Land & Water

The Water Tenure Mondays webinars continue! Check out the new dates of the thematic sessions!

Water tenure is a recent concept. A working definition of water tenure is “The relationships, whether legally or customarily defined, between people, as individuals or groups, with respect to water resources”. The concept of water tenure embraces and interconnects various SDG goals, and hence is useful for achieving the Agenda 2030, in particular through the inclusion of the most vulnerable through enhancing equitable access to water, increasing water security and improving climate resilience.

FAO has been continuously working to define the concept in line with the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure, unpack its core elements and explore its practical implications. The project "Knowing water better: towards fairer and more sustainable access to natural resources - KnoWat" has proposed a water tenure assessment methodology to map the diversity of coexisting water tenure arrangements and is testing the methodology in Rwanda, Sri Lanka and Senegal. In the North African region, the project “Water efficiency, productivity and sustainability in the NENA regions” is also working to strengthen water governance approach.

The Water Tenure Mondays webinar series creates a forum for building a stronger water tenure concept and pursue FAO’s efforts in broadening the knowledge base of its application to achieve a more equitable and secure access to water, even in conditions of scarcity. It aims to refine our understanding of the water tenure concept and contextualize its various elements with a series of case studies, review ongoing initiatives and methodologies applied.

The series is targeted to policy makers, water professionals, and researchers from all over the world. The webinars are held in English with simultaneous translation to French. They focus on the following topics:

21 June 2021, 13:00 CEST

“Pioneering Water Tenure in India: The Case of the Warna Sub-Basin in Maharashtra”

A.J. James, Environmental and Natural Resource Economist

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28 June 2021, 13:00 CEST

“Water Tenure in Spain: a SOAP Approach”

Elena Lopez Gunn, Director, ICATALIST

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5 July 2021, 13:00 CEST

“The interface between customary and statutory water rights”

Stefano Burchi, Chairman, International Water Law Association

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12 July 2021, 13:00 CEST

“Hybrid water law”

Barbara Schreiner, CEO Water Integrity Network, Berlin Germany and Advisor the Minister of Water and Sanitation, South Africa

Dr. Hans C. Komakech, Centre Director WISE - Futures/Senior Lecturer, The Nelson Mandela African Institution for Science and Technology, Arusha, Tanzania

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More dates and topics will be announced soon on the dedicated webpage. Stay tuned!