World Water Week Event - Forests, water and sustainable growth of cities

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World Water Week Event - Forests, water and sustainable growth of cities

This seminar at World Water Week co-arranged by Focali will highlight and discuss the challenges and opportunities related to restoring and sustainably managing forests in watersheds that provide cities with water. Key note speakers from major cities Denver, Kathmandu, Nairobi and Tirana will present the links between forests and water management in their contexts. The event will be web streamed.

What Seminar
When Aug 28, 2016 02:20 PM to
Aug 28, 2016 03:30 PM
Where NL Auditorium
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The sustainable growth of cities depends on a reliable supply of clean water. Many cities increasingly experience too much or too little water or water with too much silt, exacerbated by deforestation and climate change. Restoring and protecting forests in cities watersheds can contribute to more balanced water flows, secure water supplies and cleaner water.

Presentations will be followed by a facilitated discussion focusing on the opportunities for the protection and restoration of forested watersheds. How can sustainably managed forests compliment infrastructure for water supplies? How can local and regional stakeholder dialogues contribute to governance systems supporting the sustainable growth of cities and their surrounding landscapes? How can cities better capitalize from the linkages and interactions between forests and water?

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The event will be web streamed via this live link August 28, 14:00-15:30 (CEST)



14:00 Welcome, Lotta Samuelson, Programme Manager, SIWI Swedish Water House

14:05 The Importance of forests for sustainable access to clean water in cities, Anders Malmer, Director, SLU Global


14:15 Case cities:

• Colorado - Partnerships for addressing urban water risk through sustainable forest management, Jan Cassin, Director, Water Initiative, Forest Trends.

• Nepal - Valuing ecosystem services in local water use decisions in Nepali mid-hill towns, Shahriar Wahid, ICIMOD - International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development.

• Nairobi/Tana Valley - Investing in watershed health through Public-Private Partnerships, Daniel Shemie, Strategy Director Water Funds, the Nature Conservancy

• Tirana - Piloting of landscape restoration measures and watershed payments to conserve water resources, improve water availability and quality, and reduce flooding and sedimentation, Drita Dade, Senior Natural Resource Management Specialist at the World Bank Office, Albania


15:00 Discussion, How can forests contribute more to the sustainable water supply of cities?, moderated by Elaine Springgay, Forestry Officer, FAO.

Panelists are all case study presenters complemented by James Reed Researcher at CIFOR and Thorsten Celander, International Coordinator at the Swedish Forest Agency.

15:25 Conclusions, Mats Eriksson, Director, SIWI



CIFOR - Center for International Forestry Research
Focali - Forest, Climate, and Livelihood Research Network
FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Forest Trends
ICIMOD - International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development
SIWI - Swedish Water House
Swedish Forestry Agency
SIANI - Swedish International Agricultural Network Initiative
SLU - Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences


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