Onema

The French National Agency for Water and Aquatic Environnements

NewsLetter #11

winter 2011-2012

Responding to future challenges of water and aquatic systems

Editorial

Patrick Lavarde, General director of Onema
Vice-president of the WWF thematic process

François Lacroix, Deputy general director of Onema
Programme director for the WWF international committee

The 6th World water forum in Marseille will be "a time for solutions"
France will welcome the World water forum for the first time. This 6th forum will be the result of intense preparations in which we have been active participants. For the past twelve months, 100 international groups around the world have been working on the main targets for each of the priority topics corresponding to the major water issues. To meet each target in the years to come, concrete solutions have been identified.
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Green growth and the value of ecosystems

Rational use of water resources and protection of the ecosystem services provided to humans by aquatic environments is an important issue given population growth, exploding cities and the resulting demand for water. Green growth and acknowledgement of the value of ecosystem services are a major priority of the World water forum. Onema has worked extensively during the preparatory phase of the forum on two specific targets for this priority, i.e. economic instruments for better management of water resources and integration of the value of water and ecosystem services in development projects..
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Facilitate discussions on water issues between scientists and decision-makers

The ambitious water goals set by the international community raise complex scientific challenges that will require new approaches in relations between scientists and political decision-makers. The design and implementation of a worldwide programme to improve dissemination of scientific knowledge and enhance water governance is one of the targets of the World water forum (WWF), coordinated in part by Onema.
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Governance and the performance of water and sanitation services

One of the forum targets to achieve good water governance in the world (a key condition for forum success) is to obtain a commitment from the participating countries to adopt governance tools, indicators and the means to evaluate the performance of water and sanitation services in order to monitor water policies. Several events will be devoted to this target during the forum. Concrete solutions to monitor service performance will be presented, including the observatory for water and sanitation services, coordinated by Onema. It will be an occasion to review the first national report on the organisation, management and performance of the French public services.
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Preserve and restore European rivers

In Europe, alterations in the morphology and the hydraulic regime of rivers have become major factors in river degradation. Less than 20% of European rivers are still in their natural, physical condition. Physical restoration of rivers and the protection of aquatic ecosystems have thus become a priority. A session will be devoted to this topic during the World water forum in the framework of the European regional process. Significant study has already been done, coordinated by the European centre for river restoration (ECRR) and with the participation of Onema.
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The French water sector to demonstrate solutions

Parc Chanot - Marseille Congress centre Hall 3 (Palais Phocéen) - French pavilion
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Strateau for efficient, quantitative water management
Strateau is a decision-aid tool that can help a given area (management unit, river basin) to quantify the water resources available to meet demands for various uses...
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Evaluation of public water and sanitation service performance is a key part of innovative governance systems
As a follow-up to the official session for target 2 of the "Good governance" priority, Onema will organise an event in the international section of the forum to present various systems for performance evaluation and monitoring that now exist in the world...

Congress centre, Thursday, 15 March from 13.15 to 14.15
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Onema will organise four side events at the French pavilion

Ecological engineering to restore the good status of aquatic environments
Onema will organise a meeting to discuss innovation and what it can contribute to the management and protection of aquatic environments.

French pavilion, Tuesday, 13 March from 13.00 to 14.20

Partnerships to protect drinking-water abstractions
The professional federation of water companies (FP2E) and the permanent assembly of the Chamber of agriculture (APCA) will organise a side event to emphasise the importance of partnerships in sustainable projects to protect drinking-water abstractions.

French pavilion, Wednesday, 14 March from 10.40 to 12.00

French experience in evaluating water and sanitation service performance
The Scientific and technical association for water and the environment (ASTEE) and Onema will organise a round table on the topic of governance and the performance of public water and sanitation services in France.

French pavilion, Thursday, 15 March from 15.00 to 16.20

Transparency and solidarity in public water services
Monitoring of public water and sanitation management is the means to ensure transparency and develop the confidence of local stakeholders and citizens.

French pavilion, Thursday, 15 March from 17.00 to 18.30


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