Talking ecosystems, infrastructure and people at World Water Week

Talking ecosystems, infrastructure and people at World Water Week

This year’s World Water Week once again brought more than 3,000 international water experts to Stockholm at the end of August, united under the theme of “Water, ecosystems and human development”. CRIDF took part throughout the week.

CRIDF’s Caroline Brown, as a member of Stockholm International Water Institute’s Young Scientific Programme Committee, held responsibility for co-ordinating the first seminar on “Tapping into collective wisdom: Gender sensitive development and water ecosystems”. This was co-convened by Women for Water Partnership, UNESCO’s World Water Assessment Programme, and the Australian Water Partnership. The seminar produced a series of strong recommendations – above all, that women are innovators and important agents of change who impact and influence their societies; and that gender and women’s issues are part and parcel of every water-related Sustainable Development Goal and target.

CRIDF also presented at the seminar “Inclusive infrastructure for green growth”, presenting the Basin-wide approach to building resilient livelihoods that CRIDF has pursued in the Okavango and Zambezi River Basins. This drew attention from the publication Water Alternatives; as a result, an article on this topic has been submitted and is currently under review for inclusion in a World Water Week special edition of the publication.

Finally, Caroline Brown also participated in the closing plenary. Here she reflected on two clear needs: for bankable, blended infrastructure solutions, and for ownership over the Sustainable Development Goals in the water sector. She expanded on these themes in a blog post reviewing the week as a whole, which can be read here.