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Under the program on Capacity Building in Strategic Planning and Management of Natural Resources in Asia and the Pacific, case studies were conducted at national level in a series of basin-wide, sub-national and national projects. Case studies that were carried out apart from regional and sub regional activities promoting SPM approaches to water resources development. Our SPM library offer case studies and various reports which were synthesized and presented at the Concluding Regional Workshop.
Numerous international water programmes highlight the tremendous weight of water resources management in the balance between socio-economic development and environmental conservation.The 13th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development acknowledged that water management is a fundamental key in the fight against poverty and environmental degradation.
Since 1999 and under the World Water Vision process, the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific and UNESCAP have been extensively working at assisting planners and decision makers in developing water strategies to address the trade-off between policies on economic growth, social equity, and environmental objectives.After several years of work on Capacity Building in Strategic Planning and Management (SPM)of Water Resources, a final workshop was held in Bangkok in November 2004.
During the workshop, participants-government officials, representatives from agencies and organizations responsible for environment, energy and water policies, representatives from United Nations' bodies and specialized agencies, and other entities including sub-regional organizations and academic institutions-concluded that the SPM approach enhanced the level of stakeholders' involvement, increasing the level of ownership and commitment to the formulation and implementation of policies.The participants then agreed on the necessity in continuing the efforts of applying SPM.
Simultaneously, in implementing national level activities, national teams had developed intellectual partnerships and extensively relied on networks to collect information and consult other concerned stakeholders. It was therefore recommended by the participants to support such networks in order to keep up with the efforts to improve collaboration and coordination among agencies of different levels and sectors.
The E-Network on Strategic Planning and Management of Water Resources in Asia and the Pacific is a joint initiative of the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO RAP), and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP). Following UN directives to establish knowledge networks and undertake joint programming, the E-Network builds on the outcomes from previous activities in the region and the need for developing effective water policies as FAO natural resources program is to promote the conservation and sustainable use of land and water resources by promoting national and regional strategies.
The E-Network is a request from water governance practitioners in the region to improve coordination, collaboration, and stakeholders' participation in water resource management. It is maintained by the Land and Water Subgroup of the FAO RAP's Agriculture Group in close collaboration with the Water Resources Section of UNESCAP's Environment and Sustainable Development Division. It represents an initiative from the world water vision to the joint action of UNESCAP and FAO RAP at the regional and country level, in a cooperative effort born in their very complementary mandates, fields of expertise, and experience.
The steering group envisages the implementation of strategic planning and management in integrated land and water resources management for effective strategies in achieving food security and socio-economic development. The implementation of SPM methodologies will promote integrated, multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder approaches to the development and sustainable management of land and water resources. It aims to create well-informed, multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder decision making processes that should result in more sustainable practices, strategies and policies to manage land and water resources and mitigate disasters.
THE STEERING GROUP
|Mr. Alex Heikens
Associate Professional Officer
Water Quality and Water