In India, 60% of the population lack access to toilets. In Southeast Asia, this amounts to one billion people. Poverty in this region is a central concern, where death and disadvantage occur in part through lacking access to clean, safe water—which is a key intervention for primary health prevention. The United Nations seeks to address this limitation in one of its 17 Sustainable Development Goals: ‘to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all’. To respond and contribute to the technology, behavioural change and systems thinking behind this goal, the University of Queensland has established an initiative on water, health and sustainable development.
A panel discussion will investigate the contribution that water researchers can provide on water, sanitation, heath and beyond to the Asian region, facilitated by Associate Professor Eva Abal, Program Director of the Sustainable Water Program at The University of Queensland’s Global Change Institute. An active discussion with audience members will be facilitated at each table over a catered breakfast.
Date: Tuesday, 13 September
Cost: $15 AUD (Tier 1) / $30 AUD (Tier 2)
Public engagement is crucial to productive, collaborative and urgent discussion on the issue of water security and can mitigate potential risks such as regional tension. This session discusses the ways in which civil society engagement on water-related issues in South Asia has and can play a constructive role in fostering improved management and regional cooperation on water in the region. A panel of 3-4 experts from the South Asia region will discuss their experience, with The Asia Foundation also sharing its experience in supporting civil society engagement on water at a transboundary and national level.
The Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS), Water Stewardship Australia and the India Water Stewardship Network are proud to host the second Asia-Pacific Water Stewardship Forum in New Delhi. The Forum is a unique opportunity to advance the understanding and impact of AWS water stewardship in the Asia-Pacific region, and to contribute to the further development of water stewardship at a global level. The AWS International Water Stewardship Standard (the AWS Standard) defines global best practice in water stewardship and establishes a framework for major water users to understand and improve their water use, and to effectively engage other stakeholders in pursuit of shared outcomes. The AWS Standard is gaining traction across Asia-Pacific as major water users seek to understand and take collaborative action in response to increasingly critical water challenges. Using examples from around the region, with a particular emphasis on India and South Asia, the Forum will examine water stewardship experiences in industry and agriculture in a diverse range of contexts from major international companies to local water users’ associations. The relationship between water stewardship and other sustainability standards and initiatives will also be explored.
The Forum aims to:
Date: Tuesday, 13 September (full-day event)
Sunday, 11 September (PM)
Understanding gender roles is important in managing the world’s water, recognised by the United Nations and proven to result in more efficient water management. In the developing world, women are often the principal water managers at the family level—but have been frequently excluded from high-level decision. Women and Water provides a forum for perspectives on the significance of rivers and waters to gender and culture, recognising women as agents of change and plan for a more equitable water future. The event will feature a panel discussion alongside informal networking, food and drink.
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A breakfast ‘special session’ on water for equality is also available.
Monday, 12 September (PM)
The Riversymposium welcome reception offers the change to connect with delegates from around the world in a relaxed social setting. After the conclusion of sessions on day one, join fellow delegates for an informal and warm welcome over food and beverages.
The Riversymposium welcome reception also offers the chance to launch a new initiative, service or product to hundreds of passionate river management enthusiasts. The welcome reception sponsor will be announced in the coming months.
Would you like to sponsor the 2016 Riversymposium Welcome Reception? Find out more here.
Tuesday, 13 September (PM)
Riverprize is a prominent environmental award giving recognition to those who have developed and implemented outstanding, visionary and sustainable programs in river management and restoration. The Riverprize Gala Dinner is the highlight of the Riversymposium social program, bringing award finalists, conference delegates, IRF partners and VIPs together for a night of networking, entertainment, food and drinks—and, of course, the announcement of the 2016 International Riverprize winner.
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The Sundarbans tour is a unique opportunity for delegates to experience the world’s largest mangrove forest, renowned for its seven main rivers, numerous other water courses, wildlife reserves, and diverse range of flora and fauna. Part of the Ganges Delta, the Sundarbans region covers 140,000 hectares of Bangladesh and West Bengal (India) in lush biodiversity and is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Its numerous water courses form a broad network of channels in the Sundarbans, influenced by flow tides and a range of hydrological factors.
Travel from Kolkata through the forest’s many rivers and creeks, experiencing the cultural heritage and influence of forest and its rivers on everyday life. The tour is predominantly by boat, anchoring in a variety of key cultural and scientific destinations—including the famous Bhagabatpur Crocodile Sanctuary and Lothian Island Wildlife Sanctuary.
This tour is proudly sponsored by the World Bank.
Nepal is known for its incredible mountain ranges, including the Annapurnas and Himalayas, and its home to the tallest mountain in the world. The Nepal study tour explores mountain rivers, communities and their use of technology for risk management of floods, climate change and drinking water supply. It focuses particularly on the linkages between upstream water services providers and downstream water users, highlighting the partnerships involved in mountain river management and the interaction between Nepal’s diverse villages and communities. The tour begins in Kathmandu, Nepal’s bustling and lively capital, and travels across stunning geographies to Godavari, the Sunkoshi River and Dhulikel.
This tour is proudly coordinated in partnership with ICIMOD.
The Yamuna is the longest tributary of the Ganges, covering 40.2% of the entire basin. Along it are dozens of diverse river communities, who rely on the Yamuna for irrigation, religious significance, bathing and more. Despite the river’s high pollution levels, the government of India has announced plans to rebuild and repair its sewage system and the drains that empty into the river. Delegates will visit the Somb-Thapana river catchment and gain valuable education on Indian river systems, with emphasis on communities’ river restoration work through concerted conservation efforts and catchment restoration plans.
The International RiverFoundation will present two prestigious awards at the Riverprize Gala Dinner in conjunction with the 2016 International Riversymposium: the Emerging River Professional Award and the Thiess International Riverprize.
Riverprize is the world’s most prestigious river award, recognising, rewarding and supporting outstanding, visionary and sustainable programs in river management—and the Emerging River Professional Award (ERPA) recognises and fosters those in the early stages of their careers in rivers who have demonstrated innovation, excellence and leadership in river, basin or river-dependent community management.
RiverExpo was introduced to Riversymposium in 2014 and is a modern new take on the traditional trade exhibition, enabling all groups with services, products or ideas to meet and network with a diverse global audience—from river managers to policy developers, scientists, consultants, students, NGOs, indigenous and community organisations and business and industry representatives. The RiverExpo space incorporates art, culture and interactive activities.
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