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STRATEAU: a Decision Support Tool for a better water governance

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The objective is to give to the different decision makers (Governments, Local and Regional Authorities, Basin and Sub-Basin Organizations, Operators) a tool to appreciate water demand and supplies, and their interdependencies in the finest way with every data level available.
This tool is based on an innovative calculation of water demand (for agriculture, industry, domestic uses, energy production, …) which is compared to the available resources and needs (e.g. environmental). It is based on a “bottom-up” methodology allowing a quantitative analysis of locally-based water demand and resources. The aim is to implement the STRATEAU tool on different Mediterranean areas to set up a of water governance framework.

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An effective global legal framework for transboundary waters

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In recent years, water pollution and overuse have worsened in many places, and climate change is making water availability more unpredictable, with more frequent, widespread droughts and floods. These problems are compounded in the case of transboundary waters. International law requires states to cooperate over the sustainable management of these precious resources.

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Local committees for consultation between consumers and water professionals

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The aim of this committee is to enable regular exchanges between consumers, water and sanitation services managers and local authorities. Its composition must reflect the diversity of consumers and water stakeholders (associations, social tenants, healthcare professionals, residents’ associations, representatives of the relevant local authorities, professionals, etc.).

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Suez Environment Stakeholder engagement toolkit

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In order to identify relevant issues and stakeholders to engage, Suez Environment has developed a methodology and a software to help its managers to build their dialogue road map. While analyzing the local context, the tool allows to map the most critical issues to address and the most relevant stakeholders to engage,  with regard to these specific issues. Analyzing those maps then helps to build an action-oriented dialogue strategy that fits both with the operator’s and stakeholder expectations.

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An effective global legal framework for transboundary aquifers within the framework of the UNWC

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As a legal solution to address those concerns, WWF proposes the future adoption of a protocol to the UNWC, adapting its rules to all groundwaters relevant to international law. This protocol would take into account the draft articles and other legal sources, as a basis for renewed negotiations on the codification and development of international groundwater law, culminating in the adoption of the proposed protocol.

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The « Quadrilogue », a legitimate consultation process to implement basic services for all

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The “Quadrilogue” is a stakeholders’ engagement process in basic services management bringing together the State, local authorities, service providers – whether private, public or associative – , and users in order to establish an institutional architecture to assure a collective governance of services. It is a building process for a shared environment and vision for all actors and based on a consensus and a balance between all stakeholders.

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New Ideas on Water: a multi-stakeholder dialogue to help bring about a new model for water management

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Having met the challenge of the 20th century (i.e. bring water to every French household), the main focus of the 21st century will be to protect the quality and quantity of the resource. This means finding the right balance between all water uses and making sure that all stakeholders commit to apply best practices to water use and management. Convinced that the future of water must be written with everyone involved, SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT- Lyonnaise des Eaux launched the “New Ideas on Water” (“Idées Neuves”) project in 2010

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The Implementation of Ecologically Sustainable Development by Water Supply Business CEO’s

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The study established that there were approximately 333 water supply businesses in Australia with 14 different legal forms. These formal organisations and the informal institutions have different responses to the formal water law and policy changes. The responses of the formal organisations and informal institutions are instrumental to the success of the new water law and policy reforms under the National Water Initiative (NWI).

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Multiple Use Water Services (MUS)

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It is widely recognized that systems designed for one single use (either for domestic uses or for irrigation or for livestock) are in practice used for many non-planned uses, which give many livelihood benefits. In response to this reality, a new services approach emerged in the early 2000s: multiple use water services (MUS). MUS takes people’s multiple water needs as starting point of planning and design of infrastructure construction, rehabilitation and governance. MUS is a cost-effective way of generating more health and livelihood benefits than conventional single use approaches.

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V3 research project of the Volta Basin Development Challenges of the CPWF: Integrated management of small reservoirs for multiple uses.

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The Challenge Program on Water and Food has recently initiated a series of research projects under the umbrella of the Volta Basin Development Challenge that aim at “improving rainwater and small reservoir management to contribute to poverty reduction and improved livelihoods resilience while taking account of downstream and upstream water users including ecosystem services”. In this context, participatory approaches are conducted with local stakeholders in charge of small reservoir management, to characterize and to evaluate the current management rules, and to identify and to discuss with them potential alternatives. This task is central for the CPWF-V3 project focused on “Integrated Management of Small Reservoirs for Multiple Uses” that develops its activities along the Volta basin in Burkina Faso and Ghana.
During the Forum Session, the solution presented will aim at highlighting the many challenges daily encountered by the local stakeholders, expressed through the point of view of a core actor: the Mayor of a rural commune, Madam Asseta Ilboudo, Mayor of Loumbila (Burkina Faso), directly committed to drive and sustain the governance processes around small reservoirs.

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