent that this Strategy will guide GWP’s work during the next six years and I hope that the investments made by so many in its effective implementation will provide a stepping stone out of water insecurity for millions of people. This is particularly vital for the poorest people, who are most vulnerable to the risks of water scarcity, confl icts, and water disasters.
Achieving water security means meeting the needs of both humans and ecosystems. It requires fundamental changes in values, beliefs, perceptions, and political positions, not just among water management institutions, but among all stakeholders. Progress may be slow and questions complex but there really is no alternative to a water secure world for the future of humanity. We must meet the challenge.

 

Dr Ursula Schaefer-Preuss
Chair of Global Water Partnership

 


1 The water challenge..................................................................................................................... 5
2 Global Water Partnership ............................................................................................................. 7
3 Our vision................................................................................................................................... 10
4 Our mission................................................................................................................................ 11
5 The strategic goals ..................................................................................................................... 13
Goal 1: Catalyse change in policies and practice ...................................................................... 14
Goal 2: Generate and communicate knowledge ........................................................................ 16
Goal 3: Strengthen partnerships .............................................................................................. 18
6 The thematic areas ..................................................................................................................... 20
Climate resilience and water security ....................................................................................... 21
Transboundary water security ................................................................................................... 21
Food and water security ........................................................................................................... 22
Energy and water security ........................................................................................................ 23
Urbanisation and water security ............................................................................................... 23
Ecosystems and water security................................................................................................. 24
7 Delivering the Strategy ............................................................................................................... 25

 


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