The IWA Basin Action Agenda. Connecting Cities and utilities (and industries) with their basins. Do you represent a city, industry or water and sanitation services? Do you represent a basin organisation, the agricultural or mining sector? The IWA invites you to participate in one of a series of workshops in Skukoza (South Africa), Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Cape Town (South Africa) to explore how your sector and organisation can be a water steward for healthy and sustainable basins. Find out more on the workshop series and upcoming webinar below.
Interested in contributing to the Basin Action Agenda today? Contact Katharine Cross, Programme Manager, Basins of the Future.
IWA is developing a Basin Action Agenda which aims to influence and activate utilities, cities and their industries to become water stewards working with basin and catchment organisations, as well as other water management stakeholders (e.g. agriculture and mining).
The Basin Action Agenda is a call to action to support the Principles for Water Wise Cities which aim to integrate water in planning across scales; help city leaders ensure that everyone in their cities has access to safe water and sanitation. There are 4 levels of action in the Principles:
| 1. Regenerative Water Services
2. Water Sensitive Urban Design
3. Basin Connected Cities
4. Water-wise Communities
The Agenda provides guidance pathways to enable Basin Connected Cities including securing the water resource, protecting water quality and preparing for extreme events. The Agenda outlines the rationale for urban stakeholders to lead the way in realizing their role as water stewards and the different pathways and activities towards achieving more integrated water resources management from catchment to consumer. Many of these actions are already happening and the Agenda provides a framework for showcasing best practices to inspire urban end users to be aware and respond to what is happening in their watershed.
Urban stakeholders have a critical role to play in preserving the freshwater resources on which they depend. A disruption in supply of freshwater resources to cities can have significant economic, environmental and health consequences. Global projections show that urban populations will continue to rise, which means improving water security and protecting water resources across basins which cities rely on is a priority. The world’s freshwater resources are under mounting pressure.
There are numerous sources of pressure mounting on the world’s freshwater resources:
Develop a vision: This can be developing an overall framework defining long-term ambitions and aspirations;
Strengthen governance and institutions to provide the framework for stakeholders to work together from catchment to tap to achieve the proposed vision;
Assess knowledge and capacity and taking actions to increase knowledge exchange and learning;
Integrate planning tools such as decision support systems and use risk based approaches to water management and increase data and information available on the catchment;
Take action with various implementation tools: Economic instruments and financing mechanisms; regulations; innovative technologies; integration of nature-based solutions.
Join us at the workshop series, entitled Against the flow: An Action Agenda to engage urban stakeholders in water resource management. The workshops are part of a series taking place at IWA events in developing the Action Agenda. Feedback received from your participation in the workshop series will be integrated into the launch of the Basin Action Agenda at the 2018 IWA World Water Congress in Tokyo. The workshops will focus on sharing experiences and identifying approaches to develop guidance for urban stakeholders to better manage water quantity and quality through actions at the catchment level.
We are also working on a webinar dedicated to showcasing the urban and basin stakeholders featured in a series of Basin Stories currently under development. The webinar will dive into the stories of how the different pathways towards strengthening the connection between cities and basins have been implemented in practice. More information to come.