Achieving water security and building climate resilience within our watersheds

About the Forum

Urban stakeholders have a critical role to play in preserving the freshwater resources on which they depend. A disruption in supply of freshwater resources to cities can have significant economic, environmental and health consequences. The Basin-Connected Cities Forum will explore what actions by cities need to be taken today to achieve sustainable management of basins into the future.

Who will attend?

The Forum is open to all participants of the World Water Congress & Exhibition.

Join cities, regulators, utilities, industry, and basin leaders in exchanging experiences and determining how to become better water stewards in their watersheds to secure the water resource, protect water quality and prepare (and respond) to extreme events.

What is the Forum Structure?

Following the Basin Leaders Forum in Brisbane, Australia in 2016, and a series of workshops in 2017 which have shaped the Agenda, the Forum will convene thought leaders and urban stakeholders.  There will be two 90 minute sessions, the first on the Transition to Basin-Connected Cities and the second on Innovative Practices The sessions will have a mixture of panel and roundtable discussion where the aim is to maximise knowledge sharing.

The event will follow the launch of the Action Agenda for Basin-Connected Cities at the Water-Wise Hub on September 19th at 12:10pm.  The Agenda aims to influence and activate urban stakeholders to be water stewards in their basins.

Expected outputs

  • Outcome report with key messages and next steps
  • Collection of case studies to illustrate the Action Agenda for Basin-Connected Cities

Get involved

*An IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition 2018 registration is compulsory for Forum attendees.

Preliminary agenda
Thursday, 20 September 2018 – 10:30-15:00 – Room 7

Session 1 | 10:30-12:00
Transition to Basin-Connected Cities – Urban perspective
This session focuses on the transition to basin-connected cities, with experience from different city representatives . This will be followed by roundtable discussions.

Session 2 | 13:30-15:00
Innovative practices: Tools for action
In this session speakers will present case studies (on how to realise action that enables basin-connected cities. This includes developing a vision, governance strategies, regulatory and financial incentives, building knowledge and capacity, planning tools and implementation tools.  This will be followed by roundtable discussions.

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Action Agenda for Basin-Connected Cities

The “Basin-Connected Cities Action Agenda” aims to inform, influence and activate urban stakeholders to protect and invest in water resources , together with basin and catchment organsiations. The Agenda outlines the rationale for urban stakeholder to lead the way in realising their roles as water stewards and the different pathways and activities towards achieving sustainable water management. This includes the Drivers for Action such as extreme events, declining water quality, and water availability; followed by the Pathways to Action through assessment, planning and implementation; and the Foundations for Action from developing a vision to building capacity to improving governance.

Join the  launch at the Water-Wise Hub, Exhibition – Wednesday, 19 September 2018 at 12:10 PM

Programme Committee