2015 World Water Week

Stockholm, Sweden

23 - 28 August 2015

World Water Week is organised by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and takes place in Stockholm, Sweden. It has been the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues since 1991. It is a platform for over 200 collaborating organisations to convene events about water and development issues. Individuals from around the globe also present their findings at the scientific workshops.

Investing in Natural Infrastructure for Development at the Water-Energy-Food Nexus

Seminar, Monday 24 August

Services from ecosystems underpin the three securities of water, food and energy. This seminar aims to discuss the business case to move from default built solutions to including natural infrastructure in a cost effective manner to secure water across sectors, as well as enable a soft and flexible development pathway. 

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Re-framing silos to accelerate development pathways

Seminar, Tuesday 25 August

Moving from assessment to implementation of development solutions which secure water, energy and food needs, requires collaboration across sectors. Donors and investors play a key role in influencing development projects and pathways of investment.  This seminar will explore how the nexus perspective can improve investment in development based on discussion of drivers and incentives to work more effectively across sectors.


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'Investing in Natural Infrastructure for Development at the Water-Energy-Food Nexus'

Nexus Dialogue Seminar

Conveners: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), International Water Association (IWA), International Water Management Institute (IWMI); UNEP-DHI Centre for Water and Environment (UNEP-DHI); United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and World Resources Institute (WRI).


14:00 - 14:05 - Introduction and overview - Mark Smith, IUCN


14:05 - 14:20 - What are the strategies and  opportunities for taking natural infrastructure investments and implementation to scale?

  • Maija Bertule, UNEP-DHI Partnership – Centre on Water and Environment
  • Todd Gartner, World Resources Institute
  • Jan Cassin, Forest Trends


14:20 - 14:45 - Facilitated discussion - Mark Smith, IUCN


14:45 - 15:00 - How can natural infrastructure effectively support water, energy and food security?

  • Jon Grant, WaterTap
  • Keith Alverson, UNEP
  • Matthew MacCartney, IWMI


15:00 - 15:25 - Facilitated discussion - Katharine Cross, IWA


15:25-15:30 - Closing - Katharine Cross, IWA


'Re-framing silos to accelerate development pathways'

Nexus Dialogue Seminar

Conveners: European Commission (EC), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), International Water Association (IWA) and United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)


16:00-16:05 - Brief introduction to session and format (why this session, and what do we hope to get out of it). (5 mins) - IWA/IUCN, Katharine Cross/James Dalton


16:05-16:25 - Two initial framing presentations (10 minutes each)

(i) UNECE - Francesca Bernardini, Secretary of the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes Co-secretary of the Protocol on Water and Health

(ii) IIASA - David Wiberg, Water Program Director


16:25-16:35 - Interaction with the audience (10 mins), Facilitated discussion with presenters and audience (IWA/IUCN)


16:35-16:50 - 15 minutes, roundtable discussions for the audience to identify their key collective questions to the Panel.


16:50-17:20 - Panel discussion:

  • André Liebhart, European Commission
  •  Franz-Birger Marré – Head of Division Water, Energy, Urban Development, Geosciences Sector at Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Germany
  • Samo Grocelj, Sava River Basin Commission
  • Astrid Hillers, GEF Secretariat
  • Francesca Bernadini, UNECE
  • David Wiberg, IIASA
  • Aaron Salzberg, US State Department - tbc
  • Nile Basin Initiative Secretariat – tbc
  • SADC – tbc

Facilitated discussion with Panel  and audience (IWA/IUCN)


17:20-17:30 - Conclusions