The USAID-funded Sustainable Water Partnership (SWP) will participate in a sofa session at World Water Week (August 26-31) in Stockholm, Sweden. This global annual conference, organized by Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), acts as a focal point for water experts, decision-makers, businesses and thought leaders concerned with water issues. This year’s theme is “Water, Ecosystems and Human Development.”
The Mara River Basin (Kenya and Tanzania) and Tonle Sap Basin (Cambodia) are globally important regions of biodiversity that provide critical ecosystem services for human development and well-being. However, growing demand for water, food and energy in these two basins driven by socioeconomic development and population pressure gives new urgency to the need for innovative approaches that build stakeholder collaboration to responsively plan and implement actions in the face of competing demands and future uncertainty.
In the Mara River, SWP is working with Kenyan and Tanzanian stakeholders to improve water decision-making by providing science, tools and capacity building, including developing one of the first transboundary water allocation plans. In the Tonle Sap Basin, SWP is working with stakeholders in the Stung Chinit catchment to identify and prioritize key water security risks and implement measures that build resilience. In this Sofa Event, SWP staff and representatives of our key institutional partners, the Lake Victoria Basin Commission and Tonle Sap Authority, will describe the challenges and opportunities in the Mara River and Tonle Sap Basin, provide an overview of the approaches employed under the SWP Activities, and discuss accomplishments related to improving water security and meeting human development and ecosystem needs.
Feature photo: Bobby Neptune/Winrock International.