Side-Events

SE1: GENDER-SENSITIVE APPROACHES FOR SUSTAINABLE WATER MANAGEMENT IN CENTRAL ASIA

Organizers:

Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) & the Regional Environmental Centre for
Central Asia (CAREC)

Time and location: 17:00-18:30 Kokhi Somon, Press Сonference Hall

Brief information:

Women are often disproportionally affected by unsustainable development and water management. In order to achieve truly equitable and inclusive development, their needs and interests have to be taken into account. Gender-sensitive policy interventions in the water sector contribute to fair sharing of water and maximize the social, economic and environmental benefits of sustainable development. In this respect, gender mainstreaming in water governance can lead to more effective and responsive policies that reduce social imbalances for the benefit of society as a whole. Consequently, identifying and addressing both women’s and men’s needs, as well as promoting women as decision makers, are critical elements for achieving the SDGs and ensuring that nobody is left behind.

Women possess, due to their different roles and responsibilities in society, a wealth of knowledge and experience with which they can contribute to sustainable development. However, often women cannot fully develop their potential, as they have limited access to decision-making processes, natural and economic resources and information. Therefore, gender-sensitive policies necessitate also more women
in decision-making and leadership positions in the water sector. Only then women can make their voices heard and contribute pro-actively to innovative approaches that depart from business as usual, which are necessary to achieve the SDGs.

The side event will be an interactive roundtable discussion aimed at learning from ongoing initiatives and activities fostering gender-sensitive approaches in water management in Central Asia, discuss policy gaps and needs for further engagement, and identify possible joint endeavors.

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SE2: LOW COST TECHNOLOGIES FOR WATER SUPPLY AND SOIL PROTECTION IN REMOTE AREAS

Organizers:

ALLIANCE 2015 (ACTED/France, Cesvi/Italy, Welthungerhilfe/ Germany and HELVETAS Swiss
Intercooperation/Switzerland)

Time and location: 17:00-18:30 Kokhi Somon, Oval Hall

Brief information:

Alliance2015 is a strategic network of eight European non-government organizations engaged in humanitarian and development activities. The Alliance2015 members are ACTED/France, Cesvi/Italy, Concern Worldwide/Ireland, Hivos/The Netherlands, IBIS/Denmark, People in Need/Czech Republic, Welthungerhilfe/Germany, and HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation/Switzerland. Strengthening the contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was the original intention of Alliance2015. Alliance 2015 is represented in Tajikistan by Acted, Cesvi, WHH (former German Agro Action) and Helvetas.

Some activities of Alliance2015 will be presented some activities of Alliance performed in Tajikistan and abroad in cooperation with local population and authorities will be presented during the side event. One example is low cost methodologies for having potable and low scale irrigation water in isolated rural areas where, for hydro-geological and economic reasons, it is extremely difficult to establish conventional water distribution systems. Low cost technologies for erosion prevention and landslide stabilization will be presented as well. These technologies can be easily implemented by local population, after proper training, in the framework of disaster risk reduction and protection of water basins and ecosystems. The experience of construction of small drinking water systems in remote areas (Murgab) includes also the side event.

Some examples of methodologies for establishing water user associations and their further institutional and operational development, including coordination with local authorities will also be presented. Practical cases of implementation of the abovementioned technologies and approaches will be illustrated with photos and other illustrations. Lessons learned and related considerations will be part of the presentation.

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SE3: OXFAM’S APPROACH TO ENSURING THAT NO ONE IS LEFT BEHIND IN ACCESS TO WATER AND SANITATION: LINKING POLICY, PRACTICE AND RESEARCH

Organizers:

Oxfam GB

Time and location: 17:00-18:30 Kokhi Somon, New Hall

Brief information:

We are witnessing more competing and complex global demands on water, which are being compounded by the insecurity and effects of climate change. As a result, a wider range of people in both low and middle income countries are being affected, not only in times of disaster, but on a daily basis. To tackle this, Oxfam GB will build on its structure, knowledge and experience in humanitarian WASH over the past 50 years and will now extend its portfolio to address wider global challenges of water insecurity. This new strategic approach seeks to achieve systemic change by tackling the root causes of both poor management and resource allocation within the water sector. Oxfam GB will aim at delivering lasting impacts for people living in poverty, specifically women, by convening emergency and development actors to strengthen the link between development, relief, and rehabilitation. This combined approach will channel a more unified approach to tackling the global water crisis.

Using examples of practical solutions to improving water resource management, governance and finance models from MENA (the Middle East and Northern Africa region), Asia and Tajikistan will demonstrate innovative ways to reducing inequalities through pro-poor approaches. This side event will address Oxfam’s contribution to SDG6, and also how to align with other SDG’s to ensure a holistic approach with more resilient actions in a changing world.

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SE4: BUILDING CAPACITY, STRENGTHENING COOPERATION AND ACADEMIC EXCHANGE IN CENTRAL ASIA TO ACHIEVE SDG-6

Organizers:

The Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (CAREC)

Time and location: 17:00-18:30 Kokhi Somon, Small Plenary Hall

Brief information:

Main objective: To improve awareness of existing regional programs and projects aimed at building the capacity of specialists in the sphere of integrated water resources management and enhancing academic exchange, strengthening regional cooperation and to identify routes for its improvement.

Tasks: To present methodology to expand capacities in the field of water resources in Central Asia and Afghanistan’s governance, training the young generation of water professionals, capable of applying IWRM principles in their daily work, strengthening regional cooperation in transboundary water management, as well as activities to promote the use of evidence-based tools in general practice. Moreover, the session aims to inform participants about the possibilities of cooperation in the framework of regional programs of other stakeholders and development partners.

Implementation: the side-event will initiate a dialogue with the audience to discuss the opportunities and will needs in the field of education and bring opportunities to conduct research related to water resources management.
Outcome: The greater number of the Symposium participants will be acquainted with existing opportunities of the CAREC regional initiatives and the USAID «Partnership for the expansion of involvement in research» program (PEER), as well as collected suggestions and recommendations of the national partners relevant to education and academic exchange in the water sector in order to achieve the Target 6.5.