International Annual UN-Water Zaragoza Conference 2012/2013
Preparing for the 2013 International Year. Water Cooperation: Making it Happen! 8-10 January 2013


Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Opening session

>> The International Year of Water Cooperation and expectations from the Conference. Blanca Jimenez, Director of the Division of Water Sciences, UNESCO

>> Overview of the Conference. Josefina Maestu, Director of UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC)

>> International Conventions on Water. Iulia Trombitcaia. Environmental Affairs Officer, UNECE

>> Mediation and dispute resolution techniques and approaches. Léna Salamé, Programme specialist, PCCP coordinator, UNESCO

Session 1: Furthering water cooperation among nations and stakeholders. Making it happen!

>> Overview presentation on transboundary cooperation. Lessons learned from water cooperation in transboundary basins. J. B. Collier, Operations Officer, Africa Natural Resources and Water Management Group, World Bank

>> Sava River Commission. Dejan Komatina, Secretary, International Sava River Basin Commission

>> Hungary Tisza Cooperation. Peter Kovacs, State Secretary for Water, Ministry of Rural Development, Hungary

>> Finland-Russia cooperation. Seppo Rekolainen, Finnish Environment Institute

>> Myanmar. Alice Bouman, President, Women for Water Partnership

>> Basins in decentralized states. Lucia de Stefano, Botín Foundation

Side events

>> World Water Week 2013. Karin Lexén, Director of World Water Week & Prizes

>> The UN Global Compact: CEO Water Mandate and the Water Action Hub. Jason Morrison, Technical Director of CEO Water Mandate

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

>> Recap of first day. Josefina Maestu, Director of UNW-DPAC

Session 2: Furthering water cooperation in rural areas. Making it happen!

>> Session overview. Rudolph Cleveringa, Senior Technical Adviser, IFAD

>> Bolivia. Cooperation between different irrigators’ associations within the watershed of Altiplano-Valles. Available in Spanish Luis Salazar, Director of the Watershed Service in Cochabamba. Humberto Gandarillas, GIZ

>> Peru. The use of local funds allocation committees and concursos in water management. Available in Spanish Antonieta Noli, Coordinator Sierra Norte project, Ministry of Agriculture, Peru

>> Kenya. Mt. Kenya East Pilot Project for Natural Resources Management (Upper Tana Catchment). Faith Muthoni Livingstone, Project Manager, Mt. Kenya East Pilot Project

>> Green Water Credits. Godert van Lynden, Green Water Credits manager, ISRIC

>> Guatemala. Scaling up micro-irrigation. Available in Spanish Santiago Girón, Project coordinator, Funcafé

>> Madagascar. Scalin up micro-irrigation. Andriamanalina Raharinjatovo Fenomanantsoa, Project coordinator, Agriculturalists and Veterinaries without Frontiers

>> India. Scaling Up Micro Irrigation & Linking Poor Women Irrigators into Market System. Pati Debasis, OTELP. Susanta Nanda, Director OTELP

>> Integrated Water Resources Management and rural development in Guatemala. Available in Spanish Inmaculada Paniagua, Director of the Water and Sanitation Department, Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), Spain.

Session 3: Techniques and models to further water cooperation to improve water efficiency and water services in cities

>> Water cooperation in cities. Marieke Adank, Programme Officer Africa Team, IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre

>> Zaragoza, 7 initiatives on water cooperation. Victor Viñuales, Director of ECODES

>> Business Water Risk, Policy Engagement, and Collective Action. Jason Morrison, Technical Director of CEO Water Mandate

>> Every Drop Matters initiative. Bogachan Benli, UNDP. Kadri Ozen, Coca Cola

>> Water operators: The Global Water Operators’ Partnerships Alliance (GWOPA). Jose Luis Martin Bordes, Programme Officer, GWOPA

Side events

  • The pros and cons of intensively developed aquifers: hydrological, economic, social, and ethical issues. Preparatory meeting for an international research project

>> The increasing role of groundwater in the global water policy: Is groundwater mining an acceptable solution? Ramón Llamas, Director of the Water Observatory, Botín Foundation

>> Analysis of the pros and cons of intensively developed aquifers: hydrological, economic, social and ethical issues. Proposal for an international research project. Emilio Custodio, Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). Botín Foundation

>> Groundwater mining in the South-Eastern area of Spain: consequences and evaluation. Jose Luis García Aróstegui, Geological and Mining Institute of Spain (IGME)

>> Groundwater mining in arid and hyper-arid conditions: some reflections from Africa and South America. J. Molinero, AMPHOS SL

>> Non-renewable groundwater management in Saudi Arabia. Ali Saad Al-Tokhais, Shura Council Saudi Arabia

Thursday, 10 January 2013

>> Overview of the framework of participated water management in Spain. Available in Spanish Victor Arqued, Director of Planning, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Spain

>> Collegiate bodies in the Ebro River Basin Authority. Available in Spanish Manuel Omedas and Andres de Lucas, Planning Office, Ebro River Basin Authority

>> Organisation of the Ebro River Basin Authority. Manuel Omedas and Andres de Lucas, Planning Office, Ebro River Basin Authority

>> Stakeholder participation in river basin management planning in Navarra. Eva García Balaguer, Environmental Resources Centre of Navarra (CRANA), Spain