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

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

Session convener: IFAD
Session partners: ICID and FAO
Session chair: Rudolph Cleveringa. Senior Technical Adviser, IFAD

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Water commissions, water juries and irrigation cooperatives play important roles in their ability to help resolve disputes and manage water between local stakeholders, such as within farming cooperatives, cities, and industrial sectors. These local bodies are indispensable where there is competition for scarce water resources, where there is need to control illegal water withdrawals and wastewater disposal, which in turn compromise the resource and may instigate conflict. Water Users Associations (WUA) are key where official monitoring and data collection are weak.

Selection of case studies and information resources on WUA’s performance by IFAD


Format of the session

Date: Wednesday, 9 January 2013

09:00-09:15 Presentation of the Session

09:15-09:45  Performance of Water Users Associations

09:45-10:45 Water Cooperation in Practice

11:15-12:45 Water Cooperation in Practice (continuation)

12:45-13:00 Wrap up and Take Away messages (Chairs)

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