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    29 Sep, 2015

    Event: 7th SADC Multi-Stakeholder Water Dialogue

    Event: 7th SADC Multi-Stakeholder Water Dialogue

    Theme: Watering Development in SADC: The central role of water in driving industrialisation

    Date: 29th - 30th September 2015

    Place: Windhoek, Namibia

    The SADC Secretariat with support from the Government of Denmark (Danida), the Governments of Germany in delegated cooperation with the Governments of Australia (AUSaid) and the United Kingdom (UKaid) managed by GIZ, in collaboration with the Global Water Partnership Southern Africa (GWP-SA), will be holding the 7th SADC Multi-Stakeholder Water Dialogue from 29th – 30th September 2015 at the Safari court Hotel, in Windhoek Namibia.

    The SADC Multi-stakeholder Water Dialogue is a biennial event which provides a platform for regional stakeholders to discuss and share experiences on different aspects of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM). Its focus is to reach out to other sectors that influence or are influenced by water in their dealings especially in the development agenda where water is an engine or catalyst for development. It is in that light the Water Dialogues are held under the overall theme of Watering Development in SADC and highlight how IWRM approaches can address key aspects of socioeconomic development and poverty reduction in Southern Africa.

    The theme for the 7th SADC Multi – stakeholder Water Dialogue is “Watering Development in SADC: The central role of water in driving industrialisation”. The Dialogue will focus on unpacking the role that water will play in driving industrialisation in the region. The SADC Heads of State and Governments have highlighted the need to focus on industrialisation as one of the strategies to contribute to the development of the region. Economic growth due to industrialisation means an increase in the demand of water resources, hence the region needs to plan and ensure water doesn't become a constraint, both in quality and quantity, in order to achieve the aspirations set out in the SADC’s Industrialisation Strategy and Roadmap. The 7th SADC Multi – stakeholder Water Dialogue will also serve as a platform to validate the fourth Regional Strategic Action Plan which details the 5 year programme for the water sector (2016 – 2020) and supports the implementation of the RISDP and Industrialisation Roadmap and Strategy.

    Objectives:

    • To understand industrial development trends and the interaction with water resources management;
    • To understand how nexus approaches can lead to sustainable industrialisation;
    • To strategise and propose a clear way forward to ensure water resources in the region are developed, managed and used in a sustainable way to support the industrialisation agenda; and
    • To provide a platform to present and discuss RSAP IV, which is supporting the implementation of the RISDP and the industrialisation roadmap and strategy.

    Outcomes

    Participants of the dialogue should be able to breakdown the concept of industrialisation and understand its direct applicability and impacts on water resources primarily and other sectors intertwined with the water sector.

    The following are the expected outcomes from the dialogue:

    • Clear understanding of the role of water in driving industrialisation in the region.
    • Gaps and areas to build on with regards to sustainable water resources management identified to drive industrialisation.

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