7th World Water Forum has started in Korea
April 12-17, the 7th World Water Forum, the largest international event on the theme of water is held in Daegu & Gyeongbuk of Korea.
The World Water Forum is a large-scale international conference held every three years since 1997, being a unique platform facilitates collaboration among civil society, politics and decision-makers from all over the world's regions.
This year’s event focuses on the implementation solutions developed in the previous Forum in Marseille, France, in 2012. Nearly 20,000 participants are expected to take part in the 7th WWF, from about 170 countries.
The Regional Environmental Center for Central Asia is actively involved in the World Water Forum, giving addresses and presenting new publications in the following three sections:
April 14, at the special issue session R32AP “Development of Cooperation in the Aral Sea Basin to Mitigate Consequences of the Environmental Catastrophe” jointly organized by the Global Water Partnership in Central Asia and Caucasus (GWP) and Executive Committee of the International Fund for saving the Aral Sea (IFAS).
CAREC’s Executive Director Dr. I. Abdullaev will be addressing at the session the presentation “Aral Sea Basin: Cooperation to Mitigate Consequences of the Environmental Catastrophe”.
“Aral Sea dry up is the largest human made, global catastrophe. 60 million people of Aral Sea region are affected by negative consequences. Environmental and social consequences of the problem are serious and may have impact on Central Asia and beyond. Human health problems, degradation of local economy and livelihood opportunities, lost of cultural heritage for locals are amongst socio-economical aspects of the problem. To mitigate the consequences of environmental catastrophe the programmes were developed and implemented ASBP-1 (1995-2001), ASBP-2 (2002-2010) and ASBP-3, adopted by the Decision of the IFAS Board on December 10, 2010, in Almaty) providing implementation of more than 300 national and regional projects”.
April 15. “Water Diplomacy and Multi-level Governance: Connecting levels to make a difference”, the session under coordination of Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and co-coordinated by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
The essence and meaning of water diplomacy is in the global human security and environmental security, in a water security context. Tensions over shared water resources are cross-cutting and often lie at the heart of national security priorities with close linkages to a wider set of economic, social and geopolitical issues.
In the joint presentation “Multi-Level Water Governance: Fostering Connections across Central Asia & Afghanistan” Dr. I. Abdullaev of CAREC and Dr. Kate Himes of U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will rise the water issues in the region of Central Asia and Afghanistan, i.e. local and regional governance, including Small Basin Councils and Basin Planning, donor partnerships and academic capacity-building.
CAREC will be also having a presentation at 11.00-11.30 at USAID Pavilion on the closing day of the World Water Forum April 17.
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