The World water forum 2012, organised by France, the World water council and the City of Marseille, will be a time for solutions. The goal of the 6th Forum is to propose realistic solutions and trigger their effective implementation. All stakeholders in the water sector are invited to play an active role in the forum, which will take place from 12 to 17 March.
Parc Chanot - Marseille Congress centre
Go to the Forum site
Parc Chanot map
After having participated intensely in the preparation of the forum, Onema, the central organisation in France for water and aquatic environments, will also make its experience and know-how available during the week of meetings dedicated to water issues. It will take part in work groups for the Europe regional process and the thematic process. It will also make contributions to official sessions and be present at the French pavilion with its partners.
SCIENCE FOR WATER POLICIES (SPI)
Onema is the manager on the European level of the SPI (science and policy interface) group. That is why it is involved in two SPI study groups at the World water forum and will preside a session titled "When science and policy join forces".
Contact : Frédérique Martini, session organiser
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.
Within the Condition for success 3 (CS3), "Creating favourable conditions" , Onema is in charge of Target 1.
Coordinated by Onema, UNU-INWEH, UNESCO-IHE
Promoting technological innovation, the science-policy interface and dialogue between researchers and water managers
"European policy on water management is confronted with a number of challenges, including the restoration of water to good ecological status as defined by the WFD. Meeting these challenges will require technological innovation, the production of new scientific knowledge and partnerships between research, decision-makers and water managers.
Within the Europe regional process, IOWater has been put in charge of organising Specific target 10.
SPI, promoting technological innovation, the science-policy interface and dialogue between researchers and water managers
Coordination: International office for water
"A great deal of experience has been gained in Europe and around the world and should be made available to all. This experience will be presented during the joint session for these two targets, titled "When science and policy join forces".
Session titled "Science-policy interface : when science and policy join forces"
Wednesday, 14 March, 11.00 - 16.30, Congress centre (garden level), Room Endoume 3
Registration and practical information
Onema document on Science and water policy in Europe
PUBLIC WATER AND SANITATION SERVICES
The observatory on public water and sanitation services is managed by Onema; the agency will participate in two sessions during which it will present the first annual
report from the observatory (data and indicators).
The observaotory website
Contact : Maria Salvetti, Eric Bréjoux
Measure service performance
"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.
Within the Condition for success 1 (CS1), "Good governance", Onema is involved in Target 2.
Measuring the performance of water policies
Coordinated by the Scientific and technical association for water and the environment (ASTEE)
At round table no. 1 on performance indicators and tools, Maria Salvetti will present the information system for public water and sanitation services and the first annual report from the French national observatory, which compiles on the national level the performance data and indicators collected from the water and sanitation services throughout France. The complete report as well as the four-page summary will be available for consultation at the French pavilion. They compile on the national level the performance data and indicators collected from the water and sanitation services.
Session on "Improving the governance and performance of public water and sanitation services" , Wednesday, 14 March from 14.30 to 16.30 Congress centre (level 1), Morgiou
Some of the documents that will be available on the Onema stand at the French pavilion are listed below.
1 Leaks in water
2 Public water
and sanitation services
3 The bill for water
and sanitation services
4 About water
and sanitation services
A mobile application for Android and i.OS has been developed to enable access to geolocated data. It will be presented at the forum
Access to water for all
The recent recognition of access to drinking water as a basic human right is a historic step, however its implementation, which depends on practical aspects, will require a great deal of work. One of the key challenges for the 6th World water forum will be to create the links required for effective action between the human-rights and the water sectors.
During Official session 1.1., "Guaranteeing the right and access to water for all", organised by the French development agency, Onema will participate Target 5 in dealing with monitoring water supplies..
Coordinated by the French development agency
Monitoring of water services delivery: a key success factor for sustainability and access to water for all, Wednesday, 14 March from 11.00 to 13.00
Presentation of the Observatory on water services
The observatory in brief
- Thursday, 15 March from 15.00 to 16.20: French experience in evaluating water and sanitation service performance
- Thursday, 15 March from 17.00 to 18.30:Transparency and solidarity in public water services
Wednesday, 14 March from 12.00 to 13.00 / Marseilleveyre room, Palais des événements
Invitation to the press
RESPOND TO CLIMATE AND GLOBAL CHANGES IN AN URBANISING WORLD
Onema supports current projects to reduce the impact of climate change on aquatic living communities and hydrographic regimes, and makes its know-how and experience available for the corresponding water policies. The agency will take part in a number of sessions and present the Strateau software program at the Solutions village.
Contact : Pascal Maugis
Climate change and water resources
Over the past decades, urban populations have exploded and large metropolitan areas have emerged. The increases in urban populations have generated considerable demand for water services, food, energy and space. The growing populations and their developing economies need protection against the risks of flooding, water shortages and rising ocean levels. These risks will become increasingly unforeseeable and intense due to the larger issues at hand and climate change.
As part of Priority for action 3.3., "Respond to climate and global changes in an urbanising world", Onema has contributed to the preparatory work for Target 2.
Coordinated by the Water academy and UNESCO-IHP
Session on "Respond to uncertainties caused by climate and global changes for water planning and management",
Tuesday, 13 March from 11.00 to 13.00, Palais de l’Europe, Hall 8
"Scenarios and models for water management, a contribution or a complicated factor ?" Core group 3.3, Round tables (including 332),
Tuesday, 13 March from 17.00 to 19.00
" 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. Taking into account a set of parameters (spatial, temporal, etc.), Strateau can formulate scenarios by modifying different factors, e.g. changes in farming practices (irrigation, crop selection), climate, population, industrial practices, alternate resources, construction of a dam, etc., and integrating environmental needs.
More on Water Embassy website
Coordinated by the International Commission for Irrigation and Drainage/French National Committee and the American Water Resources Association
Strateau will be presented at the forum as a solution for quantitative water management in France and around the Mediterranean Sea, an area encountering high and chronic hydric stress.
Balance multiple uses through Integrated Water Resource Management, Onema is involved in
Target 5, "Global Water Partnership"
"How Can Models be Used to Help Decision Makers Implement IWRM?" More details
Wednesday, 14 March from 11.00 to 12.00
PC 12 - Sormiou > Palais des Congrès (level 1)
"YI2 Youth Solutions: STRATEAU project"
Tuesday, 13 March from 8.30 to 10.30
PC 14 - Patio 4 > Palais des Congrès (level 1)
Monday, 12 March - Village of Solutions (Factory Pavilion)
Tuesday, 13 March from 13.00 to 14.00 - Agora
Thursday, 15 March
PROMOTE GREEN GROWTH AND THE VALUE OF ECOSYSTEMS
Contact : Sarah Hernandez
"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..
As part of Priority for action 2.4, "Promote green growth and ecosystem services", Onema is involved in Target 3 , "Sustainable funding".
Animation of the session : Sarah Hernandez
More on the session
Coordinated by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
"Managing Water for (Green) Growth: Economic Incentives and Financing ",
13 March 2012, from 11:00 to 13:00
PC 1 - Endoume 1+2
Palais des Congrès (Rez de Jardin Level)
As part of Priority for action 2.4, "Promote green growth and ecosystem services", Onema is involved in Target 4 , "Value ecosystem services".
Coordinated by the Department of Natural Resources and Risk Economics of the French Ecology ministry and the World Business Council on Sustainable Development
"Evaluate water and ecosystems to ensure the sustainability of environments",
Wednesday, 14 March from 11.00 to 16.30
Evaluating the ecosystem services of aquatic environments, a brief presentation of the scientific, political and operational issues.
On green growth, see this excerpt from News IRWnet, , the point of view of an expert: Sara Hernadez
Hydromorphology at the World water forum
Hydromorphological restoration is seen by the Water framework directive as an important factor in achieving good water status. Onema has made it a priority and invested heavily in preparing two sessions dealing with the topic.
Contact : Josée Peress , Philippe Dupont
Improve the quality of water resources and ecosystems
For the European process, Onema has worked on preparing a forum session on hydromorphology and the preservation/restoration of rivers. Four aspects will be discussed during the session, land use, sharing of experience and good practices, better information for the public and tourism. Onema is in charge of the part on better informing the public and contacted the Water agencies to highlight their work in this field. A preparatory seminar was organised in November 2011 in Slovenia with approximately 20 European organisations to discuss the issues, collect ideas and set up an action plan.
For more information on the symposium "Forging Targets and Solutions for Rivers and Water Ecosystem Restoration, Ljubljana, 16-18 November 2011"
As part of Priority for action 3.1, "Improve the quality of water resources and ecosystems", Onema participated in the preparation of Target 4
Coordinated by Wetlands International
Onema is also active in Target 8 of the Europe regional process.
Coordinated by Wetlands International
During the forum session, interested countries may commit to implementing the four aspects of this topic.
For more information on the session "Healthy rivers through adoption of best practice ecological restoration and strategic land use planning in integrated basin management"
Why is it needed to restore river continuity ?
More about The book "Elements d’hydromophologie fluviale".
Summary of the book
Water in the French overseas departments
Onema is present in all French departments.
The agency is mandated to organise financial solidarity between river basins, notably by funding drinking-water and sanitation infrastructure in the overseas territories.
The goal of this solidarity project is to upgrade all urban wastewater-treatment plants and restore water to good status.
It is reinforced by funding of R&D programmes dealing with the management of water resources, wastewater treatment, ecotoxicology and water contamination, and WFD implementation.
For the latter, the goal is to develop new methods for bioindicators, hydromorphology and ecological continuity suited to tropical environments.
L'Onema will participate in two round table on these thematics
Europe regional process Onema is involved in the Specific Europe Region Priority Target N°11 :
"Adapt Water management to the specificities of European outermost regions."
Indeed, the EU territory includes eight regions that are geographically very distant from the European continent but that still form an integral part of the EU member countries they belong to.
Known as the "outermost regions" (OMR), they are covered by EU law and the other rights and duties associated with EU membership.
Hence, developing specific strategies for water management in outermost regions and defining ways to finance and implement them effectively should become a top-priority of the European Union.
More on the session
Coordinated by Martinique Water Office
Research & development activities in French overseas departments
Onema will present his actions relative to water and aquatic environment in French overseas departments and notably tropical islands that must face up
the increase of human pressure on underground water ressource in the context of climate change.
Onema supports also targeted research on water to implement the Water framework directive (WFD) in the French overseas departments (FOD).
Basin solidarity transfers for financing water infrastructures and services in the French overseas
Onema will present the mechanism of basin solidarity witch comes in addition to European funds and local investment efforts to assist the French overseas departments (FOD) with
their wastewater-treatment projects in order to avoid EU penalties. Read more
"EU11 Getting Specific: Adapting Water Policy and Legislation to the Specificities of European Outermost Regions"
Thursday, 15 March from 11.00 to 13.00 PEu 5 - Europa 5 > Palais de l'Europe
Onema will be present at the French pavilion with the Water agencies and the Ecology ministry
On the Onema stand
Contact : Céline Piquier - Gisèle Parfait
"5 questions 5 minutes" about the French national opinion poll on the preservation of water resources and aquatic environments
The history of french water policy
Some of the documents that will be available on the Onema stand at the French pavilion are listed below :
National framework for water data
Reconciling divergent energy and environmental needs. The example of the Dordogne river
Economic instruments to support water policy in Europe: paving the way for research and future development
Ecological services valuation for aquatic environments
A collection of links about key themes of the WWF :
The Carteau site, a panorama of the people and organisations involved in R&D for water and aquatic environments
More information about carteau
The portal for technical documents on water