Sunday Seminar: Public Private Civil Society Platforms for Development
The Sunday seminar on Public Private and Civil Society Platforms for Development demonstrated the potential of action-oriented multi-stakeholder partnerships on water resources management in diverse contexts as Peru, India, South Africa and Tanzania. Key success factors and lessons from concrete water initiatives implemented through these MSPs were shared through high-level panel discussions focusing on how priority engagements are identified, balancing the needs of different stakeholders, and how innovative financing models can be applied for agri-technology acceleration, wastewater treatment and reuse, water conservation and cost-effective water storage infrastructure. Panelists included Rajendra Singh, 2015 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate, Oksana Nagayets from IFC, André Fourie and Meenakshi Sharma from SABMiller, and various partner representatives from the WRG countries of engagement.
Thursday Seminar: Innovative financing mechanisms to implement the SDGs
2030 WRG co-convened a session with the Swiss Water Partnership, The Gold Standard Foundation, World Vision, First Climate Markets AG and the Stockholm International Water Institute on innovative initiatives to maximize finance to implement the SDGs. Panelists discussed the various challenges and added value of getting new players on board, how to assure funding gets to the most vulnerable and excluded and corporate perspectives on water stewardship.
SIWI Sofa on proven solutions for water use transformation
Anders Berntell, 2030 WRG Executive Director and Mark Fletcher, Arup’s Global Water Director, discussed a source of currently available, replicable and practical solutions for water use transformation. The solutions have been collected in the 2030 WRG commissioned catalogue of case studies: ‘Managing Water Use in Scarce Environments’. In a podcast interview with Eric Paglia, the producer and host of www.ThinkGloballyRadio.org, an environmental radio program, 15 newly added case studies were discussed as well as the scope of the cases in the extended catalogue, the general lessons that can be learned by comparing the case studies, how best practices are measured and assessed, and how they can be transferred and implemented from one region to another, and how the wider water sector can be mobilized to formulate and communicate such best practices in areas suffering from water scarcity.
2030 WRG booth and networking presentations
The 2030 WRG team, country representatives and various invited partners from Africa, Asia and the LAC region welcomed a range of booth visitors at the open expo in front of the main conference hall. Partner organizations, conference participants, students and interested visitors from the City of Sweden engaged with 2030 WRG staff and affiliates in learning more about our activities in the countries of engagement.
2030 WRG’s Alastair Morrison presented the group’s work with a focus on inclusive platforms and financing in a number of other seminars including Rethinking Governance, and Integrating Financing for Water.