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WRI Events at World Water Week 2018: Water, Ecosystems and Human Development

World Water Week is the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues.

Organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)World Water Week is a unique opportunity for individuals around the world— from experts and decision-makers to young professionals—to discuss the world's most pressing water issues and identify promising solutions. In 2017, over 3,300 individuals and 380 convening organizations from 135 countries participated in the Week.

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WRI looks forward to attending and engaging in this year's World Water Week. Our staff will participate in the following events:

Advancing water reforms through the open government partnership

When: Sunday, August 26, 11:00-12:30 CEST

Where: NL Music Hall (456)

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) provides a targeted mechanism for bringing together government officials and civil society to create specific commitments that improve water service delivery. The seminar will focus discussion around the need for a Community of Practice around water and open government.

WRI Staff: Elizabeth Moses

Introducing the Aqueduct Water Management Atlas

When: Sunday, August 26, 12:00-12:45 CEST

Where: NL 353

This session presents a novel method of collecting data on public water management by harmonizing and sharing corporate water risk information. The result, Aqueduct’s Water Management Atlas, will be a global geodatabase of public water management indicators providing actionable information to policymakers, water users, and investors.

WRI Staff: Paul ReigColin Strong

It saves to spend: global flood defense investment strategy evaluation

When: Sunday, August 26, 14:00-15:30 CEST

Where: NL 253

A new global flood analyzer developed in partnership by WRI, IVM, Deltares, PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, and the World Bank quantifies the annualized societal and economic cost of floods. This event will feature think tanks, academic researchers, and development banks describing the new flood tool and its real-world applications. In addition, the session will highlight how the tool is currently used to assess the physical feasibility of green infrastructure, and its potential to inform on hybrid green/gray infrastructure flood protection strategies in the future.

WRI Staff: Tianyi LuoSamantha Kuzma

Reducing Migration: Building Water Related Resilience for Rural Communities

When: Monday, August 27, 14:00-15:30 CEST

Where: FH 202

This event will bring together several partners to discuss opportunities that water related interventions offer to improve the resilience of rural communities that are mostly vulnerable and exposed to migration. The session will also discuss interventions for reducing water and food insecurity at community as well as at national scales, thus reducing the urge to migrate. It will consider other factors and possible interventions such as peace and security and equitable sharing of resources. Policy options including for international cooperation will also be explored.

WRI Staff: Charles Iceland

Water and security: assessing risks and mitigation options in hotspots

When: Monday, August 27, 16:00-17:30 CEST

Where:  NL Auditorium

Conveners will present what is known about multiple water and conflict pathways and present the first iteration of a global water and conflict early warning system, as well as a framework for assessing water and conflict issues at local levels. The audience will be invited to join round table discussion to explore mitigation options in transboundary and intra-national hotspots and identify ways to strengthen cooperation and regional stability. 

WRI Staff: Liz Saccoccia

Eye on LAC- Green-Gray Infrastructure: The Case for Investment

When: Tuesday, August 28, 16:00-17:30 CEST

Where: FH Congress Hall A

This event will promote dialogue among financial institutions, water sector, governments, and NGOs to clarify why and how to invest in natural infrastructure, and how to encourage investment through improved regulatory and institutional structures. Nature-based solutions to water challenges can complement, safeguard, and lower the cost of operating conventional water infrastructure and hydropower systems, while providing additional ecosystem services that enhance human well-being.

WRI Staff: Suzanne OzmentTodd Gartner

Seminar: Is there such thing as innovative financing for ecosystems management?

When: Tuesday, August 28, 9-10:30 & 11:00 – 12:30 CEST

Where:  FH 300

Agenda 2030 acknowledges that sustainable management of natural resources is critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. This seminar will include discussions about enabling environments and innovative mechanisms that contribute to scaling up of financing for ecosystem services, focusing on cases that are currently being implemented.

WRI Staff: Todd GartnerSuzanne Ozment

Understanding the Forest-Water Nexus: redefining the narrative?

When: Wednesday, August 29, 11:00-12:30 CEST

Where: FH 307

This event will discuss the prevailing narratives surrounding forests and water: the myths, the complex truths and the implications our understanding has on practice and policy, and vice versa. It aims to bridge the divide between the water and forest sectors and suggest next steps to better integrate forests in water management and water in forest management.

WRI Staff: Todd Gartner

P&G and partners identify priority regions... now what

When: Thursday, August 30, 9:00-10:30 CEST

Where: NL 353

This showcase will introduce and overview P&G’s new 2030 water goals, and Water Risk Assessment Program. P&G and partner organizations will explore Risk Assessment results, and collect audience input to develop a collaborative approach for addressing water challenges.

WRI Staff: Paul Reig

Water Stewardship Benefit Accounting: New Approaches and Lessons Learned

When: Thursday, August 30, 11:00-12:30 CEST

Where: NL 353

This showcase will present a new robust, yet comprehensive and comparable way to measure and quantify the benefits of investments in water stewardship. Panelists will share, through case study examples, how the proposed methodology can complement standards, help contribute to meeting targets under SDG6, and reinforce the global benchmark for responsible water management.

WRI Staff: Paul ReigColin Strong

Parched Power: Water Challenges and Solutions for India's Power Sector

When: Thursday, August 30, 14:00-15:30 CEST

Where: NL 357

The power sector in India is very dependent on water and has been suffering from droughts and water shortages. This event will describe the water risks of India’s power sector, targeting governments and investors. The session will highlight how advancing cooling technology and shifting power mix towards more solar PV and wind could help the sector’s dependency on water while sustaining its growth in energy demand.

WRI Staff: Tianyi Luo

The evolution of water risk assessment

When: Thursday, August 30, 16:00-17:30 CEST

Where: FH 202

This event will outline trends in corporate water risk assessment tools, and present the state of the art through an understanding of the latest innovations. Participants will be invited to inform the future of water risk assessment by providing feedback to some of the world's leading water risk tool developers, including WWF and the World Resources Institute. The session will also engage some of the leading environmental, social & governance (ESG) data providers to explain how water risk is being incorporated to help shape financial markets.

WRI Staff: Paul ReigRutger HofsteSamantha KuzmaTianyi Luo


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