GWPEA has committed to Strengthen private sector participation in the SDG6 IWRM agenda as a tangible resource base. The commitment was registered on the UN Water Action Agenda to deliver on the water actions in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
This commitment will be delivered through the SDGS6 IWRM Matchmaking Initiative, which aims to match country-defined priorities for water management improvements which are lacking financing or only have partial funding, with local funding sources, donors and other funding agencies that have available financing, but which are not currently investing in water management at the scale required or in the most coordinated manner.
The IWRM Investment Package which was developed in Kenya, have been designed to support conservation at the catchment level. The Investment Package is based on a common goal of “improved conservation and sustainable management of the catchment ecosystem for improved economic and social welfare,” aiming to promote application of “wise use” concepts; strengthen governance; build conservation awareness and capacity; encourage sustainable alternative livelihoods. The focus of the IWRM-IP is operational costs of carrying out essential catchment conservation and associated IWRM sustainable development activities in line with the National Water Resources Management Strategy.
These actions will result into restoration and rehabilitation of degraded natural landscapes, multi- stakeholder collaboration and cooperation fostered in catchment conservation management as well as Private- Public- Community partnerships equitably facilitated for improved access to inputs and market among other deliverables.
“Creating a platform for private sector participation in the multistakeholder agenda for a water secure world is key to achieving SDG 6 and related goals”, Said Mr. George Sanga, the Regional Coordinator. “The SDG 6 IWRM Support Program Matchmaking Initiative has created the right platform for this to happen”, he added.
The Water Action Agenda supported all stakeholders across different sectors to develop and implement voluntary commitments to further strengthen the global water agenda and provide a mechanism to organize and track the progress of such commitments. This was one of the outcomes of the UN 2023 Water Conference that took place in New York, from 22nd to 24th March 2023.