SWP Event Proposals for the Stockholm World Water Week accepted!

The Swiss Water Partnership has the pleasure to announce that the following two event proposals have been accepted for the Stockholm World Water Week 2018!

Session 1:

Nature-based Solutions for Water: A sustainable & efficient approach to disaster risk reduction

About the event: Throughout the world, conventional responses to growing demands for water and food have generally been the investment in engineered or “grey” infrastructure. However, these measures and their maintenance are costly and often lack sustainability. In the context of disaster-prone environments, Nature-based solutions for Water (NbSW) allow us to address root causes, and reduce the risks of disasters.

Based on concrete case studies in Switzerland and abroad, the event will explore different components for successful implementation of Nature-based Solutions for Water:

  1. Institutional and financial aspects: in many contexts a strong political will has been translated into legal and institutional aspects allowing an enabling environment for NbSW including joint funding mechanisms.
  2. The organizational issue: NbSW rely on the consultation and engagement of many different stakeholders, “leaving no-one behind. Consultation tools and communication mechanisms, including human rights based approaches, are essential from design to implementation.
  3. Capacity Building and behavioural changes: as the focus has long been on grey infrastructures, capacity building and empowerment are required to facilitate changes in mind set.
  4. Effectiveness: measuring effectiveness of NbSW is key to allow long-term investments and raise awareness. Measuring human rights sensitive social and environmental impacts is also crucial although still challenging.

Participating SWP Members:

  • Direction Générale de l’Eau de Genève (DGEau)
  • Caritas Switzerland
  • Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation
  • CSD Engineers
  • WaterLex
  • ETHZ (tbc)

Session 2:

Addressing Challenges to Unlock Financing of Nature-based Solutions for Water”

Market mechanisms for Nature-based Solution for Water (NbSW) include public subsidies, user-driven watershed investments, water quality trading and offsets, environmental water markets (Bennett & Ruef 2016). Current investment trends show growing public and private investments in NbWS however much remains to be done to achieve the scaling-up of these investments.

How can practitioners address the challenges refraining the financing of Nature-based Solutions for Water?

This event will explore the following selected challenges:

  1. Regulatory environment and incentives for public and private investments: learnings from investments in watersheds services allow highlighting the institutional and legal triggers and gaps in order to better design and implement NbSW.
  2. Capacity gap for finance design and overall implementation: all along the fund flow, capacities are lacking to structure the investments (pipeline development, project partnering, stakeholders’ consultation and engagement).
  3. Making the business case from a corporate perspective: analysing how corporates currently invest in NbSW helps understanding their bottlenecks for upscaling. In addition innovative financing through the use of blended finance (e.g. corporate engagement to derisk commercial investments) is one option to increase the overall funding.
  4. Value and measure of social and environmental co-benefits: there are trade-offs between economic return/commercial objectives and social and environmental impacts. Reaching an agreed balance is a challenge.

Participating SWP Members:

  • South Pole Group
  • Helvetas Switzerland Intercooperation
  • Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC)
  • WWF Switzerland and/or IUCN (tbc)

Moreover, the SWP is oragnizing a Swiss event and field visit on Nature Based Solutions for Water in Geneva in Autumn.

If you as SWP member are interested in joining the working group on Nature Based Solutions and / or would like to participate in on of the events (in Stockholm or in Switzerland), do not hesitate to contact the SWP Secretariat.

 

Program of the Swiss Pavilion at World Water Forum

Visit the Swiss Water Partnership at the World Water Forum – Stand E15 | Expo Hall

The Swiss Pavilion at the World Water Forum is jointly organised by the Swiss Water Partnership (SWP) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). If you are at the World Water Forum, come visit us at our Swiss Booth (Stand E15 at the Expo)! You can enjoy a rich program with discussions on various topics, presentations of new innovative technologies, and networking events.

Have a look at our Swiss Pavilion Program.

The following SWP members will be present at the Swiss Pavilion:

Following Partners and Initiatives will as well be part of the Pavilion:

If you are at the World Water Forum and would like to get in touch, please do not hesitate to contact the SWP Secretariat.

 

Swiss NGO DRR Platform offers Webinars

Webinar on Eco-DRR / Nature-based solutions for DRR (by zoi, caritas)

8th March 2pm to 3:15pm (MET)

Due to a low number of registered participants, we adjusted to a webinar format instead of a one-day learning event in Bern.

This webinar introduces to the basics on Eco-DRR in practice and offer you resources for further reference.

In the past decade ecosystem-based approaches for disaster risk reduction, which build on a more systemic understanding of ecosystems – as both a risk driver (ecosystem degradation) and as a risk reduction opportunity (hazard mitigation, livelihoods resilience) –  have gained increased attention. Nature-based approaches offer a range of multiple potential benefits for the society and the environment. The Webinar will build on the Swiss NGO DRR Platform’s 2017 Face-to-Face workshop ‘Green, grey or hybrid’ and a previous Learning Event on Eco-DRR.

Registration: To participate and receive the webinar link please register online until 02.03.2018. For further information, contact Jana Junghardt (Caritas)

Webinar on DRR / CCA Basics for mainstreaming (by HEKS, caritas, Helvetas)

27th March 3pm to 4:15pm (MET)

This webinar introduces to the basics of DRR/ACC based on a previous learning event and the Platform’s E-Learning Course, namely Module 1 & 2 related to basic definitions and conceptual guidance.

Registration: To participate and receive the webinar link please register online. For further information contact: Judith.Macch@heks.ch

 

New Swiss Water Training

CAS – Geomatics for a Sustainable Environment (University of Geneva)

The University of Geneva offers a new Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) called «Geomatics for a Sustainable Environment» taking place as a Geneva summer school from 11 to 22 June 2018.

Objectives:

  • Acquire specific knowledge on tools available to assess biodiversity, ecosystem services or water resources
  • Give double competencies to professionals and students in geomatics and environmental fields
  • Acquire knowledge for a set of tools linked to Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI), Web mapping (e.g. Geoserver, Geonode, Geonetwork) and programming (e.g. Python for geoprocessing, R for geostatistics)

For more information follow the following LINK.

Swiss Movies at World Water Forum

Under the Blue Peace Movement, Switzerland has submitted two short films to be screened during the 8th World Water Forum. All the movies in the final selection for the Voice of Citizens program are available online for voting under this link: The Voice of Citizens.

The following two movies can be watched and voted for:

  • “Act Now” | Watch it HERE!
  • “European Youth Parliament for Water” | Watch it HERE!

The two films will be screened at the thematic meetings of the 8th World Water Forum in Brasilia between the 18th and the 23rd of March, 2018.