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Agricultural Water for Africa – A Partnership for Excellence

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AgWA is a voluntary partnership comprising various African public and private institutions and international organisations that have a common interest and desire to support Agricultural Water Management (AWM) and development in Africa. Under AgWA Partnership, partners will set out those areas where they will conduct joint activities and generate benefits from collaborative actions, and avoid the duplications that have been pervaded the complex – and fragmented – organisation arrangements of the past. These collaborative activities are key to the Partnership delivering on its five components of advocacy, knowledge sharing, resource mobilisation, donor harmonization and capacity strengthening – within the AgWA Results-Based Framework.

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Conceptual Framework for Assessing Water Use in Hydropower Generation

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There is increasing global attention to the relationship between water use, water consumption and water loss  and energy generation and a few studies have started to try to quantify this.  A review of the literature on water use associated with energy has indicated that no coherent approach or terminology has been proposed or consistently applied to this issue. Very often numbers are used or quoted outside of the context in which they were originally developed.  This has shown to produce particularly distorted water consumption figures for hydropower, since the water use of this electricity type source is very complex.  Reservoir size and uses, climatic conditions, operating regimes and stakeholder agreements all vary from project to project and have an impact on value and significance of the local evaporation for the catchment.

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Establish a Platform for Policy-Makers to Facilitate Exchange on Water and Energy Practices

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To recognise the increasing importance of the nexus between water, energy and food and to ensure that policies are integrated and not made in silos, policy-makers from all three sectors will be brought together to form a platform for exchange.  Interaction will materialize through a number of regular physical meetings.  Further to this, a collection of existing mechanisms will be put together to inform the meetings as well as the session at the 7th World Water Forum.  Best practice mechanisms will be shared where appropriate.

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Evaluation Framework for Energy Impacts on Water

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The objective of the process over the next three years is development of a conceptual and analytical framework (and subsequent tool/s) for assessing and reporting the impact of energy services on water, noting that this must be comprehensive, coherent, consistent and applicable across all energy sources/technologies.

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Global Network of Water SMEs

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Despite progress on access to drinking water and sanitation for all, 884 million people worldwide still lack access to safe water and 2.6 billion have no access to basic sanitation services. In this context, international cooperation is essential to fostering the emergence of an enabling environment, able to remove the institutional, legislative, technological, and financial barriers that slow down the adoption of best practices for sustainable water resources management and the utilisation of the most efficient purification and sanitation technologies.

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Case study on the IWRM.NET: a network of national and regional research centers on Integrated Water Resources Management

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The Water Framework Directive has made the assessment that research results are not sufficiently visible to the community of potential users (decision-makers, managers, elected officials, communities and even the general public) and that there is a need to better enhanced them.

The IWRM.NET project intends to respond to these needs. Its objective is to create a network of national and regional research centers in the field of water in order to look for synergies between research programmes.

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Community of practices on monitoring mechanisms for water services delivery in small towns

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Regarding frequent sustainability gaps issues of water piped systems in small towns, several countries all over the world have adopted and implement monitoring mechanims to improve water services performance and transparence. To improve the understanding of these different mechanisms and to promote the setting up of such mechanisms in countries where they do not exist, a community of practice, gathering 300 personnes from 15 countries, has been launched at the beginning of 2011.

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Am5.1 By 2012, develop a Water-Energy Nexus Collaboration Network for the Americas

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Am5.1 By 2012, develop a Water-Energy Nexus Collaboration Network for the Americas that will coordinate the development of subregional policies, guidelines and best-practices that promote the interdependency between water and energy.

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Am3.1 By 2012 create a network of legislators and mobilize existing journalists netowrks on water resources

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Am3.1 By 2012 create a network of legislators and mobilize existing journalists netowrks on water resources in the Americas to contribute to the consolidation of water related legal and institutional frameworks.

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