18 - 23 March 2018

8th World Water Forum

Starts: 18 March 2018

Ends: 23 March 2018

Location: Brasilia, Brazil

The 8th World Water Forum will be held in Brasilia, Brazil, on 18-23 March and nrg4SD will be represented at the event through its members: Brittany, Catalonia, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, as well as Rio Grande do Sul in its capacity of coordinator of the water working group of RegionsAdapt.

Please find below the actions planned by our members at the Forum, as well as the program of the 5th International Conference of Local and Regional Authorities, where our members will have prominent visibility and whose results will be the “Proposal of Brasilia for Action on Water of Local and Regional Governments”.

The main contribution of nrg4SD to the Forum will be the 2017 RegionsAdapt report, which has a particular focus on the climate impacts on water availability, quality and behaving (water scarcity, drought and flooding), and how subnational governments tackle those challenges through their innovative territorial management. The report brings territorial realities and solutions of more than 30 regional governments from all continents, working united in the RegionsAdapt initiative led by nrg4SD. Such contribution will be conveyed at the session “Addressing hydro-climatic risk of vulnerable communities on a sub-national level” that will be held on 20.03 at Room ST8 (M cost1) from 11h to 12h30.

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RegionsAdapt’s members participating during the 8th World Water Forum

Date: March 19th, 2018
Time: 16h30 – 17h30
Venue: Espaço SP
RegionsAdapt’s members participating: Sao Paulo

Title: Participation of Maurício Brusadin: Secretary of Environment, Sao Paulo

Summary: The Space aims to present the actions and projects of the management bodies and members of the Paulista system, a precursor in water management in Brazil. As one of the principles of São Paulo management, integration and participation, the Space will promote ‘Water Talks’, which will discuss relevant issues from the point of view of the State of São Paulo. The event counts with confirmed presences such as the Governor of the State of São Paulo, Geraldo Alckmin, the president of the World Water Council (WWC) and Secretary of Sanitation and Water Resources of the State of São Paulo, Benedito Braga and other secretaries of the State of São Paulo.


Date: March 20th, 2018
Time: 10h00 – 11h00
Venue: Master Auditorium
RegionsAdapt’s members participating: Brittany

Title: Plenary session 1: From local water governance to international agendas

Summary: Water resource management is one of the building blocks for sustainable development. Although water is rising on political and global agendas, it still requires a more prominent place. Along with the actual work of implementation beginning, cities and regions are becoming leaders in ground-level realization. This discussion is inspired by the political nature of water resource management and hence, the need for sound governance. Mr. Thierry Burlot, recently elected Chairman of the Basin Committee for the Loire Bretagne Water Authority and Vice-President of Brittany will represent Subnational Governments.


Date: March 20th, 2018
Time: 11h00 – 12h30
Venue: Room ST8 (M cost1)
RegionsAdapt’s members participating: Rio Grande do Sul and Rio de Janeiro as representatives of the RegionsAdapt initiative 

Title: Addressing hydro-climatic risk of vulnerable communities on a sub-national level.

Summary: Whilst impacts of climate change and its influence on increasing hydro-climatic risks are primarily experienced at local and regional levels, existing policies and disaster risk reduction implementation strategies are often created without the adequate involvement of local communities. Hence, this session aims to facilitate a dialogue between different stakeholders about the realities and challenges of hydro-climatic risk management models and a need for inclusive, ‘bottom-up’ participatory action with local communities at every step of the process. Through presenting successful community-based initiatives and innovative arrangements, this session will contribute to community resilience and demand-driven disaster risk reduction approaches that deliver sustainable solutions.


Date: March 20th, 2018
Time: 14h30 – 16h00
Venue: ST3 (M9). 5th Conference of Local and Regional Authorities
RegionsAdapt’s members participating: Sao Paulo and Catalonia

Title: Thematic session: Fighting scarcity efficiently: making every drop of water count for cities

Summary: As cities face longer, more frequent and severe periods of water scarcity, they are becoming aware of how precious the water of a resource is. Local and regional governments, through technical and political choices, play an important role in deciding the distance of water and implement innovative solutions to access water where there is no access. In this session, cities and regions will share their strategies – from conservation to wastewater recycling – to get the most out of every drop.



Date: March 20th, 2018
Time: 16h30 – 17h30
Venue: Master Auditorium. 5th Conference of Local and Regional Authorities
RegionsAdapt’s members participating: Catalonia

Title: Sharing water. Cooperation at all levels.

Summary: Civil unrest, mass migration and insurgency resulting from water crises reflect the need for more hydro-diplomacy. Politics of scale allow these issues, which transcend all levels of governance, to be tackled. Thus, there is a growing need for intra and inter cooperation. This discussion calls for more shared knowledge and practices on water resources, an increase in consensuses around water and its related aspects.


Date: March 21st, 2018
Time: 11h00 – 12h30
Venue: Room 16 – 17
RegionsAdapt’s members participating: Brittany

Title: Strengthening citizens participation: policy, representativeness and challenges

Summary: SPECIAL SESSION – This session will analyze the political and institutional context for managing basin committees and watershed organisms as a participatory approach to water management. There will be considered three main dimensions in the discussion: a) influencing public policy for implementing and maintaining basin organisms, b) representation of citizens in the committees and c) effectiveness of the society participation as a multi-stakeholder management forum.


Date: March 21st, 2018
Time: 16h30 – 18h00
Venue: Planalto room
RegionsAdapt’s members participating: Rio Grande do Sul

Title: “Integrated Freshwater Management for Sustaining Humanity and Environment: Addressing the Socio-Economic and Scientific Challenges”

Summary: The goal of this session is to discuss and promote the critical role of lakes and reservoirs, and the wter systems to which they are linked, in sustaining human life and ecosystem health, by convening a lake-based session focusing on an integrated management framework, in cooperation with organizations around the world facing challenges in maintaining the sustainable use of their resources and ecosystem services, including local and regional authorities with responsibility for national and transboundary lakes and reservoirs.


Date: March 22nd, 2018
Time: 14h30 – 16h00
Venue: Room ST8 (M cost1)
RegionsAdapt’s members participating: Rio Grande do Sul

Title: Thematic closing session: Outcome messages from the Climate Thematic Sessions

Summary: The Theme Climate will be holding 12 ordinary sessions during the 8th Forum week. The Theme is also going to be discussed in Ministerial Thematic Roundtables, a number of Special Sessions, High Level Panels and other Forum process sessions. The sessions focus on water security and climate change and on linkages to the 2030 Agenda/SDGs 6, 13, and 11, The Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. The Thematic Closing Session will bring the highlights of the debates together and come up with a list of recommendations for action to be implemented in the short and long term, as well as potential actors to be involved, and this way contribute to the Thematic outcomes document




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