This goal focuses on contributing to and advocating solutions for critical challenges to water security, such as climate change, growing urbanisation, food production, resource related conflict and other challenges as they emerge.
National and regional policy makers, civic organisations, water managers and international development agencies take into account the links between water and climate change, and develop solutions for adapting the management of water resources to climate change.
National and regional policy makers, civic organisations, water managers and international development agencies address critical development challenges, particularly food security, urbanisation and conflict resolution.
International actors and multi-lateral policy processes work with a clearer understandingof the options available for tackling emerging and on-going challenges facing water resources through objective and incisive intellectual contributions from GWP and its partners.
Strategy to reach Goal 2
During the period of GWP's last Strategy, the Partnership learned that critical development problems can provide an entry point for galvanising action to address water management problems. For example, not only do rising food prices threaten poverty reduction gains, they also increase demand for water for agricultural production. So water management is a crucial element in these development problems. GWP will seize these strategic opportunities to promote change. GWP will increasingly respond to calls to facilitate dialogue, provide understanding or take policy positions on these issues. GWP will help to develop solutions by involving widely divergent stakeholders, both inside and outside the water sector, in dialogue. GWP will work to demonstrate the role of water in solving critical development challenges and will provide technical support for doing so.
The Partnership will develop greater technical capacity, more intellectual capital and strategic partnerships to respond to the issues identified below. Most GWP Partners see adapting to climate change as a serious long-term development problem and so this will be one focus. Regional technical and intellectual capacity will be strengthened so that support can be tailored to local needs. The Regional Water Partnerships will work closely with the Technical Committee to bring together both local and traditional knowledge in giving technical advice. At the same time they will capitalise on, and further strengthen, GWP's convening power across sectors, political boundaries and all levels. As the technical capacity of the Regional Water Partnerships grows, the network will be able to respond more rapidly to emerging development challenges. A greater ability to respond quickly will reinforce GWP's intellectual leadership at national, regional and global levels.
GWP will provide leadership at the global level. GWP will offer technical support to help all levels of the Partnership put forward appropriate solutions to the challenges facing water managers as they confront critical global issues. In particular, GWP will contribute to finding solutions to the four concerns discussed below at global, national and regional levels.
- Adapting to climate change
- Achieving food security
- Tackling urbanisation
- Resolving conflicts