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|7th World Water Forum in South Korea|
JCI and WSDAC at the 7th World Water Forum in South Korea
The UNESCO-affiliated Center for Water for Sustainable Development and Adaptation to Climate Change (WSDAC) and Jaroslav Černi Institute for the Development of Water Resources (JCI) organized a special session on the implementation of integrated water resources management in transition countries at the 7th World Water Forum held in April 2015 in Daegu, South Korea.
The aim of the session was to contribute to a further and deeper global discussion on water governance issues of transition countries. The process was initiated in 2014 in Belgrade, at the Conference on Water Management in Transition Countries, and was a result of an outcome of that conference, the so-called Belgrade Statement of Water Sector Sustainability, which stresses the need to strengthen the ability of developing and transition countries to upgrade their water governance through financial, administrative and technical capacity building.
The session attracted a wide audience because of both its specific and highly topical subject matter, and outstanding presentations made by world-renowned water management experts who shared their vast experience with the attendees:
Apart from the above-mentioned experts, Dr. Alireza Salamat (Regional Centre on Urban Water Management, RCUWM, headquartered in Teheran, Iran) and Dr. Hakan Tropp (Stockholm International Water Institute – SIWI) took part in the ensuing panel discussion.
At the end of the session, the key viewpoints, or the main principles of the Belgrade Declaration, were summarized in the following conclusions:
The organizers of the session emphasized that country-specific solutions are needed, which must address financial, scientific, technical and organizational capacities in the field of water, and proposed a series of international conferences, workshops and other meetings aimed at developing global and local solutions to be discussed further and adopted at the 8th World Water Forum. They also called for a collaborative international project to examine specific problems of water governance in transition countries.