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World Water Forum 6

The 6th World Water Forum runs from 12 - 17 March in Marseille, France. This meeting brings organisations in the water sector together every three years and aims to identify, understand and seek solutions to some of the most urgent water issues, from the local to the global scale. Our aim is to get the importance of wetlands for water provision higher on the agenda’s of decision makers. We are also raising awareness of key water issues such as integrating wetlands into river basin management, the future of the Niger River in Mali, and the emerging issue of watergrabbing.

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Our activities and presentations at the World Water Forum


Emphasizing the importance of ecosystems to achieve ecological and development goals

We are coordinating Priority for Action 3.1: Improve the quality of water resources and ecosystems: Better interaction of water resources and ecosystems management. (View our bookmark with the full programme of sessions under 3.1).


In our sessions we will emphasize the importance of ecosystems as integral for ecological and development goals. We will highlight the implementation gap in water management that fails to value the services delivered by ecosystems, and seek out solutions that improve the health of wetlands while delivering equitable development.


Join our session on 14 March 14:30 - 16:30 in Room PC 17 Samena. We are leading Target 3.1.4: Bringing ecosystems into the mainstream of river basin management. We will highlight the risks of not fully integrating wetlands into river basin management, seek out new and innovative approaches to do so, and secure commitments from river basins to take up this challenge.


Join us for the following related sessions:


Watergrab: an emerging threat to fresh water in developing countries?

Join our side event, Watergrab: are developing countries facing a fight for fresh water?

Friday 16 March 13:15 - 14:15, Room PC 2 Endoume 3

Featuring journalist and author Fred Pearce, Wetlands International and partner Both ENDS (discussing the right to water). View our event bookmark.


In the developing world, deals targeting productive lands and their underlying water are increasing. Accessible ground and surface waters are under severe stress as powerful actors reallocate water resources in ways that degrade ecosystems and disenfranchise local communities. Here will provide a global overview, speak to on-the-ground impacts and invite discussion and call for solutions.


The Future of the Niger River

Join our press conference on the Future of the Niger River
Tuesday 13 March, from 15:00 to 15:30. Locations: PEv B2 - Podesta, Palais des Evénements (B).

We will present our recent findings calculating the combined impacts of increased water use and climate change the Inner Niger Delta in Mali – the largest wetland area in the Western Sahel and a crucial lifeline for 1.4 million people.


- Fred Pearce, author and journalist
- Bakary Kone, Wetlands International Africa
- Chris Baker, Wetlands International
- Questions & Answers

Related links:

News Scientist - Niger river dams could displace 1.5 million
News Scientist - Make or break time for Mali's fertile wetland


Protection and restoration of river ecosystems in Europe

Join us as we contribute to European Region Priority Target 9 - Healthy rivers through adoption of best practice ecological restoration and strategic land use planning in integrated basin management. Thursday 15 March 08:30 to 10:30, location PP 1 - Athéna 1. (View the flyer)


Addtional Sessions

Staff from Wetlands International will be participating in sessions throughout the week. Here is a list by day of the highlights:



Thematic Session: 2.4.2 Stimulating Investments in Innovative Water Technologies and Ecosystems: a Path to Green Growth? 14:30 to 16:30, PC 8 - Callelongue


Regional Session: MED1.1 & MED1.2 Water Demand Management in the Mediterranean 14:30 to 16:30 PC 2 - Endoume 3. View our brochure detailing our successes and ambitions in the Mediterranean.


Press Conference: The Future of The Niger River 15:00 to 15:30, PEv B2 - Podesta


Side Event: Global Changes and Water Resources of the Niger River 19:15 to 20:15, PC 17 - Samena



Thematic Session: 3.1 INTRO - Mind the Gap! Ecosystems and Water Resource Management 08:30 to 10:30, PC 10 - Goude 2


Thematic Session: 2.1.6 Sustainable Management of Multiple Use Water Services 14:30 to 16:30, PEu 5 - Europa 5.


Thematic Session: 3.1.4 Bringing Ecosystems into the Mainstream of River Basin Management 14:30 to 16:30, PC 3 - Patio 1.


Thematic Session: 3.1.1 The Magic Ingredient: Making Water Policy Count 17:00 to 19:00 PC 16 - Riou



Thematic Session: 3.1.2 All for One, One for All – Integrating Surface and Groundwater Management Practices for Healthy Water-Dependent Ecosystems 08:30 to 10:30 PC 1 - Endoume 1+2


Regional Session: EU9 Protection and Restoration of River Ecosystems 08:30 to 10:30 PP 1 - Athéna 1


Thematic Session: 3.1.3 Reducing Nutrient Inputs and Pollution: Bring Commitments to Clean Up our Filthy Waters! 11:00 to 13:00 PC 5 - Jardin 1


Thematic Session: 3.1 Multi-stakeholder Panel - Bridging the Gap Between Water Resources Management and the Implementation of Ecosystems Solutions: Towards Consensus and the Next Steps 14:30 to 16:30 PC 1 - Endoume 1+2


Thematic Session: 3.1 SYNTH - Committing to Bridging the Water Resources Management and Ecosystems Gap 17:00 to 19:00 PEu 4 - Europa 4



High Level Panel: Water, Food and Energy Nexus 11:00 to 13:00 PC 15 - Auditorium - Download the document: Food & Energy Nexus - Water, Food & Energy High - Level Panel of the 6th World Water Forum


Watergrab: Are Developing Countries Facing a Fight for Fresh Water? 13:15 to 14:15 PC 2 - Endoume 3


View the online programme for full details of World Water Forum events.

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