Session 3 – “Water Resources Security”

Water Resources Security is key for sustainable development. Water experts and practitioners are aware that the reliable supply of water in an acceptable quality is not only necessary for supplying domestic users, agriculture and industries. The development of our communities depend on water, and so do ecosystems, which provide vital services to us.

Development policies often react to megatrends and the overarching political agenda, adopting crucial issues such as climate change, displacement and migration, food security and economic development. The Water Resources Security Framework gives a structure for highlighting the diversity of water approaches and tools and how they contribute to water related impacts, but also to these impacts beyond water. To give one example, the concept helps to draw the impact chain from climate resilience to water related outcomes such as providing water for healthy ecosystems and further to the level of activities, for example improved monitoring systems.


  • Reach a common understanding of the concept of water security
  • Find ways to emphasize how approaches in the water sector benefit the overarching development agenda (including topics such as climate resilience and urban development)
  • Identify opportunities for improving water security outside of the water sector (e.g. hydropower, cooling water, agricultural irrigation)
  • Find strategies on promoting cooperation of institutions responsible for water resources management at the local, national and transboundary level in order to improve water security

Session Plan

Moderation: Koen Verbist

Keynote: Martin Kerres

Organizers: Martin Kerres; Sudeh Dehnavi

The Panelists of the Session

Udo Nehren and Leon Sarmiento
Session organizers: “Nature Based Solutions for Water Resources Management”

Andreas Haarstrick
Session organizer: “Water Supply and Reuse”

Ramon Brentführer
Session organizer: Science Policy Forum “Innovative subsurface water solutions (SWS) to improve water management in coastal areas” and “Sustainable Ground Water Management”

Johannes Hamhaber
Session organizer: Science Industry Forum “Water Smart Cities” and representative for session on “Urban Water Management”

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

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    Room: Peking 2

    Organized by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Martin Kerres

Keynote Speaker and Session Organizer

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) | Advisor Water and Climate Change

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Room: Peking 2

Organized by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)