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Finance at the 8th World Water Forum

All functions of water resources management and water security require specific funds that go beyond the resources invested by sectors in their own activities. Proper financing for integrated water resources management policy is essential to effectively achieve its main social and economic objectives. New challenges related to climate change and the SDGs add to those objectives, and are unlikely to be achieved without sufficient funding. In such context, not only challenges tend to increase, but also the financial and social costs related to integrated water management. Ensuring access to proper funding is key to face current problems, as is proposing innovative ways and new sources of funds that can meet the new agendas.

Finance - 1st Discussion Feb - Apr 2017

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The 8th World Water Forum will have financing one of its central themes, focusing on innovative solutions and facing emerging problems towards water security. In order to comprise the debate sections, the following three topics have been set, which should split into Thematic Sessions and other debate stages during the event in 2018:

  1. Economics and financing for innovative investments
  2. Financing implementation of water SDGs and adaptation to climate change
  3. Finance for sustainable development – supporting water-friendly business

Considering the above topics about Finance:      

  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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TCHOKOUATOU GHISLAINE's picture

TCHOKOUATOU GHI... said:

salut à tous,

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BLONDEL SILENOU's picture

BLONDEL SILENOU said:

SALUT A TOUS, 

Tout en prenant en compte ce qui a été dit, je voudrais souligner que la prise en compte de la recherche et la promotion des innovations technologiques sont autant d'atouts que nous devront prendre en compte.

Dans mon pays l'essentiel des travaux de recherche ne sert qu'à valider des curricula universitaires, les innovations  quand bien meme elles repondent au besoin des populations ne beneficient pas de l'attention necessaire pour servir au developpement. Car les priorités des bailleurs et des financements ont tres souvent une connotation plus politique que sociale. 

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Júlia Nogueira said:

Olá! Meu nome é Júlia Nogueira e eu sou estudante de Engenharia Química no Brasil.

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José María Varela García's picture

José María Vare... replied:

Hi, Julia!

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Franz Rojas's picture

Franz Rojas said:

Round up:

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Franz Rojas's picture

Franz Rojas said:

Welcome aboard Peter and thanks for your comment.  You have just addressed some of the main issues regarding water sector development: poor prioritization, limited finances or bad policies, among others.

Despite the obstacles, the challenge now is how to achieve the people with fewer resources in a fast and sustainable way, where the economic efficiency must be complemented with criteria of effectiveness and inclusiveness to the most disadvantaged. Financing the implementation of water SDGs and adaptation to climate change issues, instruments and policies seems to be one of the best ways to face these challenges ahead and a good theme of discussion.

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peter sunday said:

a)planning,priotizing,corruption,selfishness, limited finances.
b)Limited finances,poor prioritization.
c)poor policies,over population and dwelling on other sectors first. This strongly applies to my community and city plus neighbourhood.

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Luiz said:

Prezados, 

O Brasil é um país que ainda possui uma deficiência muito grande no setor de água e saneamento. Grande parte da população não possui acesso à água potável, muito menos coleta e tratamento de esgoto.

Para universalizar tais serviços é necessário um volume de investimentos enorme, que o setor público não possui capacidade de realizá-lo. Assim, a impressão é que cabe ao setor privado tal tarefa.

O que falta para que o setor privado tenha maior interesse no setor? Há problemas de governança que afastam as empresas? Baixo retorno financeiro?





 

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Gesner Oliveira replied:

Caro, Luiz. Muito obrigado pela sua pergunta.

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Artur Ferreira said:

As tarifas são parte importante da política de financiamento do setor de saneamento básico, e delas depende a saúde financeira de prestadores de serviço no setor.

Ao mesmo tempo, a oferta de água e o saneamento básico são direitos humanos fundamentais. Como conciliar os custos de manutenção e altos investimentos necessários para a universalização dos serviços em países em desenvolvimento com a baixa capacidade de pagamento de parcela significativa da população destes países?

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Gesner Oliveira replied:

Artur, muito obrigado pelo seu comentário. A questão sobre cobrança ótima da tarifa realmente é um assunto relevante e que vem sofrendo mudança em virtude de diferentes experiências de alguns países e empresas.
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David Abreu said:

A produção agrícola brasileira é fortemente dependente pluviosidade para desenvolvimento das culturas. Nesse sentido, segundo a Conab, a produção agrícola da safra 2015/2016 teve uma redução de 10,2% em relação à safra anterior, boa parte pela ausência de chuvas. O uso da água em atividades agropecuárias é bem diferente daquele que ocorre no ambiente urbano.

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Gesner Oliveira's picture

Gesner Oliveira replied:

Prezado David,
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Cristian Suau said:

Textile and Water: The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development has estimated that by 2030, 47% of the world’s population will live in water-stressed regions (OECD, 2008). The Mediterranean Region is experiencing significantly lower than average rainfall, with severe impacts on rainfall-dependent settlements, industries and the environment. Regarding drinking water, about 14 million people in Europe do not enjoy access a basic drinking-water source, and 62 million people do not have access to piped water on premises. Seven out of ten people without access to a basic drinking-water source live in rural areas....Read more

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Gesner Oliveira replied:

Dear, Cristian Suau.
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Franz Rojas said:

First Week Round Up:

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Franz Rojas said:

Welcome to the another participant to the discussion and thanks for your comment. It is interesting to set a role of the public sector not only as a source of financing but also as a major player for developing an enabling environment and also to leverage further funding from other sectors.

Following your comment, let me pose the next question: Regarding broader roles of the public sector, What are the main points that central and local governments should address to foster innovative ways of investment in the water sector?

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José María Vare... said:

Hello everyone!

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Franz Rojas's picture

Franz Rojas said:

Thank you very much for your comments Leonardo. Indeed, finance is a cornerstone to comply with the SDGs. In order to promote the discussion I suggest a document prepared for the last WWF:

http://www.worldwatercouncil.org/fileadmin/world_water_council/documents...

Based on the previous comments, let me put into consideration some additional questions:

Regarding finance, What should be the role of governments? and complementarily, What should be the role of private sector and civil society?

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Leonardo Armijo... said:

To reach a water secure world, investment and financing are cornerstones for building and operating the necessary infrastructure. Filling the gap between existing funds and that target is a great challenge, and to address it, we should foster the development of innovative finance taking into account the private sector. However, not all projects are “fit to finance” and the public sector plays -and looks like it will continue to play- the main role. I think that first, given our limited resources, it is critical to choose correctly the weights of the sectors where our efforts will be put to develop the instruments that could help to reach the target.

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Franz Rojas said:

Welcome to the 8th WWF on line consultation with the theme on Finance.

We are excited to start the discussions, collect different points of view, and improve the process towards a more participatory forum!

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