The discussions during the 8th World Water Forum will be organized under 9 themes: 6 general themes (Climate, People, Development, Urban, Ecosystems, and Finance) and 3 cross-cutting themes (Sharing, Capacity, and Governance).

The Citizen’s Forum has also been selecting its thematic priorities based on the consultation processes that have taken place during preparatory meetings.

The thematic framework of the 8th Forum and the thematic priorities to the Citizen’s Forum are presented below.

8th FORUM THEMES

Each theme was divided into topics. Find below a general theme description and their respective topics.

CLIMATE

Water and Climate Change will be addressed as one of the Forum’s central themes, focusing on climate risk assessment, water security and protection of people and livelihoods. In order to reach that, four topics have been set to comprise the debate questions under Climate. The following topics should split into Thematic Sessions and other debate stages during the 8th World Water Forum in 2018:

  1. Managing risk and uncertainty for resilience and disaster preparedness
  2. Water and adaptation to climate change
  3. Water and climate change mitigation

Climate science and water management: the communication between science and decision/policy making.

PEOPLE

The 8th World Water Forum will have Water and People as one of its central themes, focusing on access to water, sanitation in all its aspects, and water and health issues. In order to reach that, three topics have been set to comprise the debate questions under People. The following topics should split into Thematic Sessions and other debate stages during the 8th World Water Forum in 2018:

  1. Enough safe water for all
  2. Integrated sanitation for all
  3. Water and public health

DEVELOPMENT

Water for Sustainable Development is one of the Forum’s central themes, focusing on water for human activities and the role of water use in different sectors and in countries’ development. In order to reach that, four topics have been set to comprise the debate questions under Development. The following topics should split into Thematic Sessions and other debate stages during the 8th World Water Forum in 2018:

  1. Water, energy and food security nexus (Water for food/ Water for energy)
  2. Inclusive and sustainable growth, water stewardship and industry
  3. Efficient use of surface water and groundwater - urban and rural
  4. Infrastructure for sustainable water resource management and services

URBAN

water in cities is one of the Forum’s central themes, focusing on integrated urban water and waste management. In order to reach that, three topics have been set to comprise the debate questions under Urban. The following topics should split into Thematic Sessions and other debate stages during the 8th World Water Forum in 2018:

  1. Water and cities
  2. The circular economy – reduce, reuse, recycle
  3. Treatment and reuse Technologies

ECOSYSTEMS

The 8th World Water Forum will have Ecosystems as one of its central themes, focusing on water quality, ecosystem livelihoods and biodiversity. In order to reach that, four topics have been set to comprise the debate questions under Ecosystems. The following topics should split into Thematic Sessions and other debate stages during the 8th World Water Forum in 2018:

  1. Managing and restoring ecosystems for water services and biodiversity
  2. Natural and engineered hydrological systems
  3. Water and land use
  4. Ensuring water quality from ridge to reef

FINANCE

Finance is one of the Forum’s central themes, focusing on innovative solutions and facing emerging problems towards water security. In order to comprise the debate sections, the following three topics have been set, which should split into Thematic Sessions and other debate stages during the event in 2018:

  1. Economics and financing for innovative investments
  2. Financing implementation of water SDGs and adaptation to climate change
  3. Finance for sustainable development – supporting water-friendly business

THEMATIC PRIORITIES TO THE CITIZEN’S FORUM

The thematic priorities to the Citizen’s Forum are still being identified and takes into account several meetings with stakeholders.

The outcomes of the Second Stakeholders Meeting are presented below. This event was held in Brasilia on April 26th and 27th, 2017, as a preparatory activity for the 8th World Water Forum.

1. Mobilization of citizens for legal acknowledgement of water and sanitation rights;

2. Environmental education for citizen actions on water management;

3. Public participation experiences in the implementation of water and sanitation solutions in urban and rural areas;

4. The logic of water privatization vs. water as human right: conflicts and challenges;

5. Popularization of science for the empowerment of citizen actions;

6. The use of new technologies for the strengthening of integrated and participative water management;

7. Socio-environmental justice for risk and vulnerable communities;

8. Strategies for the inclusion of traditional groups in territory and water management;

9. Empowerment of the civil society to develop alternatives for environmental service compensation;

10. Acknowledgement and inclusion of traditional communities’ knowledge in integrated water management;

11. Strategies for youth participation and engagement with water issues;

12. Women participation in water management;

13. Social participation during water crises (raw water and treated water);

14. Public participation, transboundary river basins and construction of dams;

15. Environmental education for the protection of ecosystems and livelihoods (focus on the Earth Charter);

16. Legal acknowledgement of aquatic ecosystems as water users and of water bodies as rightful subjects;

17. Culture of peace for cooperative water sharing;

18. The role of participative bodies in water conflict mediation;

19. Water and public health: water security and the impact of chemical pollution (agro-toxins, industrialized products and drugs);

20. The role and effectiveness of participative bodies in water management (river basin committees and others);

21. Community participation in the reforestation of water springs and riparian forests;

22. Diffusion of alternative water and sewage treatment systems for water security;

23. Interfaces between water and solid waste management.