This space for discussion ends tonight. As one of the Moderators, I want to thank all of you for your interest and for sharing your viewpoints on Water, which is at the core of the sustainable development. Kind regards
Welcome to everyone to this second round. We will be glad to receive Your Voice and exchange opinions.
1 year 7 months
This week we have started at a new stage of online discussion in the Finance area. The new subject is Governance, and here are some questions to get you participating in the conversation:
• How do you, or could you, contribute to designing and implementing integrated water resources management (IWRM) policies or projects considering Finance aspects?
• How do you foster transboundary co-operation in Finance?
• How do you ensure multi-level governance, engage stakeholders and assess the results of policies in Finance?
Do not hesitate in making your contributions to enrich this discussion and encourage your colleagues to participate.
1 year 7 months
Esta semana hemos comenzado con la discusión de un nuevo tema transversal, “Compartir”, que durará 2 semanas (del 17 de julio al 30 de julio). Para empezar a debatir, les dejamos una lista de cuestiones al respecto:
¿Cuáles son las mejores soluciones y buenas prácticas compartidas para la implementación de los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenibles (ODS) teniendo en cuenta los aspectos financieros?
¿Cómo se puede involucrar a todos (público, privado y sociedad civil) en la gestión y gobernanza del agua desde el punto de vista de finanzas?
¿Cómo asegurar el respeto por la diversidad cultural, justicia y equidad en el sector del agua, mientras se comparte ciencia y conocimiento, desde una perspectiva del sector agua y las finanzas?
No duden en contribuir con la discusión y animar a otros compañeros a hacerlo.
Based on the previous comments, let me put into consideration some additional questions:
Regarding finance, What should be the role of governments? and complementarily, What should be the role of private sector and civil society?
1 year 12 months
Welcome to the another participant to the discussion and thanks for your comment. It is interesting to set a role of the public sector not only as a source of financing but also as a major player for developing an enabling environment and also to leverage further funding from other sectors.
Following your comment, let me pose the next question: Regarding broader roles of the public sector, What are the main points that central and local governments should address to foster innovative ways of investment in the water sector?
1 year 12 months
First Week Round Up:
The first week of the Online Consultation hosted by the WWF8 has come up with some interesting issues regarding the financing theme. As expected for the introductory week some general topics were brought by Leonardo Armijos-Leray and José María Varela, to whom we are thankful.
Especial emphasis has been made on the roles played by the public and the private sector for achieving a “water secure world”. However, while Leonardo focused on the relevance of giving the right importance to each sector in the discussion and opened the door for finance innovation to foster the private sector involvement, José María stressed the role of public sector as the cornerstone for improving the management and attracting further funding for the water sector in development countries.
In addition, two very important papers in the literature for water financing have been uploaded: Camdessus Report (2003) and “Water: Fit to finance?” (2015).
Finally, as a moderator, I would like to encourage all the people following this discussion to participate and stimulate it, particularly regarding financial innovation solutions for investments that will be the main topic next week.
1 year 11 months
Welcome aboard Peter and thanks for your comment. You have just addressed some of the main issues regarding water sector development: poor prioritization, limited finances or bad policies, among others.
Despite the obstacles, the challenge now is how to achieve the people with fewer resources in a fast and sustainable way, where the economic efficiency must be complemented with criteria of effectiveness and inclusiveness to the most disadvantaged. Financing the implementation of water SDGs and adaptation to climate change issues, instruments and policies seems to be one of the best ways to face these challenges ahead and a good theme of discussion.
1 year 11 months
The last weeks of the Online Consultation Discussion in the theme of Finance have resulted in some interesting comments. On one hand, some main issues hampering the water sector development were raised, such as poor prioritization, limited finance or insufficient policies, among others. Besides, legal certainty, partnerships with private sector, and fiscal incentives were pointed out as cornerstones to move forward. In this respect, it is very important noting that even though the water and sanitation access are human rights, it does not mean they should be free.
On the other hand, during the discussion it was indicated that not only raising funds is important, but also where and how to invest, and promoting private entrepreneurship was promoted to stimulate innovation through the measures commented above. Furthermore, it was also highlighted the relevance of improving the efficiency of water resources, particularly from irrigation that consumes the 70% of the total water consumed.
Lastly, we would like to thank all the participants for their contributions and viewpoints that were very enriching, and we hope we can keep this discussion in similar way for the following weeks.