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World Water Week 2017 "Water and Waste: Reduce and reuse" August 27-September 01

Published: 2017-09-02

IFS participated in the World Water Week meeting organized by Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) several sessions of the above event and moderated the session entitled “Protecting the Most Vulnerable: Legal Frameworks for Community Freshwater Rights.”

World Water Week is the world’s biggest global annual meeting focusing on water and development. It is organized by SIWI. The week drawed over 3,000 participants from nearly 130 countries, who came to Stockholm to learn about new research results, share experiences, discuss progress in the implementation of the Global Goals, and together try to find new ways to meet the world’s growing water challenges. 

 The theme of this year’s meeting was "Water and Waste: Reduce and reuse."

Also at the conference was Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) and the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), who have a strategic research and policy advocacy initiative to: (1) identify how countries are addressing community freshwater rights (including those of Indigenous Peoples) in national legislation; and (2) measure the progress being made by countries to legally recognize and protect community water rights. To achieve these goals, RRI and ELI have engaged a broad set of stakeholders in developing a Water Tenure Tracking Methodology to analyze the strength and resilience of legal rights and entitlements related to community water use and governance. The findings will be used to:

(1) conceptualize, compare, and monitor countries’ progress in protecting the freshwater rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities; 

(2) identify legislative weaknesses and areas for reform; 

(3) better appreciate gaps between national laws and the actual realization of community rights to freshwater; and 

(4) Identify future areas for research.    This Showcase will offer an opportunity to share and receive feedback on the methodology in light of its application in three pilot countries.  RRI and ELI will share the findings and seek participant guidance on how to improve and tailor the methodology as we apply it on a larger scale. 

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