II. Goals and scope
The Conference will be based on the objectives and targets that have
already been set at the international level, including priorities for
action at the international, national and local level. (see Int'l
Commitments) The Conference will promote their further development
and - most importantly - their implementation.
The goal of the Conference is to assist and enable local stakeholders
in various agro-ecosystems in developing practical approaches for the
sustainable management of water for food security and ecosystem functions.
In its deliberations, the Conference will consider both the quantity
and quality of water as critical in meeting Millennium goals for water
services to people and ecosystems.
The global agenda and the already widely accepted conceptual approach
to sustainable development/management will be only marginally debated.
The global level is mostly taken as the starting point, and the Conference
scope will be on how local issues can be dealt with and addressed by
stakeholders, and how this should be framed and supported at national
To avoid non-specific issues, deliberations will be based on best practices
/case studies, relevant to specific food and ecosystems that examine
how concepts are performing in practice. From these case studies, the
Conference will seek to identify successful processes carried out by
stakeholders in developing good practices. The focus is on a stakeholder-centred
and implementation oriented approaches, in which stakeholders take up
their own responsibility to make it happen. Enabling and delivering
processes and actions that need to be supported in practice to move
towards sustainable development.
By identifying best practices and generic lessons the FAO/Netherlands
Conference Water for Food and Ecosystems aims to facilitate the implementation
of the existing international commitments on sustainable water use in
relation to food and ecosystems. The conference will provide a high-level
platform to help governments identify management practices, practical
lessons learned and the necessary enabling environments that lead to
sustainable water use at the river-basin level and the harmonization
of food production and ecosystem management with a view to facilitate
implementation. The discussion of the conference will build on ongoing
dialogues like a.o the Dialogue on Water, Food and Environment.
The Conference will directly contribute to the implementation of international
water-related policies and programmes adopted by the World Summit on
Sustainable Development, FAO, the Convention on Biological Diversity,
the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, and other international fora. The
results of the Conference will be disseminated as an input to the 13th
session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (April 2005), the
33rd session of the FAO Conference (November, 2005), Ramsar COP 9 (2005),
CBD cop8 (2006) and the Fourth World Water Forum (March 2006). Specifically,
it is envisaged that the Conference may lead to: