We had insightful and privilege discussions in the first round regarding the challenges of People - water, sanitation and health that you would like to be discussed in World Water Forum, 2018.
I welcome you all to this new discussion for cross-cutting subjects of capacity, governance, sharing, and sustainability, starting with capacity for first 2 weeks.
We look forward to your valuable insights and the fruitful discussion.
2 years 1 month
Hello Mr. Sayed, thank you for your contribution. It would be great if you share with us your experience and insights in Pakistan and How can People – water, sanitation and health stimulate collaborative actions that will lead to a sustainable use of water resources in Pakistan
2 years 1 month
Thanks so much Mr. Naomi for your contribution. I do agree with you, putting water at the top of the agenda has a crucial part of tackling water challenges and implementation of IWRM approach. Water connects, it doesn’t separate – what manifests itself as a regional or local crisis quickly becomes a global problem. Water crises affect economies of all sizes.
2 years 4 weeks
Thanks so much for your contribution and the valuable discussions. I will try to summarize what we had been discussing in the following points:
1- Water sector has been facing great challenges towards sustainability such as
Lack of technical capacities of government service providers
Lack of implementation of laws, regulations and best practices where exists
Lack of financial means.
2- Collaborative actions by a range of water-users will help protect water resources e.g ground water
3- Promoting Sustainability through Net Zero Strategies. Conserving water, reducing energy use, and eliminating solid waste can improve the environment, save money, and help communities become more sustainable and resilient
4- Urban planning should take into account the role of water in all its different functions.The opportunity for water sustainability depends greatly on the dynamics of urban development and the transformation effort of the individual districts
5- Sustainability of community water supply should be based on (i) a clear understanding of the existing problems, (ii) the beneficial impacts achievable, and (iii) the factors which determine sustainability.
Non-revenue water (NRW) is one of the main challenges nowadays in the urban water system which could reach up to 50% of water is being lost. Water losses represent a loss in energy and finance to supply and treat the water which has influence on customer's satisfaction. In the Middle East and Noth Africa (MENA) in addition to climate change in the region, Population grows and the influx of refugees put a great pressure on water resources. NRW make up from 40 % to 60 % of water supply. the situation is getting worse in the region especially in Jordan where water resources are very limited and water supply is intermittent in which people receive the water only one to two days per week. this forces the people to invest in roof tanks to secure their demand.
This topic should be significant to be raised in the WWF to tackle the problem in holistic ways apart from the solos solutions in integrated approaches to reduce the real and apparent losses in urban systems.
Welcome to the discussion and sharing our thoughts and experiences on water-related issues. One of the major challenges in arid and semi-arid countries such as MENA region where I come from is the scarcity of water resources. For instance, Jordan is the second water-poorest country, where water per capita is 88 percent below the international water poverty. water supply is intermittent in which people receive water only once or twice per week and it is common to store water in rooftop tanks
The scarcity of water is exacerbated by climate change, population growth and the influx of refugees. Achieving SDG no6 is a great challenge in the region which requires a paradigm shift from the status quo to sustainable and holistic approach.
Sanitation problems such as wastewater collection, treatment, and reuse are the most common issue in the whole world and very critical in developing countries. Wastewater treatment and reuse are essential for both of human health and environment protection by removing pollutions and organic substances. Since the beginning of the 20th-century public facilities have been installed globally which treat wastewater at a central location before discharge into the environment through direct discharge to the water bodies or reuse in agriculture.
Despite all measures, water challenges shed the lights on the economic and political fragility of our societies in the face of interlinked shocks to water, energy and food nexus. This underscored the danger that policies that neglected these critical nexuses would create more problems than they solved.
2 years 6 months
Dear Kirit , thank you for your contribution. could you please share with us what is the main reason for water quality deterioration? I know that arsenic is a big issue in India which is naturally present at high level in ground water!
Moreover, is it only in rural areas or it could be extended to big cities?
2 years 6 months
Thanks so much Priscilla for your input. I am totally convinced that young people play a great role in boosting water sector especially in Africa (Nigeria). could you share with us some experiences about the main challenges that youth face to be engaged in WASH sector?.
2 years 6 months
Dear Carlos ,
Thanks so much for sharing the handbook. it would be great if you share your insights about the subject and how could we put this in practice?
Water and Jobs would be an excellent topic for the agenda of the 8th World Water Forum reflecting the issues of youth involvement in water sector