FAO and the Government of the Netherlands are
organising an International Conference on Water for Food and Ecosystems,
from January 31 - February 5, 2005 in the Hague. The conference
will provide a high level platform for around 350 participants
around the globe, including a ministerial segment.
The prime objective of the WFE Conference
is: 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 implementing
already internationally agreed commitments
The outcomes of the International Conference
in The Hague will provide a direct input to the CSD-13, which
has a focus on water issues. In addition it will help to implement
working programmes under international conventions as the Convention
on Biodiversity and the Cop 9 of the Ramsar convention, as well
as the Plan of Implementation of the WSSD (Johannesburg 2002).
The Conference will be fed and shaped by several
- The E-Forum: The public domain to share
your experiences and views, and bring forward your recommendations
for the conference statements and outcomes.
- An African Pre-Conference, Addis-Ababa
4-6 November 2004, to focus on the specific issues and concerns
of the African Nation States in shaping Water for Food and Ecosystems.
- Regional Partner Seminars: Sharing more
insights and shaping recommendations for the conference by concentrating
on thematic/regional cases and issues.