The global water system is inherently complex and faces increasing dynamic and sometimes unpredictable changes linked to global-to-local economic, social and environmental changes. Increased social and biophysical resilience will need to build on enhanced understanding of biophysical and social systems undergoing rapid change. Improved societal capacity to deal with these changes need to capitalize on for example strengthened cooperation across sectors.
This report provides input into the discussions at the 2013 World Water Week in Stockholm, which is held under the theme of Water Cooperation: Building Partnerships. The editors of the report are Anders Jägerskog, Director, Knowledge Services, Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI); Torkil Jønch Clausen, Chair, World Water Week Scientific Programme Committee, SIWI; Karin Lexén, Director, World Water Week & Prizes, SIWI; and Torgny Holmgren, Executive Director, SIWI.
"The change starts from those who are affected by the problem being around the table with those who want to experiment research and deliver options for development, sitting as equal partners." (Dr. Lindiwe Majele Sibanda)
How can the world adequately feed more than 9 billion people by 2050 in a manner that advances economic development and reduces pressure on the environment?
As the global population surges, dams have been increasingly adopted as a way to keep up with skyrocketing demands for water and energy.
A United Nations-backed project in Kenya is protecting forests and wildlife, as well as providing alternative livelihoods, and offers valuable lessons on how governments and the private sector can successfully work together for the betterment of communities and the environment.
At present the majority of tree planting in Africa focuses on monotypic stands of non-native species, which offer limited added value in terms of biodiversity or socioeconomic opportunities.
In the hillsides of Trinidad’s Northern Range, smallholder subsistence farming systems dominate the landscape. Pushed to this frontier by escalating pressure on low-lying agriculture lands from more urban development and a rising population, farmers continue to rely on short-term crops on the steep slopes there.