Human pressures and climate change are posing serious threats on aquatic ecosystems, affecting their normal functioning, and the ecosystem services they provide. Examples of impacts from agriculture, industry, cities and climate fluctuation are visible all around the world. Fixing and remediating these impacts and sustaining good water quality, as challenged by the SDGs, requires: 1) environmental integrated solutions and; 2) to address the makers of the changes, the people. Ecohydrology is a nature based solution that provides multiple benefits for ecosystem and associated services, like water purification, storage, drainage, mitigation of GC effects, soil and bank protection, biodiversity conservation, recreation areas and eco-tourism. Education at all levels and capacity building are crucial to implement the ecohydrology approach with high levels of impact where they are most needed. Ecohydrology allows to find the solutions to compatibilize the economic needs with the ecosystem functioning, as a way to ensure long term sustainability both for economy and ecosystems. With this side event we aim to build the bridges between UNESCO IHP and the Ecohydrology program, with the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries and the Organization of Ibero-American States, in order to articulate actions on research, education and capacity building that will contribute to the achievement of the SDGs.
• Representatives from the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries
• Representatives from the Ibero American States
• UNESCO centers and chairs
• Universities, Research centers, National institutes representatives
• UN Agencies engaged in the Water Sector
• NGOs engaged in capacity building and Human Capacity Development
• Public and Private Water and Sanitation Services providers