Building nature-based, resilient water systems: Catalysing the role of Water Regulators

The International Water Association & The Nature Conservancy Nature Based Solutions

Target Audience

Regulatory authorities and officials with regulatory and supervisory functions related to the provision of water, sanitation and wastewater management services; water management authorities; policy advisors and officers; service providers; utility managers; environmental agencies and other government bodies; NGO staff with responsibilities for drinking water supply in low- and middle-income countries

Participants should have:
• a background in water, sanitation and wastewater management services, from the technical (service delivery) background or from regulatory perspective
• basic insights into the implementation of nature based solutions for water, sanitation and wastewater management services

Description

Regulators have a key role in creating the enabling environment to encourage transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies –optimizing resources while protecting and restoring water-related ecosystems.
This webinar will present an overview of targeted benefits and constraints among regulators for implementing nature based solutions for water management as basis for resilient and sustainable universal access to water and sanitation for all.

The session will approach this topic through a first examination of the role of regulatory authorities and existing regulatory frameworks through real cases in the implementation of Nature based solutions (NBS) to water management for water and sanitation services, commented by practitioners and experts in the subject (30 minutes).

An interactive dialogue with panelists (30 minutes panel) will help identifying examples and the key elements of an enabling environment for investments in NBS –ultimately, to support the role of practitioners in improving water security and safety.

Learning Objectives

The webinar aims to:
1. explore regulators needs and barriers to implement NBS for water management, as basis for resilient and sustainable universal access to water and sanitation for all;
2. identify and address targeted benefits and constraints – priority issues and gaps; and
3. identify examples of existing regulatory frameworks in support of NBS.

Sharing experiences and lessons learned between countries and at diverse levels of governance will enable participants to envision ways forward to implement NBS as basis for resilient and sustainable universal access to water and sanitation for all.

Host

Carolina Latorre Aravena (IWA) & Aparna Sridhar (TNC)

Panelists

  • Armando Quazzo Director of SMAT, local operator of the city of Turin, Italy
  • Rafaela Matos Principal Research Officer at LNEC/LIS-Water on the Lisbon City, Portugal
  • Kelvin Chitumbo Director of the National Water Supply and Sanitation Council (NWASCO), Zambia
  • Seamus Parker Queensland Urban Utilities, Australia