First Meeting of the Working Group on Nature based Solutions for Water
The SWP has launched the working group on nature based solutions for water in October and held its first meeting in November 2017.
The idea was to exchange on each organization’s topic of expertise in Nature based Solutions (NbS) for water and to identify joint activities for 2018. The SWP tries to develop a thematic cycle based on the UN Water theme each year. The rationale is to showcase/produce Swiss knowledge for WWW in Stockholm.
Event at the World Water Week 2018
The SWP has identified the world water week organized every year in Stockholm by SIWI as a strategic event for the network. SWP participates since its creation: it is a unique way to promote SWP members and Swiss solutions to a broad audience of policy makers, practitioners, researchers and other peers. SWP hosts a stand with SWP members and usually submit various sessions` proposals (90minutes session). SIWI reviews the proposals from all organizations and – if approved – allocates the day and hour.
In the recent years, SWP has developed concepts that use interactive moderation such as market place to showcase Swiss solutions but also to gather of feedbacks and peer reviews. This interactive moderation is highly valued by SIWI. The cost of the event is shared between the co-conveners (with a discount if SWP manages to get sponsoring).
Interested SWP member that plan to co-convene a session in Stockholm can share with the SWP secretariat its expertise/experiences and questions on the theme of NbS for Water or the focus they want to explore (for instance funding, institutional bottleneck etc.).
An organization can also make directly a proposal with other members and special guests (such as IUCN for instance).
Deadline for topic submission to the SWP secretariat is 22nd December 2017.
By January 12, the secretariat will have reviewed the inputs and proposals, contacting members if needed or for thematic leadership and will suggest possible session(s).
From January 15 to 19, the secretariat organizes the exchanges to finalize the proposal(s) and ensures regular communication with SIWI. The deadline for the submission of proposals for the Stockholm World Water Week is January 21st 2018.
As not all SWP members of the Working Group can make it to Sweden every year, the idea is that the SWP could organize a meeting in Geneva to present the Swiss expertise to the international Geneva (UN agencies). The half-day or one-day event (plenary/group discussions and field visit) could be organized either previous to Stockholm to feed into the sessions the SWP organizes in Stockholm or after it to present outputs. In 2018, the idea would probably be best be to organize an event in fall 2018 as World Water Day collapses with the World Water Forum in Brasilia.
Interested SWP members that want to contribute to the Geneva event can communicate their participation to the SWP secretariat by end of January. Same as for Stockholm, each organization offers contents and possibly thematic leadership. The SWP will follow-up in February/March 2018.
The following SWP members are part of the group:
- Direction Générale de l’Eau Genève (DGEau)
- The South Pole Group
- Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation