Wednesday, 19 September 2018
How can regulatory authorities enable resilience and sustainable development? The answer is nature
The 5th International Water Regulators Forum (IWRF) welcomes high level regulatory authorities and officials with regulatory and supervisory functions related to the provision of water, sanitation and wastewater management services. This year we continue facilitating peer-to-peer dialogue and learning across regulatory functions –economic, health, environment and quality of service–; and bridging regulators across the sector and, especially, with the research, science and technology communities to enable the innovation and collaboration for the water wise world we want.
The 5th edition of the IWRF will address the SDGs challenge towards water-related ecosystems and their services (SDG 6.6 and 15.1), as basis for resilient and sustainable universal access to water and sanitation for all.
Today, cities like Cape Town –internationally recognized by their efforts in water management, but now struggling with a “Day Zero (water)”– remind us that natural systems underpins resiliency for water and wastewater services. Action towards nature-based solutions (NBS) for resiliency does not need to stop here; if we look at nature as a source of inspiration and capability, then novel nature-based solutions can be strategically planned and engineered to solve current and future problems in cities and basins.
The Forum is an invite only event with exception of the closing plenary. Invitees are also required to register through the Congress system.
The 5th IWRF is organized in two closed sessions and one open plenary, followed by a series of sessions throughout the week (see itinerary at the end).
Closed sessions are invite only meetings. These sessions are structured to maximize interaction amongst participants.
The open plenary is designed to leverage dialogue incorporating high level policy and decisions makers to focus on how to enable collaborative governance and inform effective water wise policies.
Are existing regulatory models, institutions and professionals ready for the challenge?
Short plenary presentations to introduce key topics, followed by roundtable discussions led by the speakers. All sessions conclude with a round of key messages from each table and plenary discussion. Suggested topics for presentations/discussion:
- What examples of resilience regulation for the wider water cycle exist in the world?
- What can regulators do to enable better management of solutions in a complex, adaptive, and probably unpredictable context?
- When incorporating NBS, who is the responsible party for correction and for how long does this last? What kind of compliance assurance program would follow?
- How are risks being controlled? Are water safety plans responding to these challenges?
- Are young water professionals learning the right tools?
Sustainable financing and economic resilience of the services
Short plenary presentations to introduce key topics, followed by roundtable discussions led by the speakers. All sessions conclude with a round of key messages from each table and plenary discussion. Suggested topics for presentations/discussion
- What (NBS) solutions are sustainable in terms of reliable income streams?
- What alternative governance and delivery models can be applied?
- Are performance indicators even possible to predict?
- What incentives for improvement will produce NBS solutions?
Panel discussion with the audience. Synthesis of the dialogue in the closed sessions incorporated into a conversation with high level decision and policy makers across the cycle. This part of the Forum aims at exploring and enabling collaborative governance amongst key actors to inform effective water wise policies.