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Sustainable management of water and water related ecosystems by Letitia A. Obeng, Chair of Global Water Partnership

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Key note address at Astana Ministerial Conference, September 2011

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Sustainable management of water and water related ecosystems by Letitia A. Obeng, Chair of Global Water Partnership

  1. 1. Sustainable management of water and water related ecosystems<br />Key note address<br />Astana Ministerial Conference, September 2011<br />Letitia A. Obeng<br />Chair of Global Water Partnership<br />
  2. 2. Water Resources and Water Related Ecosystems<br />The value of the ecosystem for socio-economic development has often not been appreciated in decision making<br />
  3. 3. Effective Development Policies and Strategies need to consider water and water related ecosystems<br />Policies and strategies must be developed taking into account the water-related needs of all the development sectors. <br />
  4. 4. Challenges in adapting to climate change….<br /><ul><li>IWRM/ other plans integrated into national development
  5. 5. High level leadership/ ownership
  6. 6. Strong inter-sectoral cooperation
  7. 7. Functioning Institutions
  8. 8. Climate and related Information
  9. 9. Small, Large Infrastructure and natural storage
  10. 10. Good governance</li></li></ul><li>If we fail to plan, prepare and act ….<br />Water Resources and Ecosystems<br />We run the risk that sustainable management of water to serve the development needs of peoples, will remain illusive and investments wasted.<br />Adapting to climate change <br />We run the risk that our adaptation responses may actually aggravate the problems and increase the vulnerability of communities rather than increase their resilience to them.<br />
  11. 11. Thank you for your attention<br />

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