Water and wetlands

Environmental Flows as a tool for the Water, Energy and Food Security nexus

This lunchtime pavilion event will look at putting nature in the Water-Energy-and Food Security Nexus by using Environmental Flows as a tool to ensure the needs of people and nature are met in a growing and increasingly urbanized world. Environmental flows provide the opportunity to put ecosystems at the centre of water allocation planning through recognising the role freshwater ecosystem play in providing water to people, nature, and key sectors of the economy such as agriculture and energy.

Sharing experiences on Policy Advocacy: Enhancing the Environmental Governance in Central America

SHARING EXPERIENCES ON POLICY ADVOCACY AND IWRM: ENHANCING THE ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE

ESPAÑOL ABAJO

This activity will have two sessions:

1. Learning by doing: experiences on integrated watershed management in México, Central America and the Caribbean. 11:00 - 12:00

Connecting people and sharing knowledge on Blue Carbon – the latest knowledge products and experiences from the field

This session will provide an opportunity for Blue Carbon stakeholders currently involved in Blue Carbon research, policy development and field implementation efforts to connect and exchange experiences and lessons-learned from their activities and projects. New products and activities from the partner organizations will be briefly introduced.
This session will also provide a platform for people and organizations new to Blue Carbon, to learn more, network and identify opportunities and contacts for future efforts.

Can natural water storage in the Himalayas address future needs in a changing climate?

Freshwater resources provided by the Hindu Kush-Himalayan mountains are a critical ecosystem service to more than 1.3 billion people in mountain and downstream areas, serving for various purposes such as hydropower, irrigation and human consumption. The resilience of freshwater provisioning, however, is highly at risk due to climatic and environmental changes. In this regard, innovative approaches and technologies are needed to enable upstream and downstream populations to better cope with the growing challenges. As the Himalayan environment provides water storage in various forms e.g.

International River Basins as a common good: The role of the Civil Society (CS) and the Private Sector in Transboundary Water Cooperation in the Mekong River Basin

Programme:

1. Presentation of the Mekong Water Dialogue (PPT)

• History and status of cooperation: challenges and opportunities
• Civil Society engagement: local and international
• Private sector engagement: local and international partnerships
• Future challenges and opportunities

2. Panel on NGO-government-private sector dialogue in development (60 min)

Successful Management and Utilization of World Heritage in UNESCO International Protected Areas

"o The protected areas, each of which has different ecological profiles, have two common significant implications - conservation and sustainable use. The conservation can be achieved more efficiently if we develop a programme to use them as the resources of eco-tourism
o Nonetheless, it is quite rare that an integrated management system for the protected areas in terms of conservation and sustainable use.

The Korean Initiative for Sustainable Development- “Water and Green Growth” (KOC official session)

OBJECTIVES
- To encourage sharing ideas for sustainable development embracing ‘Green Growth’
- To introduce “Water and Green Growth” activities and devise its long-term prospect
- To discuss the significance of International cooperation in the path to success of “Water and Green Growth” movement
- To understand “Water and Green Growth” activities in the World Water Forum

Low Carbon Green Growth Paradigm and Urban Environmental Policy (KOC official session)

Urban greenhouse gas emissions make up 43% of Korea´s total emissions, but the costs of reducing urban emissions are low, which could lead to an immediate reduction effect. Climate change responses through urban policies are extremely important
- City formation could reduce both energy use and greenhouse gas emissions by placing wind paths, water paths, forest trails, and other natural objects during urban planning stages and constructing low carbon urban infrastructures

Enhancing Resilience with Nature: Translating the Science and Practice of Ecosystem Restoration into Policy

Translating the science of resilience in landscapes into practice will demand working with stakeholders in demonstration projects to undertake joint learning on how to build resilience, what the barriers are and how to best communicate concepts and ideas on resilience.

Investing in Natural Infrastructure as an Element of Green Economies

The development of Green Economies, as a pathway to sustainable development and poverty reduction, has been adopted as one of the two themes of the Rio +20 conference, which will precede and help frame discussions at the IUCN World Conservation Congress. The Green Economy approach is founded on the principle that healthy ecosystems (wetlands, forests, floodplains, estuaries, etc.), rich in natural capital, underpin sustainable economies that are resilient to external shocks. For example, a natural wetland can yield fish to ensure food security, and water to allow for irrigation.

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