GWP IN ACTION 2009 ANNUAL REPORT
Leading policy and practice 2009 was a year of impressive output for the GWP Technical Committee. Several publications were launched at the world's largest water gathering, the 5th World Water Forum in Istanbul in March.
Leading on water for sustainable development IWRM in Practice: Better Water Management for Development … a must-read for anyone interested in sustainable development. "The book illustrates the power, and challenges, of systems thinking in combining economic, social, and environmental objectives." Jeffrey Sachs, Director, Earth Institute, Colombia University The publication of IWRM in Practice: Better Water Management for Development (EarthscanGWP 2009) was a milestone in making the case for an integrated approach to water resources management as the best hope for addressing global challenges: feeding the world, reducing poverty, meeting water and sanitation needs, and protecting ecosystems, all while adapting to climate change.
Leading on water and climate change In the run-up to the 15th Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP-15) held in Copenhagen in December 2009, the GWP Technical Committee headlined the centrality of better water management in adapting to climate change. For example, the Perspectives Paper, Better Water Resources Management – Greater Resilience Today, More Effective Adaptation Tomorrow, published by GWP for the 5th World Water Forum, packaged some key messages that became the basis for articles written for the G8 and COP-15 as well as for the GWP Network itself. It also was a precursor to the more comprehensive Background Paper 14, Water Management, Water Security and Climate Change Adaptation: Early Impacts and Essential Responses.
Leading on monitoring IWRM Since Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) was generally accepted in 1992 as the recommended approach to managing water resources in a changing world, many agencies and governments have wrestled with the challenge of how to monitor implementation and performance. While IWRM is gaining ground worldwide, there is a need for a set of indicators to show how effective the integrated approach is in practice. UN-Water established a Task Force, under the World Water Assessment Programme, to review key water indicators. GWP is a member of this Task Force and is helping develop indicators to monitor progress, in particular peer review of reform processes, and social, economic and environmental impact assessment. The GWP technical function: applying lessons learned Taking on board lessons learned from a review of the technical function, GWP is now: more fully integrating regional knowledge and experience in the work of the Technical Committee; improving coordination between the Technical Committee, the Global Secretariat and Regional Water Partnerships; and strengthening collaboration between the Technical Committee and GWP strategic allies.
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