do we go from here?
In 2006, GWP celebrated its tenth birthday. So, what have we accomplished in our first decade? And how can we build on our achievements during the next ten years? Here we review the reflections and findings of the tenth anniversary meeting of the GWP Consulting Partners, which considered both questions.
ince its establishment in 1996, GWP has played a leading role in alerting the world to the need for a more sustainable approach to the management of its water resources.We have introduced and championed the concept of integrated water resources management (IWRM), now widely recognized as crucial to sustainable development and to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). And we have built a global network of people – spanning more than 60 countries and involving all levels of society – who are committed to promoting IWRM in their countries and regions. More than 400 of these dedicated and active people attended the annual GWP Consulting Partners (CP) network and tenth anniversary meetings held in Stockholm in August.The CP event provided an ideal opportunity to reflect on
The August meetings saw the largest ever gathering of GWP partners.
past achievements, take stock of current challenges, learn from experience, and set the future direction for the network. Several sessions demonstrated the challenges faced by partners in different parts of the world and provided an opportunity for learning, while others scrutinized GWP’s five main output areas. Interpretation in five languages (Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish) enhanced participation.
THE BENEFITS OF REGIONAL ACTION Good stewardship and equitable sharing of transboundary rivers, lakes and reservoirs are perhaps the most obvious reasons for regional-level dialogue. But collaboration means much more; notably the opportunity to learn from one another and pool expertise, knowledge, data and tools.The GWP regional partnerships not only
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