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International Workshop on Water Scarcity: Taking action in transboundary basins and reducing health impacts

11 - 12 December 2017

Salle XII, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

Water scarcity is of growing concern in many parts of the world. Population growth, urbanization, increased demands in irrigated agriculture and inadequate water management are important determinants of water scarcity, accelerated by the effects of climate change which result in an increase in the frequency and intensity of droughts. Today, already about 2 billion people are living in water stressed areas. By 2025, half of the world’s population is expected to do so.

The workshop aimed to accelerate actions to address water scarcity and thereby reduce the related health, social, economic and environmental risks, by sharing practical solutions, in particular from the perspective of transboundary water cooperation and health impacts. It reviewed measures to prevent scarcity and mitigate its consequences taken in transboundary basins and at national level, identified good practices and lessons learned and formulated some conclusions for further activities. 

The workshop brought together water practitioners, health professionals, representatives of water-using sectors and authorities responsible for addressing climate change impacts, at the national and transboundary levels, representatives of bilateral and multilateral donors, financing institutions and the private sector.

The workshop was organized under the leadership of the Governments of Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland, with the support of the Water Convention secretariat and its Protocol on Water and Health, serviced by UNECE and WHO-Europe.  It was followed by the 9th meeting of the Task Force on Water and Climate (13 December 2017).

The workshop was organized in cooperation with the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and in particular the Integrated Drought Management Programme (IDMP) by GWP and WMO, the Global Environment Facility’s International Learning and Exchange Network (iw:learn), the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations as well as UNECE and WHO-Europe:

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Information NoticePDFPDFPDFPDF
List of participantsPDF
Water and Climate Change Adaptation in Transboundary Basins: Lessons Learned
and Good Practices
Guidance on Water and Adaptation to Climate ChangePDFPDFPDFPDF
Guidance on Water Supply and Sanitation 
in Extreme Weather Events
Listen to the River-Environmental FlowsPDF
River Basin PlanningPDF
Basin Water Allocation PlanningPDF
Flood Risk ManagementPDF
Drought Risk ManagementPDF
River restorationPDF
Opening remarks from the lead party of the Protocol on Water and Health
Mr. Luca Lucentini, National Institute of Health, Italy
Keynote speech: water scarcity trends on a global level
Mr. Michel Jarraud, former Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization and former chair of UN-Water
Keynote speech: water scarcity and health
Mr. Oliver Schmoll, WHO Regional Office for Europe
Integrated Drought Management Programme (IDMP): guidance on drought management plans and tools
Mr. Bob Stefanski, World Meteorological Organization, Mr. Frederick Pischke, Global Water Partnership
Addressing water scarcity in agriculture: the Global Framework on Water Scarcity in Agriculture (IWASAG)
Mr. Ruhiza Jean Boroto, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Practical measures for reducing water scarcity in the lake Chad basin
Mr. Rohallati Ndara, Lake Chad Basin Commission
Addressing water scarcity in the Alpine region: lessons learned and planned measures
Mr. Paolo Angelini, Ministry of the Environment, Land and Sea, Italy
Mr. Andrea Bianchini, Ministry of the Environment, Land and Sea for Alpine Convention and EUSALP’s activities on integrated water and risk management, Italy
Drought management in Spain
Mr. Santiago Muñoz, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Food and Environment, Spain
How do international agreement at the global and basin level address water scarcity
Mr. Owen McIntyre, Cork University, Ireland
Working on low water in the Rhine basin
Mr. Adrian Schmid-Breton, International Commission for the Protection of the Rhine
How drought has triggered creation of a river basin organization in the Senegal basin
Mr. Aram Ngom Ndiaye, Organization for the Development of the Senegal Basin
How droughts are addressed in the transboundary water cooperation between Mexico and the United States of America as well as within Mexico
Mr. Edwin Fernando Zetina Robleda, National Water Commission, Mexico
Remarks by Mr. Dan Bunk and Mr. Alan Butler, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, United States of AmericaPDF
Not allowing boundaries to hamper water resources systems developments for effective utilization of the transboundary INCO Maputo River Basin
Mr. Beason Mwaka, Department of Water, South Africa
Water allocation provisions in the transboundary agreement on the Helmand basin, shared by Afghanistan and Iran
Mr. Kawa Sahab, Ministry of Energy and Water, Afghanistan
The WHO sanitation safety plan (SSP) approach – a practical tool for managing health risks from wastewater reuse
Ms. Kate Medlicott, World Health Organization
Regulatory aspects of wastewater reuse and SSPs
Ms. Ghada Kassab, University of Jordan
Climate resilient water safety planning
Mr. Michael Hammond, World Health Organization
Impacts of droughts on water equality: date and risk analysis
Mr. Enrico Veschetti, Mr. Mario Cerroni, National Institute of Health, Italy
Water scarcity provisions in the transboundary Chu-Talas basin
Mr. Erkin Orolbaev, National Policy Dialogues on IWRM in Kyrgyzstan
Ms. Indira Akbozova,Chu Talas Basin Commission
Ms. Svetlana Dolgikh, National Hydrometeorological Service “Kazhydromet”
Financing drought management measures
Mr. Andre Oosterman, European Investment Bank
Drought risk management safeguarding ecosystems: towards a strategic approach
Mr. Paul Sayers, WWF Consultant