Event date 15 Jun '22 12:00 - 13:30 (UTC)
Event location https://gwp-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcsf-CpqzoiH9S9TSB9pIqaLDuBgsbZnEDo
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The Transboundary Freshwater Security Governance Train heads to the next stop on 15 June 2022. The 11th online interactive session explores the multi-level governance (MLG) in the transboundary water context with a particular focus on disaster management, such as flood management.

This online event is co-organized by GWP and the United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU CRIS). It is part of the ongoing efforts to engage more with participants of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Governance for Transboundary Freshwater Security.

Increasingly, regions and communities are confronted with disasters, such as floods, storms, droughts, and forest fires posing diverse governance challenges. Top-down approaches have proved suboptimal to manage these challenges, especially in settings where the resource systems (landscape resources such as water, wetlands, and riparian landscapes) are shared between provinces at the subnational and/or supranational level, i.e., across territorial nation-state boundaries.

In this interactive session, participants will learn how the MLG approach integrates different levels of governance systems to allow participation and capacity strengthening of stakeholders and communities in transboundary basins, complementing the usual top-heavy strategies. Can MLG approaches help communities and states in their resilience efforts? Can MLG approaches help enhance measures for transboundary cooperation, better coordination, and collaboration across scales and sectors?

WHEN: Wednesday, 15 June, at 8:00 (Washington DC), 13:00 (London), 14:00 (Stockholm), 16:00 (Nairobi), 20:00 (Bangkok), 21:00 (Beijing).

DURATION: 1.5 hours

HOW: Registration is required. Please use this link.

WHAT: Two case studies (Danube River and role of communities in multi-level governance for shared water systems in India) and global guidelines (UNECE) are discussed which shed light on different aspects of multilevel governance in transboundary water management, particularly in the context of water-related disasters (floods). The discussion will focus on 3 main points below:

  • What level of competence, connection, collaboration, and exchange in the context of flood risk governance in transboundary water systems is needed for effective water-related disaster management, from supranational to local levels?
  • How regional integration and transboundary collaboration for water management can help build effective disaster management and climate resilience.
  • How do MLG frameworks facilitate hydro diplomacy including climate and disaster diplomacy?

These and other questions will be covered in a highly interactive way during the session. Questions will be collected from participants upon their registration to the event.

WHO: The confirmed speakers for the plenary session are:

  • Dr Yumiko Yasuda (Event moderator), Senior Network & Transboundary Water Cooperation Specialist, Global Water Partnership
  • Prof. Dr Nidhi Nagabhatla (Co-Chair), Senior Fellow United Nations University (UNU CRIS)/ McMaster University, Canada
  • Helene Masliah-Gillkarov (ICPDR), Technical Expert - Public Participation & Communication
  • Shawahiq Siddiqui, Indian Environment Law Organization (IELO), founding partner of the IELO
  • Hanna Plotnykova (UNECE), Environmental Affairs Officer

Please join for a post-event discussion on our new transboundary knowledge exchange hub on GWP’s Toolbox – Action Hub for IWRM via this link.

Please note: Prior to the online session, participants are encouraged to register for the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Governance for Transboundary Freshwater Security, and to look at the following materials:

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