At the annual World Water Week in Stockholm, the IUCN Water Programme launched a new series of knowledge products inspired by the work of over 10 years Water and Nature Initiative.
Based on experience from more than 20 worldwide Water and Nature Initiative (WANI) projects, key principles were identified that can guide the implementation of Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) in the field, and the policies needed to make IWRM achievable.
The Water Week side event was presented by Mark Smith, Director of the IUCN Global Water Programme, Ousmane Diallo, IUCN West Africa Water Coordinator, James Dalton, IUCN Water Management Adviser and Claire Warmenbol, IUCN Water Programme Communications Officer.
Through the recently published WANI Results' Report, the Initiative’s key principles and lessons learnt were outlined and shared. The new WANI website (www.waterandnature.org) functioning as a knowledge platform for the Initiative, was formally launched and demonstrated.
"WANI has delivered so many valuable publications and products sharing solutions on key IWRM issues. Under the new Water and Nature Initiative website, all these products, including briefings, case studies, videos and stories, have found a 'home' and can now be accessed and shared to benefit water professionals around the world", said Claire Warmenbol, IUCN Water Programme Communications Officer.
Stories from the WANI field project managers and beneficiaries form an important part of communicating WANI's learning and achievements. A short video on the IUCN WANI project in the Pangani Basin, Tanzania, was screened at the event. The video highlights the project’s work on good water governance and climate change resilience. Ousmane Diallo, Water Coordinator for West Africa , presented WANI's Komadugu Yobe Basin (KYB) Project, looking in closer detail on the application of IWRM in Nigeria.
IUCN also launched two new series of publications. The first, the WANI Case Study Series, gives detailed accounts of experiences from field projects and on thematic issues such as Environmental Flows. Environmental flows, or allocating sufficient water to benefit both people and the environment, is a vital tool in implementing IWRM using an ecosystems approach and is a feature of several IUCN WANI projects. James Dalton, IUCN Water Management Adviser, explained how Environmental Flows is integrated in WANI projects and the benefits it yields for improving ecosystem services and climate change resilience.
The second, the Water Briefings' series, presents recommendations for action on key topics in water resources management, and the evidence and lessons from WANI to back them up. Water Economics and Integrated Water Resource Management are the first two topics of the new Water Briefings' series.
For more information, please contact Claire Warmenbol, IUCN Water Programme Communications Officer: firstname.lastname@example.org