The DWG 2015 will be made up of six (6) thematic seminars covering the following aspects:

  1. National development planning and institutional reforms related to water Organized by Eiman Karar
    a. Alignment between different sectors and different levels
    b. Defining development imperatives in water decisions
    c. Decentralization and stakeholders inputs in water plans
    d. Inclusiveness in planning and change
    e. Standardization and replicability of institutional fits
    f. Oversimplification and pragmatism in defining laws and policies
  2. The role of water pricing in achieving equity and water security
    Organized by Johanna Sjödin,  Programme Officer at SIWI’s Knowledge Services Department
    a. Pricing for efficient and sustainable services
    b. Pricing for managing demand
    c. Incentives for national development
    d. Pricing for addressing inequities
  3. Sustaining environmental flows for water, food, and energy security
    Organized by Jennifer Mckay, a Professor of Business Law at the Law School University of South Australia
    a. Sustaining ecosystems functions is the key to renewing the resource
    b. Measuring environmental flows
    c. Making the connection: food, energy, and water security
    d. Examples from countries: South Africa, Australia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Mexico.
  4. Equity and water tenure in water allocations
    Organized by Dr Elena Lopez-Gunn, Founder and Director of ICATALIST and Cheney Fellow at the University of Leeds, UK
    a. Equity under extreme events
    b. Bundles of rights for equitable access
    c. Equity in Access to water and sanitation
    d. Understanding water tenure in setting priorities in river basin allocation
    e. Nexus thinking, water allocation and equity
  5. Water Security and regional cooperation
    a. Ecosystem protection
    b. Legal dimension of water security
    c. Water, food, and energy security in a transboundary setting
    d. Water security for regional peace and political stability
    e. Regional cooperation opportunities
    f. Role of non-state actors
  6. Capacity development and networks for improved governance leading to water-energy-food security
    Organized by Kees Leendertse
    a. Demand management capacity development
    b. Specialization versus transdisciplinary management, the integrated approach and capacity needs
    c. Capacity development in improved water security and productivity
    d. Educating young water professionals

Each seminar will be coordinated by a convener that will invite renowned speakers and panelists following this proposed thematic structure. Also, at the end of each day, participants (including convener, speakers, and panelists) will engage in group dynamics exercises conducted by facilitators to arrive at the answers of key questions that will be posted in the seminars.

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