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CPWF Progress Report to IWMI Board


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Presentation by Dr. Alain Vidal, CPWF Director to the IWMI Board in April 2012 to report on program progress. The presentation highlighted CPWF's emerging messages, its work to influence the global agenda and progress in each of the river basins that CPWF works.

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CPWF Progress Report to IWMI Board

  1. 1. CPWF Science Progress Report November 2011 – April 2012 Alain Vidal, CPWF Director
  2. 2. Outline 3rd International Forum on Water and Food Developing science and messages influencing the global agenda Early results from our six basins
  3. 3. IFWF3 highlights – the story CPWF is all about evidence but  300+ participants must do more to ensure quality  Research partners, decision evidence is made available makers, donors, media CPWF needs to maintain its  Mesh of Basin, TWG, local-to- relevance and accessibility for a global, global-to-local way beyond the science  Global social media and community traditional media coverage Gender matters – more needed  Interactive, dynamic and Young Professionals need real innovative recognition  Federating CPWF is rooted in the local –  Closing of the gaps between sincerely global science – development – policy CPWF in Africa
  4. 4. IFWF3 – the real story Multitude of case studies Evidence emerging from all projects Wide buy-into a model for carrying out AR4D Real challenge from insiders-outsiders to step up to the challenge of demonstrating the evidence and taking the space offered at the policy table CPWF able to ask itself tough questions, bring in external view, extend its partnerships
  5. 5. New CPWF messages Overall message: Despite challenges in many river basins, overall the planet has enough water to meet the full range of people’s and ecosystems’ needs for the foreseeable future, but equity will only be achieved through judicious and creative management.  Message 1. Wise use of our water resources for strengthening (rural) livelihoods and ecosystem services requires simultaneously using it more productively and sharing water and its benefits more equitably.  Message 2. Higher water productivity and greater social equity can be obtained only through a radical in change of policies and institutional arrangements in both developed and developing nations.  Message 3. The CPWF R4D strategy identified and promotes the policy, institutional and technological innovations required in developing countries for people to increase water productivity and ecosystem services in an equitable and sustainable manner. Very good echo in recent major global events: WWF6, PUP 2012
  6. 6. Andes: Benefit-sharing mechanismsand their low hanging fruits Trust funds and local dialogues established Upstream ecosystems restored Benefits downstream through improved pastures supporting community dairy production Consolidating Andes experience as a world-laboratory on BSMs Scaling out in Uganda and Nepal
  7. 7. Ganges: Freshwater storage forimproved livelihoods in polders Well managed short duration aman rice varieties double yield Improving local institutions to ensure hardware maintenance and improvement Key to use stored water to stabilize rainy season production intensify and diversify dry season production
  8. 8. Limpopo: Rainwater managementand value chains Strengthen agricultural value chains where market-related failures contribute to poverty Success of community innovation platforms depends on trust among the actors and sufficient incentives Appropriate technologies must fit existing livelihood systems and include socially acceptable incentives
  9. 9. Mekong: Hydropower and livelihoods Techniques, land and water uses identified that can increase benefits available to riparian communities Fish-rice systems Artificial wetlands in reservoirs Add value for both dam builders and communities Dialogue processes identified institutional weaknesses in the ways regulations are implemented
  10. 10. Nile: Rainwater management andlandscapes Rainwater management interventions to target landscapes, linking bio-physical drivers with socio-economic factors Suitability map considering key limiting factors: erosion, rainfall regimes, soil fertility and enterprise choices Development of innovation platforms in 3 different landscapes
  11. 11. Volta: Rainwater and small reservoirs Identified successes (soil-water conservation, small reservoirs, and small pumps) and failures (culture and gender-sensitivity) Integration of maintenance costs in project budgets and capacity building of actors (mostly farmers) Resilience analysis helps evaluate common threads driving or limiting innovations
  12. 12. Thank you