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The growing concentration of people in cities influences water consumption, quality and availability. A substantial part of urban populations lives in areas without proper infrastructure and water services. Coping with this reality 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).
- How can education and capacity building be enhanced to ensure an adequate quantity and quality of water in cities?
- In relation to water in cities, 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 better management of water in cities?
- How do you, or could you, contribute to designing and implementing integrated water resources management (IWRM) policies or projects for issues of water in cities?
- How do you foster transboundary co-operation for better management of water in cities?
- How do you ensure multi-level governance, engage stakeholders and assess the results of policies for urban water?
- How to better share solutions and good practices for the implementation of urban water related SDGs Who must be involved?
- How to involve all in water management and governance related to water in cities: public, private, civil society - women and men - young and old - in bottom up and top down approaches?
- How to ensure respect for cultural diversity, justice and equity in the water sector, while sharing science and traditional knowledge, from the water in cities perspective?
- How can Water in Cities help mainstream sustainability issues related to water to the center of decision-making and strategy definition by governments and business?
- How can Water in Cities help improving society resilience to water issues, giving that water availability is reducing in most countries and the consumption is increasing?
- Water issues are regional, hard to be solved individually by local governments or companies. How can Water in Cities stimulate collaborative actions that will lead to a sustainable use of water resources?