For the first time, in the programme of the World Water Forum, the 9th edition organised around "Water Security for Peace and Development" included a day dedicated to the management of water resources at the level of basins ("basin segment"), on Thursday 24 March.
The stakes of this day are at the heart of the priorities of the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO), which has been working for 30 years for social justice, environmental preservation and economic growth through the support of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) at the scale of transnational river basins, lakes and aquifers. Indeed, as peacemakers and accelerators of sustainable development, Basin Organisations are recognised structures to carry out ambitious actions for adaptation to climate change, and to ensure a common and sustainable management of surface and groundwater resources.
"We are convinced that the basin management model strengthens dialogue, the participation of various stakeholders and achieves a better collective understanding of future water challenges. For INBO and its partners, Dakar is a major opportunity to accelerate the level of ambition around IWRM in basins, and to make it a political priority of the United Nations Water Conference in March 2023."
Eric Tardieu, INBO Secretary General.
With its partners*, INBO was actively mobilized for the organization, management and facilitation of this high-level panel. This session ended with the launching of the Dakar Action Plan for the basins of lakes, rivers and aquifers. The latter is the field implementation of the Dakar Declaration "A Blue Pact for Water and Sanitation Security for Peace and Development", signed by the Heads of State, Government and International Institutions.
Its objective? To mobilise the main stakeholders in basin management (basin organisations and committees, ministries, donors, water users' associations, etc.) and significantly influence the progress and conclusions of the United Nations Water Conference, scheduled for March 2023, around the global need to accelerate the implementation of targets 6. 5.1 and 6.5.2 (Integrated Resource Management) of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 on clean water and sanitation, "by the basins and for the basins"
By committing to this Action Plan for river, lake and aquifer basins, the Basin Organisations wish to
- Confirm their role and effectiveness in the service of water security, peace and sustainable development,
- Enhance their positive impact and concrete results,
- Strengthen visibility and institutional frameworks, especially for transboundary basins,
- Promote the need for basin organisations, especially transboundary ones, to have easier access to funding and to develop their own sustainable financing.
*Organization for the Development of the Senegal River (OMVS), Organisation for the Development of the Gambia River (OMVG), UNECE and Swiss Confederation