Integrating Water Storage: First Steps in Assessment, Progress toward Incentives
08:00 am > 09:00 am UTC+02:00
This online NEXUS Gains session at World Water Week will drill down into two practical aspects of how integrated water storage can be realized. First, how to measure and incorporate water volumes available in diverse storage types into one planning framework. Second, how to motivate institutional or behavioral changes required to realize integrated storage.
The importance of drawing on an integrated set of water storage options has received growing attention for more than a decade, and the topic now features in portfolios of multilateral development agencies. Tools for assessing and integrating water storage types, critical to realizing integrated storage ambitions, have nonetheless received less focus. Likewise, incentive mechanisms that can motivate uptake and implementation of integrated storage planning may require more thought. This session will present practical examples of integrated storage assessments from three river basins and foster discussion on institutional reform necessary to support integrated storage planning.
The session will open with a framing presentation from the World Bank, which outlines progress made on integrated storage but also identifies outstanding issues. Key examples of pioneering storage assessments from East and Southern Africa, as well as Central Asia, will then be presented. Following a brief discussion, a presentation from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences will frame a panel discussion, with representation from, among others, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), centered on ways to foster the change necessary to enable and motivate integrated storage.
Session Introduction, Jonathan Lautze, International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
- Why Integrated Water Storage? William Rex, World Bank
- Water Storage in the Shashe, Girma Ebrahim, IWMI
- Water Storage in the Ramganga, Dhyey Bhatpuria, IWMI
Panel discussion facilitated by Jennie Barron, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)
- Markus Hoffman, Federation of Swedish Farmers (LRF)
- Kaushal Garg, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)
- Davies Saruchera, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Close, Stefan Uhlenbrook, Director of Hydrology, Water and Cryosphere at the World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
- International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
- Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)
- International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)
- International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
- World Bank Group
World Water Week Session ID: 11032
View the full program here: https://www.worldwaterweek.org/programme/schedule
Header image: Farmer standing by an artificial lake for agricultural use in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Photo by Lien Arits/IWMI.