Final Programme

FAO/Netherlands Conference on Water for Food and Ecosystems "Make it Happen"

The Hague, The Netherlands January 31 - February 5, 2005

Sunday, 30 January

15.00 - 18.00   Registration at the Congress Centre

Monday, 31 January

08.00 - 09.15  Registration at the Congress Centre

Plenary session (Prins Willem Alexander Hall)

09.30 - 09.40   Opening Session

Opening statement of Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality of The Netherlands, Mr. Cees Veerman, Conference Chair

09.40 - 10.45   Keynote Addresses

  • HRH Prince of Orange of The Netherlands

  • Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Mr. Jacques Diouf

  • State Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Ethiopia, Mr. Tekalign Mamo

10.45 - 11.00      Break

11.00 - 12.45    Introduction to Themes
  • Introduction: Integrating Water for Food and Ecosystems by Mr. Ir. R. Rabbinge on behalf of the InterAcademy Council

  • Theme 1: Implementation, Know-How for Action by Ms. B.P. Sonjica, Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry of the Republic of South Africa

  • Theme 2: The "New Economy" of Water for Food and Ecosystems by Mr. Turner, University of East Anglia, UK

  • Theme 3: Enabling environment by Ms. M. Catley-Carlson, Chair Global Water Partnership

12.45 - 13.00    Objectives and working methodology of the Conference and Working                            Groups, by Conference Chair

13.00 - 14.30      Lunch

Working Groups (Prins Willem Alexander, Van Goigh and Mondriaan Halls)

14.30 - 18.00    Working Group discussions on the basis of specific cases (Session A)

  • WG1-A Theme 1: Economic and Ecological Outcomes of Effective Water Management in the Upper Niger River Basin, by Mr. Bakary Kone, Wetlands International, Mali

  • WG2-A Theme 2: Towards a More Sustainable Use of Water for Food and Nature Under Scarcity in Andalucía, by Ms. Margarita García Vila, Universidad de Córdoba, Spain

  • WG3-A Theme 3: IWRM and Community Participation in the Restoration of the Chilika Lagoon, by Mr. Ajit K. Pattnaik, Chilika Development Authority, India

16.00 - 16.15       Break

18.00 - 19.30    Reception hosted by FAO in the Mondriaan Foyer at Congress Centre

Tuesday, 1 February

09.00 - 11.00     Working Groups (Session B)

  • WG1-B Theme 1: Interest, Pay and Say of Farmers and Nature Conservers in Dutch Local Later Management, by Mr. Henk Tiesinga, Association of Water Boards, the Netherlands

  • WG2-B Theme 2: Socio-economic Acceptance of Rainwater Harvesting in a Semi-arid Region, by Mr. Cobus Botha, Agriculutral Research Council, South Africa

  • WG3-B Theme 3: Dialogue on Implementation of EU Water Framework Directive in Agricultural Water Management in Central and Eastern Europe, by Mr. Waldemar Mioduszewski, Ministry of Agriculture, Poland

11.00 - 11.15       Break

Plenary session (Prins Willem Alexander Hall)

11.15 - 12.30     Plenary presentations of Working Group results and discussions, chaired by Dr. P.                               Bridgewater, Secretary General, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands

12.30 - 14.00       Lunch

Working Groups (Prins Willem Alexander, Van Goigh and Mondriaan Halls)

14.00 - 16.00     Working Groups (Session C)

  • WG1-C Theme 1: Integrating Knowledge for Decision-making in the Pantanal Wetland Area, by Mr. João Bosco Senra, Secretaria de Recursos Hídricos, Brazil

  • WG2-C Theme 2: New Perspectives on the Impacts of Irrigation on Fisheries in Sri Lanka and Lao PDR, by Mr. Laurence Smith, Imperial College London, UK

  • WG3-C Theme 3: Managing Water Confilcts through Dialogue in Pangani Basin, by Mr. Julius Sarmett, Pangani Basin Water Office, United Republic of Tanzania

16.00 - 16.15       Break

16.15 - 18.15     Working Groups (Session D)

  • WG1-D Theme 1: Addressing the Impact of Livestock on Water Availability and Quality, by Mr Bingsheng Ke, Ministry of Agriculture, China

  • WG2-D Theme 2: Payment for Environmental Services: the Environmental Fund for Water (FONAG) in Quito, by Mr. Pablo Lloret, Fondo Ambiental del Agua, Quito, Ecuador

  • WG3-D Theme 3: A Common Policy for Water, Initiated in the Grande de Tárcoles River Basin, by Mr. Jorge Mora Portuguez, Foundation for Urban Development, Costa Rica

Wednesday, 2 February

Plenary session (Prins Willem Alexander Hall)

09.00 - 11.00     Plenary presentations of Working Group results and discussions, moderated by Dr. H.                               Zedan, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biolgical Diversity

11.00 - 11.15       Break

11.15 - 12.00     E-Forum results etc. other presentations/activities

12.30 - 17.30     Excursions

18.45                 Departure coaches from Congress Centre

19.00 - 21.00     Reception hosted by the Government of The Netherlands in the 'Ridderzaal',                               Building 11, Binnenhof, The Hague

Thursday, 3 February

Working Groups (Prins Willem Alexander, Van Goigh and Mondriaan Halls)

09.00 - 11.00     Working Groups (Session E)
Drafting conclusions and recommendations for Themes, 1, 2 and 3

11.00 - 11.15       Break

11.15 - 13.00     Working Groups continued
Drafting conclusions, recommendations

13.00 - 14.30       Lunch

Plenary session (Prins Willem Alexander Hall)

14.30 - 15.30     Plenary presentations and discussion of conclusions and recommendations drafted                               by Working Groups

15.30 - 15.45       Break

15.45 - 18.00     General conclusions, recommendations and agreed actions on the Themes

Parallel to the Plenary session (Mondriaan Hall)

14.30 - 18.00     Ministerial Roundtable

19.00 - 22.00       Dinner - Ministers Only - in Paviljoen de Witte hosted by Minister Veerman

Friday, 4 February

Plenary session (Prinz Willem Alexander Hall)

09.00- 10.45    Multi-stakeholder dialogue
(Civil society, NGO's, private sector, etc.)

10.45 - 11.00      Break

11.00 - 11.30    Report of the Ministerial Round Table by Chair HRH The Prince of Orange of The                              Netherlands

11.30 - 13.00    Adoption of the report of the Conference

13.00 - 13.30    Closing Session

  • Statement on behalf of FAO by Dr. Louise O. Fresco, Assistant to Director General, AG Dept

  • Statement on behalf of the Netherlands by Dr. Cees Veerman, Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality

13.30 - 15.00       Lunch