After Rio+10: Promoting Transparency and Sustainability in the Water/Energy/Food Security Nexus

9 November 17:30 – 19:30

Session coordinator’s name:
Dr. Donal O’Leary
Organisation Transparency International

Session /Moderator
Dr. Michael Wiehen
Sr. Advisor
Transparency International

Ms Kusum Athukorala
Sri Lanka Water Partnership
Topic: The Water/Energy/Food Security Nexus: What Came Out of Rio

Dr. Juan-Hua Meng
World Wildlife Fund for Nature
Topic: Promoting Sustainability in the Nexus with a Particular Emphasis on Maintaining Environmental Health in Rivers

Mr. Gil Maranhao Neto
GDF Suez Energy Brasil, Tractabel Energia S.A., Brazil
Topic: Transparency of the Hydropower Development Process in Brazil with the Incorporation of New Tools to Promote/Guarantee Sustainability

Dr. Vanessa Empinotti
Universidade de Sao Paolo
Topic: The Water Transparency Index (known by its Spanish acronym INTRAG) and its application in Spain and Brazil

Dr. John Butterworth
International Water and Sanitation Centre (IRC)

Session Description

At the Bonn 2011 Conference –a preparatory event for the Rio+20 Conference-, there was a consensus that achieving water, energy and food security and consequently reducing hunger and eradicating poverty (for ´The Bottom Billion´) is possible as part of a green growth strategy embedded in the context of sustainable development even under difficult and challenging global economic conditions. Out of this realization came an approach that addresses the interdependency between water, energy and food security and the underlying natural resources water, soil and land – in other words, the ‘Water, Energy, Food Security Nexus (hereafter called ´The Nexus´)’.

We believe that organizing a Workshop around the Nexus (focusing primarily on the water/energy (hydropower Nexus) is a good way to discuss the way forward after Rio+ 20 to a transparent and sustainable future as well as facilitating that Rio+ 20 delivers by addressing poverty and injustice. In addition, the Workshop will showcase a tool for addressing sustainability and governance issues in the hydropower sector (the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol) hereafter called the Protocol), which was developed under the guidance of a multistakeholder group consisting of representatives of the public sector, the private sector and civil society This workshop will also highlight the Water Transparency Index (known by its Spanish acronym-INTRAG) and its application to comparing the transparency of river basin organizatons in Spain and Brazil.

This Workshop seeks to identify the barriers and bottlenecks and promote the benefits of the Nexus approach to promoting sustainable development and “good governance.” particularly in the water resources/energy/hydropower nexus This will be achieved by debating the following questions:

a. What are the benefits to following the Nexus approach in addressing sustainability issues and promoting transparency, integrity and accountability in natural resources management (water, soil and land);
b. What are the barriers and bottlenecks to following the Nexus approach, particularly in relation to fostering sustainability and good governance natural resources management (water, soil and land);
c. How can we be sure that Rio+20 delivers in terms of addressing issues of concern to the ´bottom billion´ in terms of water supply and sanitation (WSS); electricity supply and food security (These issues can arise in the appraisal of multipurpose dam projects). How can we ensure that corruption does not impede the delivery of these services to poor people; and
d. How can we strengthen application of meaningful stakeholder participation from the early stages of policy and strategy development when key decisions on resource use and development options are taken, for example affecting people’s rights in relation to land management or infrastructure development (including dams for hydropower and other uses).

The Workshop will provide recommendations to concerned stakeholders to ensure a transparent and mutually accountable commitment to sustainability in the Nexus.

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