The Conference will analyze the commonalities and differences of both sectors and the advantages and disadvantages of partnerships. It will look into setting up, composition, financing, incentives, synergies, skills, cost effectiveness and support for and from partnerships. As well as definition of responsibilities and liabilities, benefit sharing, symmetries, long-term sustainability, negotiation and the flexibility required.
The Conference aims to draw lessons on what the factors that make successful partnerships are, in water and energy, the role of different actors and how to scale up partnerships.
There is a role for collaborative resource planning, identifying synergies, and minimizing and negotiating trade-offs. There is, for example, a fundamental disconnect in policy making and planning because each domain is required to focus on a narrow mandate in meeting its own aims and fulfilling its own targeted responsibilities. Pressures emanating from developments in the energy sphere will be more restrictive and make the tasks facing water planners, and the objective of securing water, much more difficult to achieve. There are no integrated policies across sectoral boundaries.
There is also a need to overcome the disconnection between some energy and water utilities. They have much in common, and much to learn about each other’s reform agendas – both successes and failures.
There are opportunities for industry (inside the water and energy boxes) to operate efficiently, profitably and sustainably. Because of its private management structure, industry has the flexibility to effect changes and improve efficiency in water and energy use within itself, its immediate sphere of influence and along its supply chains. For governments and regulators, opportunities exist to provide enabling environments and institutional frameworks that operate to integrate the sectors.
All the above support the need for 'integrated approaches' and cross-sectoral approaches to break-down institutional fragmentation and institutional silos; partnerships and commitments help break these institutional fragmentation.
Practice shows there is cooperation in different realms. This includes:
>> Integrated Energy-Water Planning and Investments
>> Industry partnerships to ensure water and energy efficiency and sustainability
>> Local Partnerships on Water and Energy
>> Policy Research and Innovation Partnerships
>> 14 Jan. World Water Day 2014
>> 14 Jan. Challenges for water and energy in Spain
>> 15 Jan. Side breakfast. Legal and tenure aspects on water and energy
>> 15 Jan. Managing the nexus on water and energy in Spain
>> 15 Jan. World Water Week 2014