Thank you Thamsanqa for this insight. You're correct indeed, that there has been increased focused on the social aspects such as human right and inequalities, such as under SDG 6.1 striving for universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water. Access is a serious issue across developing countries, essentially for marginalized groups ranging from women and children, to poorer sections of society. Ideally we need to capture best practice of how countries have been able to successfully address these issues to ensure wide-ranging access for all. What is the situation in your countries?
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Education in schools and building of capacity of all stakeholders in the water sector is key to obtaining sustainable development in the water sector, from ensuring more informed decision making, to increased participation and enbaling environments. From your experiences, what are the key challenges to building capacity that prevent overall implementation of a sustainable development agenda in your country?
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Thank you all for actively participating in the second round of discussions. Here's a quick summary of key points discussed:
Water and development can help mainstream sustainability issues related to water to the center of decision-making and strategy definition by governments and business through effective corporate water stewardship cases, involvement of the private sector using sustainable production methods, and sharing of best practices, which are then transferred to all stakeholders through trainings and awareness raising. This will then feed into baseline for formulating and monitoring development strategies at all levels. Increased capacity development at the end user level needs to be enhanced to ensure more sustainable consumption practices.
Water and Development can stimulate collaborative actions that will lead to a sustainable use of water resources as through developed capacity, all stakeholders understand its critical value as a finite resource, thus making it a common foundations for dialogue. Water Forums which are independently moderated, provide necessary platforms to enable participatory approaches, encourage fair and inclusive agreements. As such, both capacity development efforts and enabling environment discussion forums build towards improving society resilience to water issues, giving that water availability is reducing, while consumption simultaneously increases in most countries.
When considering water for development it is critical to address the different impacts of water use by women and men, as well as the various ways in which each are affected differently by water management decisions. Despite the challenges, there are numerous benefits in considering gender from the design stage through to implementation of water policies and practices. The benefits can be seen in enhanced economic sustainability and efficiency, social equity and improved water governance. What are your experiences from your countries? Are policies gender mainstreamed? If so, in what ways? If not, what are the clear negative impacts resulting from this?