The World Water Council (WWC), the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO), whose permanent Secretariat is provided by the International Office for Water (OiEau), and The Nature Conservancy (TNC), launched the initiative for the signature of the declaration last September during the World Conservation Congress in Marseille (France):
The main objective of this initiative is to call for a strengthened and sustainable dialogue between the water and nature communities, to make water management and nature protection policies more coherent and to accelerate the implementation of Nature-based Solutions (NBS). Thus, each signatory must commit to working towards "better integration of ecosystems and biodiversity into water sector activities".
INBO and OiEau, public interest organizations, mobilized for decades for the preservation of nature, through innovative and cross-cutting Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) projects on all continents, are pursuing their commitment to give a new breath to this call for mobilization, on the occasion of the 9th edition of the WWF which will be held in Dakar in Senegal, from 21 to 26 March.
The dozens of field actions that accompany the Declaration, such as BIO-Plateaux, CARIBSAN, 100 Water & Climate Projects for Africa, carried out by INBO and OiEau, will be presented during this international event which has placed the topic of "water security for peace and development" at the heart of its debates.
Let's hope that the exchanges which will take place during the high-level panel on water and ecological security (Wednesday 23 March, from 9 to 10.30 a.m. in room 12), will enable to deepen a reflection in favour of the implementation of public policies integrating the objectives of sustainable development of water resources and biodiversity preservation, at the global, national, local and river and lake basin levels, in particular by a wider deployment of NBS.