INCLUSIVE PARTNERSHIPS, MULTI INSTITUTIONAL AND PARTICIPATORY GOVERNANCE (HIGH LEVEL PANEL)
INCLUSIVE PARTNERSHIPS, MULTI INSTITUTIONAL AND PARTICIPATORY GOVERNANCE
(HIGH LEVEL PANEL)
The session presented reflections and contributions to the participation of all sectors of society in water governance. One of the main challenges is the inclusion of sectors that have historically been excluded from this process, such as women, youth, indigenous and traditional communities, among others, which are often not consulted in decision-making processes until policies are formulated. There is a strong need for participatory governance that addresses social and economic issues in a healthy way so that people are involved in decision-making and water policy making processes. The challenge of combining economic development of water resources and protection of biodiversity and ecosystems through water management. The lack of integration between sectors is a setback, since dialogues take place internally in different sectors. Concrete changes are needed for sustainable development related to integrated water management as demand is growing and supply is stable or decreasing. One of the main limitations for youth participation is financial resources. Another important point of note is that vulnerable populations are usually consulted after public notices are made, not participating in decision-making processes and they are the most affected by these issues.
Technology is not enough to solve water issues, so the big recommendations are: decentralized governance, requiring efficient communication at all levels; full and real transparency, including all citizens in the preparation of water policy; valuing water not only as an economic resource, but also for maintaining the life of all beings on Earth, where its value can only be established with the participation of all citizens.
It can be concluded that multi-institutional partnerships are essential levers for successful management and progress and should involve an inclusion process. Communication and capacity building of participating actors, focusing on citizens, is required, as is the assessment of gender representativeness and equity, youth, traditional communities, industry and trade, and governments. The meaning horizon must be changed, the process of dissemination and engagement in a culture of water care fostered.
RICARDO BURG MLYNARZ – BRAZIL
IMAN ABD EL AL – LEBANON
FABIANA DE SOUZA PEREIRA – BRAZIL
LOIC FAUCHON – FRANCE
LUPÉRCIO ZIROLDO – BRAZIL
OYUN SANJAASUREN – MONGOLIA
USMONALI USMONZOLA – TAJIKISTAN
MERCEDES CASTRO – PERU
ASMA BACKHIR – MOROCCO
OHN WINN – MYANMAR
MIRIAM DUAILIB – BRAZIL