Read the meeting’s conclusions here.
Organised by SIWI, the 2015 World Water Week theme this year is Water for Development. This is jubilee year for both World Water Week and for the Stockholm Water Prize.
“Implementing the SDGs in the Post-2015 Development Agenda” will consist of three 90 minutes sessions, at 11:00-12:30, 14:00-15:30 and 16:00-17:30. The workshop will address a number of questions including: which measures are needed to implement a water goal? How to strengthen capacity building? Tools needed to accomplish behavior change and improved water use efficiency? For the final session at 16:00-17:30, Water Footprint Network will present “Capacity Building Towards Sustainable Cotton Cultivation: Water Footprint Reduction Strategies”.
As part of our work with C&A to develop a sustainable water footprint strategy for the company’s supply-chain, we conducted a Water Footprint Assessment (WFA) of cotton cultivation in three states of India. WFAs highlight which changes need to be made to reduce the water footprint. In this case, the study illuminated the need to increase the capacity of the cotton farmers to use water efficiently and to improve income, thereby directly working towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
This session will be convened by Water Footprint Network and Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS). Companies dependent on agricultural inputs are increasingly looking for sustainable sources to reduce water-related business risk. Reliance on unsustainable agricultural supply chains is putting people and business at risk. These combined pressures for sustainable agriculture call for a rapid increase in water stewardship. We will present diverse examples of the application of the Water Footprint Assessment and AWS Standard and host a lively, interactive discussions to explore the potential of water stewardship to drive sustainability through agricultural supply chains, and thereby contribute to fulfilling the SDGs.
This will be an open and interactive session to discuss updates on and applications of Water Footprint Assessment. Water Footprint Network will showcase inspiring examples of Water Footprint Assessment and offer the opportunity for practitioners to share experiences and report on recently completed Water Footprint Assessment studies, research and tools. This session will facilitate dialogue on the latest developments in Water Footprint Assessment and will provide new insights into this emerging field.
If you are interested in new and innovative projects based on our Water Footprint Assessment methodology, we invite you to participate in this session. We kindly request you to submit your participation via WFN at Stockholm 2015 Event(s).