4 - 6 November 2004, Addis Ababa
The Government of Ethiopia, the African Union, FAO and the Government
of the Netherlands jointly organise the African pre-conference, for
which around 100 participants are expected. The conference will formulate
recommendations based on African experiences (cases) with water resource
management that integrates and balances the requirements for food production
and for healthy ecosystems.
The conference will provide a platform for participants to identify
practical approaches on the basis of the analysis of real life experiences.
The lessons learned relate to field level implementation, promising
methodologies and the necessary enabling environments. Focus of the
discussion is on water management for the harmonisation between food
production and ecosystem functions. The conference will build on ongoing
activities like the Dialogue on Water, Food and Environment.
The core body of the Conference exists of working group sessions around
the three themes that have been formulated for the Conference in The
Hague in January 2005. The themes are mentioned below. The working groups
will identify elements of successful processes and promising methodologies
in relation to each of the three themes. This will be done through the
analysis of case studies of actual initiatives that are taking place
The recommendations will be discussed in plenary and be presented at
the International Conference in January 2005.
The three themes of the conference are
1 Fostering implementation: know-how for action
Focus will be on addressing consultation processes and dialogues to
involve stakeholders effectively. Question is also how to integrate
and apply knowledge of the complex relations between water, food and
ecosystems at the water basin level.
2 The new "economy" of Water for Food and Ecosystems
This theme will deal with valuation principles and methodologies and
decision support systems that will lead to a new prospect, a new "economy"
of Water for Food and Ecosystems. Valuation models have been developed,
but how do these work in practice? Can the methodologies balance water
use and needs for agriculture and for environmental functions?
3 The enabling environment
This theme will focus on promising institutional arrangements and successful
actions, at all levels, by all stakeholders to provide opportunities
for effective implementation of water management for food and ecosystems
in particular for poverty alleviation and sustainable development.
The analysis of practical experiences will offer more insight in opportunities
and constraints with the implementation of integrated water resources
management. Recommendations will be formulated with respect to promising
approaches and necessary complementary actions. These recommendations
should be of help both a practical level for water managers as well
as providing input for further policy development.
Input in The Hague conference
The results of the African pre-conference will be presented at the
conference in The Hague and serve as an input to its discussions. The
final outcome will be presented at CSD13 (April 2005) in New York.
Contact the Secretariat of the African Conference
The Secretariat of the African Conference is based in the FAO Office
in Addis Ababa. For further information, please email to WFE@fao.org,
or call 00251-1-517233.