GWP South Asia preparing for the upcoming 8th WWF – Brazil 2018

GWP SAS held a Sub Regional Coordination Meeting leading to 8th World Water Forum in Brasilia back-to-back with the Annual Regional Council meeting on 29 October 2017 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Country Coordinators, Chairs and Regional Council Members representing five Country Water Partnerships (CWPs) of South Asia namely; Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka (except Pakistan), Regional Chair and Regional Coordinator, GWP SAS participated the meeting. The Head of Network Operations, Senior Network Officer for South Asia and GWP Partners from the five countries were also present at the meeting.

At the introduction to Asia Pacific World Water Forum (APWF) Regional Process, the participants were informed about the inception of the association with the decision taken during a similar GWP SAS Regional Council meeting in 2016. Meanwhile, GWP SAS taken over the responsibility as one of the Sub Regional Coordinators for Asia Pacific Region. As a result, the Regional Chair and Regional Coordinator invited to the APWF Governing Council Meeting held in July 2017 in Singapore together with the other Pan Asia GWP Regional representatives of Central Asia and Caucasus (CACENA) and South East Asia (SEA) as Sub Regional Coordinators of the respective regions.

APWF divided the regional process into six Thematic Groups; Climate, People, Development, Urban, Eco Systems and Finance and have identified regional focal points for each theme as given below.

Based on the detailed introduction and the previous discussions held, GWP SAS identified potential Case Studies that could be shared with Regional Focal Points which include, Water and Adaptation to Climate; Circular Economy - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle; Integrated Sanitation for All and Water and Energy and Food Security Nexus.

It was decided to synthesise the Case Studies around these specific topics by the respective CWPs after returning to their countries. Meantime, a concept note containing a brief introduction to the potential Case Studies to be share with the Asia Pacific World Water Forum (APWF).