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Development at the 8th World Water Forum

One of the factors that define the road to sustainable development is how water is used and managed. The development that meets the needs of the present and does not jeopardize those of future generations requires sharing water and its benefits in an inclusive manner, seeking for food security, clean energy, smart infrastructure, responsible consumption, efficient irrigation, competitive industry and economic growth. All those aspects relate directly to water. Implementing this development model requires participation of different sectors, political push, investment, cooperation an effective water governance.

Development - 2nd Discussion June - Aug 2017

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Water is key to every human activity. The way in which water is used plays a critical role in the achievement of sustainable development together with economic growth, social justice and the protection of the environment. These achievements requires strong capacities and good governance structures and mechanisms, as well as the ability to share experiences, practices and knowledge. Any action should consider long-term sustainability.

The 8th World Water Forum will host focused discussions on these cross-cutting subjects – capacity, governance, sharing and sustainability – in order to identify the main hindrances and actions required to overcome difficulties that are common to the 6 core themes (climate, people, development, urban, ecosystems and financing).

You can contribute to the debate by commenting on the following set of questions:

CAPACITY (June 12 to July 2) - 3 weeks:
  • How can education and capacity building for water be enhanced to assist in sustainable development?
  • In relation to sustainable development, what opportunities do new technologies offer for the improvement of water monitoring? What about for information communication technology (ICT) and decision/policy making?
  • How do international cooperation initiatives enhance water capacity development for sustainable development?

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GOVERNANCE (July 3 to July 16) - 2 weeks
SHARING (July 17 to July 30) - 2 weeks
SUSTAINABILITY (July 31 to August 13) - 2 weeks
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Yasmina Rais El Fenni's picture

Yasmina Rais El... said:

Education in schools and building of capacity of all stakeholders in the water sector is key to obtaining sustainable development in the water sector, from ensuring more informed decision making, to increased participation and enbaling environments. From your experiences, what are the key challenges to building capacity that prevent overall implementation of a sustainable development agenda in your country?

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Thamsanqa Rober... said:

At the time for the MDG's draws to a close 2015, the global community is taking stock of how it can more towards a sustainable future. The MGG framework did not address the full water development agenda, nor fully recognize its synergies with the areas and concerns. Emphasis on "Sustainability" was not included and human rights and inequalities were also largely ignored in the  MDG framework. Subsequently, member states have agreed that human rights, equality and sustainability should form the core of the development agenda and be recognized as critical for true development. UN - Water's overaching goal is " Securing Sustainable Water for All"....Read more

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Yasmina Rais El... replied:

Thank you Thamsanqa for this insight. You're correct indeed, that there has been increased focused on the social aspects such as human right and inequalities, such as under SDG 6.1 striving for universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water. Access is a serious issue across developing countries, essentially for marginalized groups ranging from women and children, to poorer sections of society. Ideally we need to capture best practice of how countries have been able to successfully address these issues to ensure wide-ranging access for all. What is the situation in your countries? 

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Luís Mello said:

Ações de educação e capacitação para a gestão das águas apoiam o desenvolvimento sustentável, construindo conhecimentos, habilidades e também novas atitudes com os atores envolvidos e também promovendo maior participação da sociedade nesse processo. A Agência Nacional de Águas - ANA tem, desde 2001, realizado diversas ações de educação e capacitação, contribuindo para o fortalecimento da gestão das águas.

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Mariana Braga said:

Ações de educação e capacitação são fundamentais para o fortalecimento dos sistemas que gerenciam recursos hídricos, contribuindo para a melhoria na gestão das águas e indiretamente para o desenvolvimento sustentável.

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IZABELA BRAGA N... said:

Olá,  gostaria de compartilhar com todos a realização nos dias 09 e 11 de maio de 2017,em Brasília – DF, do V Encontro Formativo Nacional  de Educação Ambiental e Gestão da Águas, evento organizado pela Agência Nacional de Águas – ANA,  junto com o Ministério do Meio Ambiente (MMA)  e o Conselho Nacional de Recursos Hídricos (CNRH).

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taciana said:

Temos no Brasil muitas experiências de educação ambiental e, em setembro de 2017, será realizado o IX Fórum Brasileiro de Educação Ambiental".

Há diversas experiências e debates nesse sentido. Além de vários nomes na programação que podem compartilhar suas experiências

http://ixfbea-ivecea.unifebe.edu.br/

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Daniela Cestarollo replied:

Cara Taciana, agradecemos pela informação !

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Angelo Lima said:

Sobre capacitação e educação, creio que uma experiência que vale ser visitada é da Articulação do Semiárido Brasileiro  (ASA).

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Daniela Cestarollo replied:

Caro Angelo ! Bem lembrado, a ASA é um ótimo exemplo que merece a devida divulgação no Fórum Mundial da Água.

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Daniela Cestarollo said:

Bemvindos à 2ª rodada de debates! Nessa fase a plataforma debate os temas que são transversais aos grupos do fórum: Capacidades, Governança, Compartilhamento e Sustentabilidade. Observe, atentamente, as perguntas orientadoras e as datas reservadas para cada tema. Esperamos superar o sucesso da 1ª rodada atraindo novos participantes de vários setores da sociedade. Nos ajude a disseminar o conteúdo do fórum. Spread the word !

Development - 1st Discussions Feb - Apr 2017

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The 8th World Water Forum will have Water for Sustainable Development as one of its central themes, focusing on water for human activities and the role of water use in different sectors and in countries’ development. In order to reach that, four topics have been set to comprise the debate questions under Development. The following topics should split into Thematic Sessions and other debate stages during the 8th World Water Forum in 2018:

  1. Water, energy and food security nexus (Water for food/ Water for energy)
  2. Inclusive and sustainable growth, water stewardship and industry
  3. Efficient use of surface water and groundwater - urban and rural
  4. Infrastructure for sustainable water resource management and services

Considering the above topics about Development:      

  1. What are the major challenges under each topic that concern civil society and communities and need to be raised for debate during the 8th World Water Forum?
  2. How those challenges apply to problems in your city, community or neighbouring surroundings?

Your feedback will support the organization instances of the Forum in the definition of Thematic Sessions and other opportunities for debate during the event.

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Thamsanqa Robert Ncube's picture

Thamsanqa Rober... said:

Financing for Water Quality.                         Water quality is intrinsicatly linked with human health, poverty reduction, gender equality, food security, livehoods and the preservation of ecosystems as well as economic growth and social development of our societies.                      Water quality problems present a major challenge in both developing and developed countries.  Technical, institutional, policy and financial challenges still remain to be addressed despite global efforts and initiatives to improve access to safe water and improve water and wastewater management.

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Thamsanqa Rober... said:

Development Water for and Health equitably, water can play a key enabling role in strengthening the strengthening the resilience of social, economic and environmental systems in the light of rapid and unpredictable changes.

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Thamsanqa Rober... said:

Development water for sustainable and Health.                          Water is at the core of sustainable development and is critical for socio - economic development, healthy ecosystems and for human survival itself.  It is vital for reducing the global burden of disease and improving the health, welfare and productivity of populations. It is central to the production and preservation of a host of benefits and services for people.    Water is also at the heart of adaption to climate change, serving as the crucial link between the climate system, human society and the environment.       Water is a finite and irreplaceable resource that is fundamental to human well- being....Read more

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Thamsanqa Rober... said:

Climate Water Security & climate change.                       UNESCO - International Hydrological Programme organizes the Knowledge Forum on Water Security and Climate Change, dedicated to connecting young scientists with senior scientists and water practioners to facilitate collaboration, learning and knowledge - sharing primarily through, events, workshop, communication and information technologies (ICT)...Read more

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Ludmila Santos ... said:

Pode-se dizer que água é uma das maiores riquezas que possuimos, se não a maior e a mais importante, pois sem ela é impossivel a existencia de vida em nosso planeta, e ela vem se tornando cada vez mais escassa, devemos economiza-la, praticando um desensenvolvimento sustentável e incentivar a população cada vez mais a tal prática, usando-a com moderação. Com a sua ausência qualquer tipo de vida será destruida e as doenças serão propagadas cada vez mais.

Brasil, Brasília - CEMTN

-Ludmila Santos Magela 2ºA

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Davi Silva Fagundes replied:

Prezada Ludmila, Bom Dia!

Seja muito bem-vinda as discussões e proposições para a melhoria da qualidade dos recursos hídricos no Distrito Federal, no Brasil e no Mundo, com a realização do Fórum Virtual Mundial da Água. 

A participação de vocês é de grande importância para as mudanças e controle social que precisamos ter e fazer, frente aos problemas que estamos atravessando no Distrito Federal.

Att.,

Prof Davi Silva Fagundes

Bacia Hidrográfica do Rio Descoberto

Brasil - Brasília/Distrito Federal 

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Thamsanqa Rober... said:

Although water covers more than two - thirds of the earth's surface, less than 0.5% is readily available for human use. It thus represents a scarce resource for the people around the world.                           Shortages of water, particularly for drinking and sanitation, are often primarily driven by an inefficient supply of services rather than by water shortages, hence the important role of education in promoting sound water governanc...Read more

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Lanre Rotimi said:

The next Consultative Meeting is scheduled for 26 - 27 April 2017.

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Lalith Dassenaike said:

Dear Shashidhar, many thanks for your valuable and interesting post.  I think this is a very important area namely the use of technology and in particular software systems to manage the water allocation in large irrigation systems. If I understad you correct, I think the model you are refering to has had a lot of success especially good buy-in from the farmers.  It would be really good if you can list some of the key reasons for it's success for example why and how have the farmers benefited from this tool compared to perhaps any other tool you may know of or even that has been tried and tested in this irrigation system in the past.  I think this information will be very valuable to take...Read more

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Shashidhar Shir... replied:

Dear Lalith,

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Lanre Rotimi said:

What questions have been over answered and How questions have been avoided or evaded. The UN System: UNO, WBG, IMF and Member States: Study Reports; Conferences and Meetings Outcome Docuemnts Reccommendations on Sustainable Development in general and Water in particular are not fully implemented with effective monitoring and evaluation of same from Community to Global levels. The Big Issue is How does the 8th Water Forum Design and Delivery address these serious issues of serious business demanding the serious attention of all concerned Community to Global Stakeholders?

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Indika Gunawardana said:

Reminder to VOTE!

Lets' try to vote for the thematic sessions that has been proposed through the room discussions. The voting will end in 7 days, so please make your effort to contribute to select the session topics.Tell water leaders & experts which "water for sustainable development" issues to debate at #WorldWaterForum8 http://www.worldwaterforum8.org/ 

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Shashidhar Shir... said:

I submit that the major challenge in global context, and particulrly in south Indian irrigation sector is equitable distribution of irrigation water to initial,mid and tail reaches of canal network.The situation is so precarious that the farmers in initial and mid reaches let in far more quantity of water than their crops need,thereby spoiling their crop fields. The famers in the tail end receive almost no water,resulting in starving of their crops.

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António replied:

Vamos nos conscientiza de fazer o melhor para que a Água seja bem usada.

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Indika Gunawardana replied:

Thank you Shashidhar Ji for your contribution.

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Indika Gunawardana said:

Dear All,

Lets' try to vote for the thematic sessions that has been proposed through the room discussions. The voting will end in 10 days, so please make your effort to contribute to select the session topics.

VOTE!

Tell water leaders & experts which "water for sustainable development" issues to debate at #WorldWaterForum8 http://www.worldwaterforum8.org/

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Natália Gaspar said:

Garantir água de qualidade e em quantidade suficiente para a agricultura familiar, que produz comida saudável e fixa o homem no campo.

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Indika Gunawardana replied:

A good input though its short. Small scale industries (including farming)  help to sustain economically and even to re-use household wastewater. Specially this applies in the rural sector. 

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Guo Chongshan said:

The thematic framework has been set on an all-round and forward-looking perspective that incorporates the most prominent water issues in the world. By focusing on the overarching theme “sharing water”, the 8th WWF is more people and environment oriented by highlighting sustainability, capacity building, and other aspects.

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Indika Gunawardana replied:

Dear Guo,

Thanks for the comment. It was posted twice, so I deleted the repeated post. Good to hear the contribution and involvement you are already making in the WWF8. Have you already been contact with the organizing commitee regarding this sesion coordination you mentioned? 

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Indika Gunawardana said:

Summary of the Week 8

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Indika Gunawardana said:

VOTE! Tell water leaders & experts which "water for sustainable development" issues to debate at #WorldWaterForum8 http://www.worldwaterforum8.org/

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Nicholas Agaba ... said:

The topic Water Energy and Food Security nexus, is very relevant for my country Uganda with approximately 75% of the population living in rural areas, and with country-wide access to electrcirty under 12%. The need for renewable energy schemes that utilise water e.g small hydro and mini-hydro projects will be crucial in faciliating rural electrification and sustainable development in rural Uganda and Africa generally....Read more

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Daniela Cestarollo replied:

Hi Nicholas ! We thank you and welcome your input in our group. In fact, we appreciate very much comments coming from African countries as we, in South America, know very little about your reality. The 9th WWF will be in Senegal in 2021 and I believe the participation and contributions by people like you are essential at this stage and will be even further in Brasília next year. 

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Nicholas Agaba ... replied:

The topic "Infrastructure for sustainable water resource management and services" is of interest to us here in Uganda and Africa in general. Alot of the agricutre in Uganda is rain-fed and is done by small holder farmers (farmers with land acrage less than 4 acres). Climate change and drought have increasingly posed challenges to our small holder farmers. We could learn alot from the South American experience on irrigation infrastructure, water schemes and water storgae infrastructure e.g dams etc to support growth and productivity in agriculture. Agriculure in my country employs over 75% of the population, and more than 80% of this agricultrue is done on small holder farms....Read more

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TCHOKOUATOU GHI... said:

Globally, the vast majority of all the wastewater from our homes, cities, industry and agriculture flows back to nature without being treated or reused – polluting the environment, and losing valuable nutrients and other recoverable materials.

Instead of wasting wastewater, we need to reduce and reuse it. In our homes, we can reuse greywater on our gardens and plots. In our cities, we can treat and reuse wastewater for green spaces. In industry and agriculture, we can treat and recycle discharge for things like cooling systems and irrigation.

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Daniela Cestarollo replied:

Hi Ghislaine ! Thank you very much for your input. In Brazil, a lot of people in cities are already aware of how essential it is water recycling and reuse. Many households recycle their wastewater for watering gardens and/or flushing toilets.Yet, these small initiatives are not enough. We need further commitment from governments and educational campaigns on the cost of water for society as a whole.  

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TCHOKOUATOU GHI... replied:

merci pour votre commentaire Daniela,  en Afrique en général et au Tchad en particulier ce principe de réutilisation et de recyclage des eaux n'entre pas encore dans les habitudes il faut l'intégrer.

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Davi Silva Fagundes said:

Prezados Coordenadores e Secretaria Executiva do 8º Fórum Mundial da Água, Bom Dia!

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Daniela Cestarollo replied:

Caro Davi ! Agradecemos por compartilhar conosco a proposta da juventude sobre a àgua e as mudanças climáticas. Acreditamos que a organização da sociedade civil é um dos melhores caminhos para garantir um futuro melhor para os jovens de hoje e de amanhã. 

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Davi Silva Fagundes replied:

Prezada Daniela, Boa Noite!

Agradecido pela atenção e carinho as nossas considerações.

Os meus Estudantes do Centro de Ensino Médio Taguatinga Norte estão participando das discussões do Fórum virtual e estaremos no Fórum Mundial, para colhermos e compartilharmos soluções sustentáveis para os problemas que atravessamos atualmente.

Desejo uma ótima semana e estamos a disposição.

Att.,

Davi Silva Fagundes

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Cristiane Colle... replied:

Bom dia, Davi!

Obrigada pela colaboração! Práticas sustentáveis nas escolas têm, certamente, um efeito exemplificativo muito importante!

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Davi Silva Fagundes replied:

Prezada Cristiane, Bom Dia!

Agradecido pelas considerações ao nosso trabalho com os Estudantes do Centro de Ensino Médio Taguatinga Norte - Brasília / Distrito Federal.

Estamos verificando parcerias para a instalação de sistema de captação das águas das chuvas na Escola, o que contribuirá em muito na redução do consumo e redução dos valores pagos à CAESB.

Estaremos no Fórum Mundial com os meus Estudantes para compartilhar soluções viáveis as problemáticas de crise hídrica que o DF está atravessando.

Att.,

Davi Silva Fagundes

Brasília - Distrito Federal 

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clara osorio said:

Boa tarde,

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Cristiane Colle... replied:

Boa tarde, Clara!

Você fez uma reflexão bastante interessante!

Quais medidas você considera interessantes para mudar os hábitos e induzir o consumo sustentável da água?

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Mayra Augusta d... said:

A água é a fonte principal de matéria prima para o desenvolvimento pessoal, considerando as necessidades fisiológicas de cada indivíduo e fonte primordial para o desenvolvimento da sociedade. Tratar do tema água, energia e segurança alimentar significa tratar da necessidade inerente de usar a água de uma forma consciente para a produção dos nosso alimentos e para a energia utilizada para a produção dos mesmos. 


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Cristiane Colle... replied:

Obrigada pela reflexão, Mayra!

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TCHOKOUATOU GHI... said:

certes que le changement climatique est là avec tous les effets que nous connaissons sur l'environnement et la vie de la population, mais nous ne devrons pas croiser les bras pour en faire un mythe. Même si la thématique  de l'eau et assainissement est moins prise en compte dans jles politiques de nos gouvernants aujourd'hui, la société civile doit d'avantage multiplier des plaidoyers et lobbing auprès du gouvernement sans toutefois se lasser de senssibiliser les populations sur  les bonnes pratiques de gestion d'eau , l'usage des fosses et toilettes, la gestion des déchets...

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Lalith Dassenaike said:

Thanks Lijie for that very interesting comment.  This is a very important issue you have touched on namely how one needs to be mindful of "Sustainability" of a resource as a country or community develops.  And so yes, the "Water" resource often is the sector which suffers both in terms of quality and quantity and hence this theme at the 8th WWF to address "Sustainability" issues of Water. It would be good to hear from you a few specific examples as to what the authorities are doing to mitigate or control this for example with success stories if any.  If not presumably the discussion can be focused on hearing success stories from other regions to move forward the discussion.

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Lijie said:

Water resources is the foundation for people's living and development. With the development of China's economy, the shortage of city water resources and water pollution have seriously hindered the sustainable development of the society. Although in recent years, our country pay more attention to the prevention and controlling of water pollution, but along with our accelerating in urbanization process, the urban water supply and water pollution are increasing, all these puts forward higher requirements in city water pollution control work.

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gabriela said:

Boa tarde,

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TCHOKOUATOU GHI... replied:

merci Gabriela, mais  il faut que l'effort des uns et des autres soit accompagné par l'action du gouvernement. ici au Tchad le manque d'eau est criarde; les gens s'alignent pendant des heures pour avoir de l'eau des pompes, le bidon de 20L se vend parfois à 500fcfa au lieu de 25fcfa selon qui yait affluence

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Daniela Cestarollo replied:

Cara Gabriela ! O grupo é quem agradece pela sua valiosa participação.Pedimos apenas que divulgue essa iniciativa nas suas redes de contato. 

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Daniela Cestarollo said:

Today UK's best investigative journalism has published an interesting piece on ways to turn water from waste to resource. Check it out: 
//www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2017/mar/27...

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TCHOKOUATOU GHI... replied:

c'est intéressant, merci pour le lien

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Amelia said:

Please view the contributions on the People session, viz.joint  ventures and  projects related to water management and distribution in the Latin America and Caribbean regions.. Some o fthese can be duplicated in other regions of the world.

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KANNA VI MARTIN... said:

bonjour à tous .j’avais effectué un long déplacement à l’intérieur de mon pays pour des raisons professionnelles .Demain, je serai présent dans plusieurs salles de discussion merci

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KANNA VI MARTIN... said:

bonjour à tous .j’avais effectué un long déplacement à l’intérieur de mon pays pour des raisons professionnelles .Demain, je serai présent dans plusieurs salles de discussion merci

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Arántzazu Figue... said:

Olá a todos. O meu nome é Arantza Figueredo e sou uma espanhola que vive em Brasil na atualidade. Primeiro, quero agradecer a oportunidade de estar aqui e poder compartilhar com todos vocês ideias, opiniões, experiências. Eu trabalhei em Espanha muitos anos no sector das águas residuais, bem como pesquisadora, passando pelo nível técnico, bem como na gestão do serviço para uma empresa pública. E agora aqui, em Brasil, onde estou a começar com uma pequena empresa, estou a começar a ver e valorizar, como está a situação nesta matéria.

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