Stockholm, Sweden – The IWRM AIO SIDS project took part to the World Water Week in Stockholm, from 28 August to 2 September 2016. The Regional Coordination Unit took the opportunity to convene a seminar to highlight the ongoing work on wastewater management and reuse in Small Island Developing States from the Atlantic and Indian Ocean. The CEO of the National Agency for Water and Sanitation of Cabo Verde, Hercules Vieira, and the Director of the Water Resource Unit of Mauritius, Lomush Joggoo, where invited by the project to share lessons learned and best practices during the event.
The session called “Using Wastewater Efficiently to Protect the Environment and Combat Poverty” aimed to promote project successfully promoting wastewater as a resource for food production (irrigation, fertilization), employment and electricity generation. It also focused on the role of wastewater in implementing IWRM approaches in developing countries, as well as in contributing to the implementation of the SDG 6, target 6.3. UNU-Flores, FAO, UNESCO and UNEP also took part to the event. Panelists included: Hercules Viera, CEO of ANAS in Cabo Verde; Stefan Uhlenbrook, World Water Assessment Programme, UNESCO; Lomush Juggoo, Director of the Water Resources of Mauritius; Birguy Lamizana, Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-Based Activities, UNEP; Marlos DeSouza, FAO; Reza Ardakanian, UNU-Flores.
By bringing together actors working on wastewater related projects implemented by a wide range of agencies and involving different sectors of activities around the world, the event created new synergies, partnerships and avenues for exchange of experiences.
The coordination unit also attended several other events including one organised by the Africa Minister’s Council on Water (and UNEP DGI) on “Monitoring and Reporting on Water and Sanitation SDGs”. This was followed by a high level event where African Ministers of Environment highlighted their national plans towards realising water and sanitation related Goals. One key outcome of the event was a call for harmonised reporting to AMCOW, aligned to SDG reporting. The event was important for the project as it links the work done on the development of a Regional IWRM Framework, which could fall under the auspices of the AMCOW.
UN Water also announced that the theme for World Water Day 2017 will focus on wastewater management and reuse.