AGWA at World Water Week

World Water Week 2018 took place from 26-31 August in Stockholm. World Water Week is the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues - bringing together experts from the world’s scientific, business, government and civic communities. It is organized by SIWI. This year, the theme is "Water, ecosystems and human development."

AGWA hosted several events leading up to World Water Week as well as convening workshops, panels, and seminars throughout. To find out about WWW's program, theme, and much more, please visit

This page will highlight the events specifically related to AGWA both prior to and throughout the week. It will be updated as more details and events are finalized. Make sure to check back periodically.
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"Water is key to our future prosperity, and together we can achieve a water wise world."

Takeaways from WWW2018: Overarching Conclusions Report from SIWI

To synthesize all of the accomplishments and lessons learned from World Water Week 2018, SIWI has compiled an "Overarching Conclusions" report — now available online. The theme for 2018 was Water, Ecosystems, and Human Development. The report is comprised of SIWI's main conclusions, reflections from the Scientific Program Committee, and analysis from the rapporteurs that covered all 265 sessions.

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Important AGWA Events in Stockholm

With so many water experts and AGWA members in Stockholm for the week, AGWA often holds several organizational events leading up to WWW. This includes our Annual Members Meeting - now in its eighth year! We will also organize a social dinner in order to let our 1200-plus international members get to know one another, network, and reconnect.
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AGWA Dinner

On Friday, 24 August AGWA will be organizing an informal, friendly dinner for members of its network. For those people that arrive in Stockholm by Friday, the dinner will be a great opportunity to catch up with fellow members prior to the Annual Members Meeting and World Water Week. This year the dinner will take place at Waipo in Stockholm. Please RSVP using this form if you are interested.

When: Friday, 24 August; 20:00-22:00
Venue: Waipo (

Eighth Annual Members Meeting

AGWA has had another year of significant growth in membership and expansion of programs since the last Annual Meeting. The meeting will provide a recap of the past year (based around content from the Annual Report) as well as an outline for the year ahead. The goal is to have a dynamic meeting, with activities meant to encourage active participation from AGWA members and to elicit ideas, feedback, and interaction. AGWA is a member-driven network and we want to hear your input!

When: Saturday, 25 August; 13:00-17:00
Venue: NL 351 - Stockholm City Conference Centre

AGWA's World Water Week Events

Below is a list of the official World Water Week events and seminars related to AGWA. In each of these AGWA serves in a leading role as a convenor, co-convenor, or presenter. All events will take place in the Stockholm City Conference Centre in one of two buildings - Norra Latin (NL) and Folkets Hus (FH). To find out about other sessions or search the full list of events, visit

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Sunday, 26 Aug.

An Action Agenda for Green Infrastructure

This event reports on progress made over the past year on an action agenda for green infrastructure. At the 2017 World Water Week, over 25 individuals representing 16 organizations held a dialogue to discuss action to catalyze greater uptake of green infrastructure as a critical complement to traditional gray water infrastructure. Participants explored how best to leverage accumulating experience to get to a tipping point in mainstreaming green infrastructure, develop consensus on specific recommendations and prioritized actions, and commit to a blueprint for action as a path forward.

When: Sunday, 26 August; 09:00-10:30
Venue: NL 253
Event website: Click here
Convenors: Forest Trends / Nature Insurance value: Assessment and Demonstration Project Consortium / Deltares / The Nature Conservancy / Alliance for Global Water Adaptation / Stockholm International Water Institute

A new global initiative: The Alliance for Freshwater Life

The Alliance for Freshwater Life is an ambitious global collaboration to halt losses of freshwater biodiversity, and stimulate research, conservation and policy dialogue for the sustainable use of freshwater ecosystems. The Sustainable Development Goals and numerous international laws and policy statements propose to reverse the rapid and unprecedented decline in freshwater ecosystems and species globally. Nonetheless, the importance of freshwater life is still often ignored when meeting human demands for water, and the familiar retort from advocates for freshwater life that “business as usual is not an option” has grown tired.

With the support of scientists, civil society, industry and the political establishment, this showcase will launch the Alliance, bringing together expertise from some of the world’s top institutions specialized in research, conservation, environmental education, outreach, and policy for sustaining freshwater biodiversity. The showcase will celebrate what is possible through story-telling, and inspirational film, photography and interactive imaging. Using examples of successes and key lessons learnt, we will engage the audience in an interactive session to inspire and mobilize a collaboration among diverse stakeholders. The session will be effectively moderated and recorded, and with a focus to keep the conversation going well after the showcase is over.

When: Sunday, 26 August; 09:00-10:30
Venue: FH Cabaret
Event website: Click here
Convenors: IHE Delft / International Union for Conservation of Nature / World Wide Fund for Nature / Conservation International / Alliance for Global Water Adaptation / Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries / National Great Rivers Research and Education Center
Monday, 27 Aug.

Mastering Disaster in the Anthropocene: Reconciling DRR and Climate Frameworks

Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) policies and actions have made significant progress to ensure early warning, effective risk assessment for extreme events, and coordinated response and recovery processes. The climate adaptation world has also shown progress against identifying novel and emerging threats and the systemic social-ecological interventions necessary to address and reduce long-term risks. As bodies of policy (Sendai and the UNFCCC) and as communities of practice (DRR and adaptation), these worlds still remain largely separate, however. How do ensure that DRR institutions and policies can track the threats that are projected to come, and which may require integrated land and water management shifts across large spatial and temporal scales? How can we encourage the UNFCCC and NDC framework to harness disaster preparation and recovery efforts as a mechanism for ensuring long-term adaptation and resilience?

When: Monday, 27 August; 16:00-17:30
Venue: FH 307
Event website: Click here
Convenors: World Water Council / Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment of the Netherlands / Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit / The World Bank Group / Stockholm International Water Institute / AGWA / Deltares / Aarhus university / United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction / Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany / Office of the UNSG's Special Envoy for Disaster Risk Reduction and Water: High Level Experts and Leaders Panel on Water and Disasters (HELP)
Tuesday, 28 Aug.

Eye on LAC: Green-Gray Infrastructure - The Case for Investment

This event will promote dialogue among financial institutions, water sector, governments, and NGOs to clarify why and how to invest in natural infrastructure, and how to encourage investment through improved regulatory and institutional structures. Nature-based solutions to water challenges can complement, safeguard, and lower the cost of operating conventional water infrastructure and hydropower systems, while providing additional ecosystem services that enhance human well-being. New analyses on green-gray infrastructure projects in Brazil, Mexico, and Ecuador have shed light on why, where, and how to invest in natural infrastructure, in ways that complement or improve existing water management and gray infrastructure approaches. These case studies have also exposed key challenges to scaling up green infrastructure solutions. This event will review these studies and discuss their findings to evaluate the worthiness and feasibility of green infrastructure investments for Latin America.

When: Tuesday, 28 August; 16:00-17:30
Venue: FH Congress Hall A
Event website: Click here
Convenors: Inter-American Development Bank / RTI International / World Resources Institute
Wednesday, 29 Aug.

ASIA Focus: Innovative Financing to Protect Ecosystems in Asia

Although conservation of ecosystems does not carry the same weight and importance to development planners and politicians as more immediate concerns around water provision for urban populations, agriculture, power generation and industry, its importance in the long term maintenance of healthy water endowments cannot be overstated.

Over the past few years various attempts have been made in Asia to develop methods, processes and products to increase investments in ecosystems as a long term measure to maintain water environment healthier. This has not been an easy passage because such investments are for the long term and the difficulties to show the effectiveness of projects superseded more tangible benefits in the short term.

On the other hand, more discerning organizations are continuing their efforts to increase sources of such funding which could be called as innovative green finance. Case studies from Pakistan, the Mekong and China will attempt to describe the impact of concepts such as compensatory financing.

Panel discussions and a dialogue with the audience will help in assessing whether financing for the preservation of ecosystems can be developed as a norm and therefore help a public policy effort.

When: Wednesday, 29 August; 09:00-10:30
Venue: FH 202
Event website: Click here
Convenors: AGWA / Asian Development Bank (ADB) / Asia Pacific Water Forum (APWF) / Global Water Partnership (GWP) / Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) / World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)

Eye on LAC: Water Reserves, an ecological water management model

Can global policy drive local sustainable water resource management decisions and projects? In 2015, the UNFCCC Paris Agreement was signed using Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) as the country-level mechanism for climate mitigation targets, with the opportunity to also include climate adaptation needs. While many of the NDCs explicitly prioritize water, they describe goals and aspirations rather than projects or the many institutions and required financing necessary to implement these targets. Thus, the intensifying use of water for climate mitigation and adaptation at the project level may not represent national policy coherence or best practices.

Donors increasingly embark on initiatives emphasizing the role of NDCs in sustainable and climate resilient development in order to foster effective, fundable, and funded projects that will meet global policy objectives. How can we ensure that the water necessary for clean energy, equitable transboundary management, robust adaptation and economic development, cities and sanitation, and resilient ecosystems reflects best practices as NDCs begin to crystallize from aspirations into projects?

Here, we will discuss how global climate policy is reshaping both technical and political cooperation, synergies, and tensions between governance levels, sectors, policy areas, and countries.

When: Wednesday, 29 August; 11:00-12:30
Venue: FH Congress Hall A
Event website: Click here
Convenors: World Wide Fund for Nature / Inter-American Development Bank / National Water Commission, Mexico / CAF - Development Bank of Latin America / RTI International
Thursday, 30 Aug.

Green Landscapes for Water Security: Measuring and Modeling Hydrologic Benefits

Watershed management programs intend to preserve or restore natural flows in rivers, protect recharge to aquifers and reduce soil loss from forests and agricultural areas. Given the size of watersheds, the scale of interventions, the spatiotemporal variability of precipitation and terrestrial conditions and our limited understanding of the hydrological dynamics of various ecosystems, it is difficult to directly measure changes over time in surface flows, recharge, and sediment loads. It is even more difficult to reliably attribute such changes to specific actions taken to modify or preserve the physical environment (reforestation, terracing, riparian buffers, zoning, limiting development, etc.). Nonetheless, it is important to attempt such analyses to establish the business case for conservation investments and payment-for-ecosystem-services programs.

This session will provide an overview of the methods available for assessing the hydrologic benefits of conservation interventions and will review some of the most recent and innovative attempts to measure, monitor, and model such benefits for conservation programs in Latin America and North America. This is Part 1 of a 2-part Event.

When: Thursday, 30 August; 09:00-10:30
Venue: NL 357
Event website: Click here
Convenors: RTI International / Inter-American Development Bank / AGWA / Forest Trends

Resilient Policies: Achieving SDG and UNFCCC Goals Through Water Management

The SDGs and UNFCCC have developed as independent but necessary bodies of global and national policy to guide sustainable development across the 21st century. However, many SDGs do not recognize the enabling role of water or the threat of uncertain climate impacts in reaching these goals, while the UNFCCC makes little explicit guidance about what indicators of economic development should be used to mark progress for both climate mitigation and climate adaptation. The risks of unresilient development, policy incoherence, and ineffective investments are very high.

Here, we will propose that resilient water management can be a powerful organizing principle reconciling these bodies of policy at global, national and local levels, and suggest how investment and finance processes, national policy vehicles such as NDCs, and new planning tools can promote a coherent and effective vision that binds these critical bodies of knowledge.

When: Thursday, 30 August; 14:00-15:30
Venue: NL Music Hall
Event website: Click here
Convenors: ClimateIsWater Initiative / AGWA / World Water Council / UNESCO International Hydrological Programme / International Union for Conservation of Nature / Stockholm International Water Institute

Water Resilience Design and Execution: the State of the Art

The showcase will feature advances in resilience and complex systems theory, hydrosystems engineering, urban systems planning, and water governance and human dimensions of water management. The panel will highlight the applicability of water-focused resilience design for discrete and complex systems, drawing upon applied work in Mexico and Tanzania, and from urban and basin-scale analyses from the US and abroad. We will profile applied modeling and design approaches for general resilience examining the thesis that water serves as a Master Variable diagnosing and designing for the resilience of complex human systems.

When: Thursday, 30 August; 16:00-17:30
Venue: FH Little Theatre
Event website: Click here
Convenors: The University of Massachusetts, Amherst / AGWA / Arup / The World Bank Group / 100 Resilient Cities / Stockholm Resilience Centre / Stockholm International Water Institute / Resilience Shift
Friday, 31 Aug.
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