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WRI Events at World Water Week 2019: Water For Society – Including All

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

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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. With the theme “Water for society – including all,” this year’s program includes more than 200 sessions and involves over 100 countries.

WRI will have a number of experts at this year’s World Water Week. For media inquires please contact Lauren Zelin or Mansie Hough.

Our staff will participate in the following events:

Sunday, August 25

Strategies for Reducing Conflicts over Water Resources

Growing pressures on water resources around the world are leading to an increase in violence over water access, attacks on water and water systems, and the use of water in violence. This session will present the latest information on water conflicts and strategies for reducing those conflicts.

Date/Time: Sunday, August 25, 9:00AM-10:30AM GDT

Location: Room M6

Speakers: Sam Kuzma, Charles Iceland and Liz Saccoccia

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Financing water risk through nature-based solutions: Insurance, investment, regulation

Climate change, ecosystems, and water management present new and challenging risk synergies. How can we use an investment, insurance, and regulatory framework that encourages more green or hybrid (green/grey) solutions to emerging water problems, such as flooding, droughts and extreme weather events? How do we incentivize having more green opportunities for risk management?

Date/Time: Sunday, August 25, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM GDT

Location: Room L11

Speakers: Suzanne Ozment

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World Scarcity Clock Launch

Date/Time: Sunday, August 25, 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM GDT

Location: Room L7

Speakers: Betsy Otto


Monday, August 26

Closing the Gap between Corporate Water Goals and Local Action

Water for all is not a given. At the current rate, the world faces a 40 percent freshwater shortfall by 2030. We can avert this looming crisis through action. This session will explore publicly available tools that can help companies bridge the gap between good intentions and results.

Date/Time: Monday, August 26, 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM GDT

Location: Couches

Speakers: Paul Reig

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Tuesday, August 27

Water Stewardship: Managing Collective Challenges and Collaborating to Drive Change

The showcase will share the experience of practitioners in implementing water stewardship strategies to drive collective action at a catchment-level. Participants will gain insights into the strategy development process, and be able to contribute towards improving existing approaches and identifying opportunities for collaboration.

Date/Time: Tuesday, August 27, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM GDT

Location: Room M2

Speakers: Paul Reig

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Launch of the Community of Practice on Water and Open Government

Clean water is a fundamental human right essential for better health, education and the economic well-being of people. Yet millions still face unequal access to water and billions lack access to basic sanitation services like toilets or latrines. Providing clean water for everyone requires expanded access to information, inclusive public participation and strong accountability mechanisms.

#WaterOpenGov

Date/Time: Tuesday, August 27, 5:30-6:30 PM GDT

Location: SIWI Booth Stand CO4, King Avenue


Wednesday, August 28

Unlocking Financing for “Leaving No One Behind” in the Americas

Filling the gap in water and sanitation services in the Americas requires a level of funding that seems hard to achieve. This dynamic session will explore that financial challenge both from the service delivery perspective and from the macro-level perspective and its ever-present question: how to mobilize finance at scale.

Date/Time: Wednesday, August 28, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM GDT

Location: Room L9

Speakers: Todd Gartner

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Water Security and Climate Change: Resiliency for the Most Vulnerable

Water security frameworks can double down as an effective tool to optimize resource management and service provision, but also to identify and mitigate environmental risks. This session will explore the link between water security and risk mitigation, showcasing bottom-up approaches to ensure protection to the most vulnerable in the Americas.

Date/Time: Wednesday, August 28, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM GDT

Location: Room L9

Speakers: Suzanne Ozment

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Cities4Forests: 60 Cities Commit to National Infrastructure citing Water Benefits

Through Cities4Forests, 60 global cities are partnering with forests to reduce floods, protect watersheds, and improve livelihoods. Cities4Forests is a movement to catalyze political, social, and economic support among city governments and urban residents to enhance forests and green infrastructure for water security. It provides technical support, access to financing and strategic guidance to member cities.

Date/Time: Wednesday, August 28, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM GDT

Location: Room L12

Speakers: Todd Gartner

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Setting Contextual Water Targets: Concept and Application

This showcase will share new approaches for companies to set water targets that consider the local catchment conditions. Participants will learn about different avenues for implementation and the strengths and weaknesses of both site and enterprise-level applications by learning firsthand from Cargill’s application.

Date/Time: Wednesday, August 28, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM GDT

Location: Room L7

Speakers: Paul Reig

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Thursday, August 29

Analytical Tools for Identifying Water Conflict Risks

This event will discuss how early warning tools can contribute to better policy responses for mitigating water conflict risks. Bringing experts from the foreign, defence, development, disaster risk and water communities together, its interactive format will facilitate discussion with the audience on ways to identify and minimize water conflict risks.

Date/Time: Thursday, August 29, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM GDT

Location: Room M4

Speakers: Liz Saccoccia

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Building a resilient future through water

This event will discuss how early warning tools can contribute to better policy responses for mitigating water conflict risks. Bringing experts from the foreign, defence, development, disaster risk and water communities together, its interactive format will facilitate discussion with the audience on ways to identify and minimize water conflict risks.

Date/Time: Thursday, August 29, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM GDT

Location: Room L8

Speakers: Mathilde Bouyé

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The Next Generation of Infrastructure is Green + Gray

Integrating nature into mainstream infrastructure systems to improve performance, lower the costs, and increase service resiliency. This event will explore how water providers, governments, and financial institutions can lead the way by building green infrastructure into mainstream project appraisal processes and investments.  

Date/Time: Thursday, August 29, 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM GDT

Location: Room L7

Speakers: Todd Gartner and Suzanne Ozment

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