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Source-to-Sea Management: Towards joint action by the freshwater and ocean communities

Tuesday - 14:30 - 16:00


Ecosystems , Thematic Process


Room 36


[HLP 02]

Millions of tons of plastic enter the ocean from land-based sources every year. Nutrient loads from agricultural runoff and inadequate wastewater treatment continue to cause eutrophication and spread of dead zones in our coastal and marine waters.  Flows of some rivers are so highly diverted that little water actually reaches the sea, robbing coastal ecosystems of the water, sediment and nutrients they need.  The importance of improving fresh- and marine water quality and reducing marine litter is recognized by several goals in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

Primarily, two different communities are responsible: the freshwater community with focus on SDG 6 and the Green Economy and the ocean community with focus on SDG 14 and the Blue Economy. At the moment there is little dialogue between these two communities. In June 2017, the Ocean Conference was held in UN Headquarters in New York to catalyse action on SDG 14 on marine life below water. One important outcome was the more than 400 voluntary commitments made by countries, private sector, NGOs, development agencies and others to address marine pollution from land-based sources, in response to the first target of SDG 14. The freshwater community has an important role in making sure sufficient amounts of water of good quality reaches the sea. Water management priorities reflected as targets in SDG 6 include ensuring good water and sanitation services delivery, improving water quality and water use efficiency, implementing IWRM and protecting ecosystems. Given the interconnectedness of all water-related ecosystems, it is important to design such efforts so that they benefit people and ecosystems along rivers, as well as further downstream, along the coast and at sea.

Johanna Sjödin,
Secretariat for the Action Platform for Source-to-Sea Management
Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)



14:30 Welcome remarks: Dr Torkil J. Clausen, Chair, S2S Platform
14:35 Keynote speaker: Dr Jakob Granit, Director General, Swedish Agency for Marine
and Water Management
14:45 Panel discussion:
• Hon. Elsa Galarza Contreras, Minister of Environment, Peru
• Hon. Mansour Faye, Minister of Water and Sanitation, Senegal
• Hon. José Sarney Filho, Minister of Environment, Brazil (tbc)
• Ms Atanaska Nikolova, Deputy Minister of Environment and Water, Bulgaria
• Mr Peter Thomson, UN Special Envoy for the Ocean
• Ms Fédérique Raoult, Group Executive Vice President, Suez
• Dr Gustavo Fonseca, Director of Programs, The Global Environment Facility

15:55 Closing remarks: Mr Torgny Holmgren, Executive Director, SIWI
16:00 End of session