Technical Committee Chair's report by Dr Mohamed Ait-Kadi - CP meeting Day 1

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  • Portfolio of activities – a flagship model of engagement for GWP -- that pro-actively joins up the Network through the Knowledge Chain (i.e. identifying / distilling / sharing / evolving Knowledge on TB water security) – TEC; GWPO; NWOfficers; Regional and Country Partnerships, and Knowledge Partners; and that consolidates current activities on TB right across the network Development of the GWP Operational Strategy on TB : Concept paper on TB (which includes joining up with RWPs and key Knowledge partners (providing conceptual framework for the work). Engagement with RWPs to provide key inputs for Operational Strategy on TB by providing inputs on the following key issues: (i) what is GWP’s comparative advantage in this arena? (providing a unified but locally informed consolidated statement on justification for this work; (ii) mapping the current activities and partners on TB at the local/regional level; (iii) providing current examples of how local / regional practice contributes to the TB mission statement (from the GWP strategy) Engagement with key Knowledge partners – Chatham House; GEF; SIWI; Dundee; etc. This is a pilot methodology for a more holistic engagement across GWP, based upon the Knowledge Chain >> Discovering / Developing/Devising/Delivering/Disseminating Knowledge together in ways that are meaningful to our constituency, but also contributing to global knowledge and best practice.
  • Technical Committee Chair's report by Dr Mohamed Ait-Kadi - CP meeting Day 1

    1. 1. TECHNICAL COMMITTEE Chair’s Report Mohamed AIT KADI Consulting Partners Meeting 18 August 2011
    2. 2. Technical Committee Members
    3. 3. 2010 Recruited 3 new members: Tushaar Shah, Dale Whittington and Wouter T.L. Arriens Completed the design of a comprehensive “knowledge chain” concept for GWP engaging the Secretariat, RWPs and Knowledge Partners and initiated its implementation through appropriate and concerted working arrangements Initiated a phased process to develop the Technical Committee’s 2010-2012 road map Provided support/advice to the Chair and Executive Secretary and co-authored papers/presentations Continued engagements with Partners: WWAP, UN WATER, SIWI, WWC, Bonn 2011 Participated as keynote speaker/panelist in major regional/international events
    4. 4. Road Map 2010-12 TEC1 & TEC2 <ul><li>TC3 + Senior Advisers </li></ul><ul><li>KC Workshop </li></ul><ul><li>CP 2010 & RD </li></ul><ul><li>International meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Engaging with other leading institutions </li></ul>
    5. 6. TEC Priority Thematic Areas <ul><li> Equity and IWRM  Climate change, food and water security nexus  Transboundary cooperation  Integrated urban water management  Water security  The economics of water security </li></ul>
    6. 7. TEC Approach <ul><li>3 key drivers : Substantive : understanding TEC thematic areas through the prism of water security – contributing substantive clarity Procedural : building strong RWPs & CWPs across the network – providing operational guidance Knowledge Chain : harvesting and sharing knowledge across the network – RWPs/CWPs + KPs </li></ul>
    7. 8.  Towards a common operational methodology: 1. Concept note 2. Perspective paper 3. Regional case studies 4. Feedback and validation 5. Background Paper 6. Publication and dissemination >> Assist GWPO Secretariat in d eveloping operational strategies TEC working approach...
    8. 9. TEC Publications in 2011
    9. 10. <ul><li>Highlights from 2011… </li></ul>
    10. 11. Equity Theme <ul><li>Publication of Background Paper: </li></ul><ul><li>Brings greater clarity to the concept of “social equity” in the context of water </li></ul><ul><li>Provides a framework for considering the multiple dimensions of equity in water resources development and management </li></ul>
    11. 12. Equity – Some Key Messages <ul><li>Social equity in water management is primarily about people, not water. </li></ul><ul><li>It is not enough to consider only policies and processes within the water sector, but also the combined effects of these with other policies in other sectors and national development and economic policies. </li></ul><ul><li>Although tradeoffs are sometimes required between the goals of social equity and economic efficiency, well designed policies that look at benefits and costs holistically can often advance both goals. </li></ul>
    12. 13. Climate Change, Water & Food Security <ul><li>Joint workshop with IWMI on Climate Change, Food and Water Security in South Asia held 24-25 February 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Workshop on Regional Approaches to Food and Water Security in the Face of Climate Challenges in Southern & Eastern Africa held 23‐24 May 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>High-level conference held at Chatham House 14-15 June; under discussion: joint research programme with Dundee Univ & Chatham House targeted at unpacking and identifying key issues related to water security and within water/energy/food nexus </li></ul>
    13. 14. South Asia workshop <ul><li>Brought together 75 policy makers, practitioners and researchers from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the international community </li></ul><ul><li>Outcomes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Planning Commissions of India and Pakistan resolved to develop a collaborative work plan & seek financial support to set it in motion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Synthesis available at www.gwp.org </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Follow-up: Support the establishment of a platform on integrated drought and flood monitoring and forecasting building on existing country expertise and encouraging regional cooperation </li></ul>
    14. 15. Southern & Eastern Africa workshop <ul><li>Organised by: Development Bank of Southern Africa, GWP, IWMI, and the South African National Planning Commission with the support of African Development Bank, the EAC, and SADC </li></ul><ul><li>Brought together 100 practitioners, policy makers, researchers, and representatives from private sector, financial institutions, regional bodies such as NEPAD and CAADP and international organisations such as FAO and IHA </li></ul><ul><li>Outcomes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Raised the profile of regional cooperation for development on South Africa’s agenda </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identified specific opportunities in energy and water </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provided groundwork for greater regional collaboration, particularly cooperative strategies with the private sector to improve lives and livelihoods as well as grow products and profits </li></ul></ul>
    15. 16. Transboundary Cooperation <ul><li>Developing portfolio of activities: </li></ul><ul><li>Set-up of GWP/ Dundee Knowledge Chain Scholarship Programme on International Water Law – proposed 30 scholarships awarded annually over 5 years = 150 capacity enhanced participants across the GWP network </li></ul><ul><li>First round of students (out of 87 applicants) accepted & trained </li></ul>
    16. 17. Transboundary Cooperation <ul><li>Background paper on legal aspects of transboundary cooperation under way for publication by end of 2011. Will work with RWPs to harvest issues on the ground and lessons learned. </li></ul><ul><li>GWP/GEF project – building upon GEF’s on-going activities in transboundary as a key partner in this field (GWP-hosted GEF meeting 8 May 2011) </li></ul><ul><li>Contribution to INBO handbook (in process) on IWRM at the transboundary basin level for dissemination at WWF6 in Marseille </li></ul>
    17. 18. Integrated Urban Water Management <ul><li>Perspectives Paper published (to be launched during Stockholm Water Week) </li></ul><ul><li>Background Paper under preparation for publication by the end of 2011 </li></ul>

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