Goal 1: Catalyse Change in Policies and Practise

This goal focuses on advancing effective governance, based on comprehensive and mutually supportive policies, institutions, partnerships, processes, and information-sharing.

GWP supports good governance processes that enable everyone to respond effectively to global, regional, and local water security challenges. Good governance is essential to strong economic development, social equity, and environmental sustainability. Effective water governance enables sound investment in institutions and infrastructure, and supports equitable use of water and other resources.

In seeking to advance effective governance, GWP will advocate and help to strengthen all aspects of the enabling environment: policies, legal frameworks, financing, and incentives that safeguard human rights and protect public assets, such as ecosystem services and their intrinsic value. The enabling environment encourages the participation of all stakeholders from national to local levels to achieve effi cient, equitable, and sustainable water management and ensures gender equality and social justice in all outcomes.

We will support the strengthening of competent and accountable institutions. We will build individuals’ capacities to develop and implement policies, regulations and investments, and encourage citizen groups to participate in all these functions. By strengthening Partner organisations, change can come from within.

We will support countries to develop and apply a wide range of management instruments to better manage water and related resources. Such tools can assist decision-makers in making objective and informed choices. The tools can also facilitate sharing of data and information, and guide processes of assessment, planning, negotiation, cooperation, regulation, and budgeting. We will work with key institutions and private sector partners to ensure that innovative instruments, models, and decision-support systems are robust and suitable for a range of contexts.

Beyond influencing policy-making, we will seek to catalyse policy changes and support countries to put them into practice. Interventions will focus on helping countries to develop and implement solutions that address the major threats to water security: climate change, urbanisation, food production, and energy generation. The protection of ecosystems will also be addressed, as well as transboundary water management and other challenges.

Based on experience and lessons learned, we will support consensus building to remove the bottlenecks to policy implementation. We aim to create a sense of urgency to take action in priority development areas, and to scale up successful approaches to sustainable water resources development and management.

Our Regional and Country Water Partnerships will promote and facilitate meaningful and open dialogue using evidence-based knowledge, and build consensus on a range of critical water and development issues. We will draw upon the strengths of our global Network and experience on the ground to influence global policy discourses. We will:

  • establish a high-level Global Dialogue on Water Security and Sustainable Growth to highlight the issue of water security within the Post 2015 Development Agenda, and conduct national stakeholder consultations in many countries to support the case for a dedicated global water goal
  • support planners from priority national economic development sectors such as finance, water, agriculture, energy, infrastructure, and environment to incorporate water security in national development, sectoral investment programmes, and core planning processes
  • work with development banks and countries to address bottlenecks to project preparation and enable access to finance to invest in water security
  • promote inter-sectoral collaboration and coordination through dialogues at national, regional, and global level
  • use our convening power to bring together a wide range of key stakeholders who influence water planning and management. These include ministries, academic and research institutions, private sector businesses, water users in energy and food, and civil society and community-based organisations that support the participation of women, youth, and indigenous people
  • support policy-makers at all levels to prepare for the increasing impacts of climate-related events such as fl oods and droughts, and promote the benefi ts of soft measures, such as early warning and monitoring systems, wetlands protection and rehabilitation, and investments in climate-smart infrastructure.

Putting sustainable and integrated management of water resources into practice must be anchored at all levels with the highest political commitment. We will work with key global actors to ensure political leaders and decision-makers are informed, convinced, and committed to increasing water security. We will build networks at different levels, and support policy-makers to become water champions in their own sectors.

The Global Dialogue on Water Security, alongside other programmes, will reinforce our actions and advocacy at regional, national, and transboundary levels, as well as at global level. We want to see water security embedded into development plans and strategies on climate adaptation, poverty reduction, sector development, and investment. This should lead to better policy-making, and make funds available for water financing. Locally, we will support the development of both public and private sector investment programmes and demonstration projects to generate evidence to infl uence national policy.

Posted: 2014-03-21

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