One of the factors that define the road to sustainable development is how water is used and managed. The development that meets the needs of the present and does not jeopardize those of future generations requires sharing water and its benefits in an inclusive manner, seeking for food security, clean energy, smart infrastructure, responsible consumption, efficient irrigation, competitive industry and economic growth. Implementing this development model requires participation of different sectors, political push, public and private investment, capacity building and, above all, effective and efficient water governance, largely based on the trust engagement of all relevant parties. In this session the topics of efficient use of surface water and groundwater, water-energy and water-food security nexus, inclusive and sustainable growth, water stewardship and industry, infrastructure for sustainable water resource management and services, SMART implementation of integrated water resources management, cooperation for reducing conflict and improving transboundary water management, and effective and efficient governance: enhanced political decisions, stakeholder participation and technical information in Europe will be discussed. A comprehensive and multidisciplinary perspective of these topics will be provided, including public policy, technology, economic, environmental, and social components, and governance reforms that help improving all these dimensions. The diagnosis reported in the Europe report will be discussed. Issues such as relevance, perception, level of engagement and performance and examples of good case studies will be addressed. The outcomes from the session will be key lessons, messages and recommendations to enrich the report and to disseminate around the world.
"Instituto Superior Técnico
Francisco Nunes Correia