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World Water Week 2018

Water, ecosystems and human development

August 26 – 31, 2018

Discover what urban wetlands are worth!

In Colombo, Sri Lanka, IWMI’s host country, we are helping discover and promote the true worth of the city’s unique wetland ecosystem – to mitigate flooding, incentivize green investment, bolster food security and in other ways make the city more livable for all. This is the compelling message of our new video on the Colombo Wetlands Complex, which is a nominee for the urban wetlands accreditation scheme of the Ramsar Convention, an intergovernmental treaty that promotes the conservation and wise use of wetlands. Heightened awareness of the multiple benefits of urban wetlands is vital for mobilizing support to enhance their management.

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IWMI and WLE Events

IWMI and WLE events at World Water Week 2018
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Staff Attendees

Staff at World Water Week 2018
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World Water Week 2018: Program

World Water Week 2018 Programme
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For many of us, World Water Week is one of the highlights of the year. Not only is it an opportunity to meet new friends and catch up with old ones, but it is also a chance to move forward on solutions to one of the biggest challenges of our time.

More and more people realize that we urgently need to manage water more wisely and fairly than we have, and that it won’t be easy. We need to work together, with each other and with nature. We need to innovate but also learn to make better use of traditional knowledge.

 

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A new portfolio of solutions underground

Groundwater and the aquifers containing it constitute a large and valuable component of natural capital, supplying water and performing a variety of ecosystem services. Drawing on the considerable knowledge and expertise of its many partners, the Groundwater Initiative for Policy and Practice (GRIPP), which IWMI coordinates, has assembled a portfolio of solutions that make it possible, through improved management, to derive greater development benefits from groundwater-based natural infrastructure.

Learn more about how each solution works, and what GRIPP partners and many other institutions have learned from their experience

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