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Nature Hub at the 10th World Water Forum

Join The Nature Conservancy and partners for a week of programming and events on nature’s role in driving global water security.

Aerial view of rivers and rivulets creating patterns on the Earth.
Yarlung Zangbo The narrow long strip of land between south of the upper streams of Brahmaputra River and northern foothills of Tibet Himalayas is distributed with large areas of wetlands. © 韓凱杰/TNC Photo Contest 2022

Overview

Event Overview

Water security starts with nature—and with The Nature Hub at the 10th World Water Forum in Bali, Indonesia. Join The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Forest Trends, the Daugherty Water for Food Global Initiative, Yayasan Konservasi Alam Nusantara (YKAN) and Jaga Semesta for a week of programming and events on nature’s role in driving global water security. Sessions curated by leading experts will explore a range of topics, including nature-based solutions for water security, freshwater biodiversity and regenerative agriculture. 

Schedule of Events

Sessions and social events will be held daily from 09:30 – 19:00 (local time).

Corn fields outside of Arapahoe, North Carolina at sunset.
A kingfisher catches a fish in Croatia.
A farmer plants trees in Mexico's Mantiquiera Mountains.
Underwater view of small fish swimming in Caroline Springs.

Monday, May 20

9:00–12:00
No Nature Hub programming during 10th World Water Forum Opening Ceremony

13:00-15:30
Nature Hub open for networking

16:00-17:00
Agricultural water use, hydrology, and policy trends: Challenges and insights for action

Host: Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute

About: Over the last decades, water use patterns in agriculture have shifted globally. Some regions have experienced a decrease in irrigated area, while others have experienced an increase. In this interactive session led by the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute, speakers will highlight common misconceptions about water availability, demonstrate changes in irrigation patterns across space and time, and discuss challenges and pathways toward solutions related to agricultural water risk management.

17:30-
Nature Hub Welcome Party
Join Nature Hub partners and special guests for a casual evening reception to celebrate the opening of the Nature Pavilion at the 10th World Water Forum. Light food and drinks will be provided. 

Tuesday, May 21

9:30-10:30
Early Warning, Anticipation, Local Action: Building Synergy for Climate Resilience

Host: International Water Management Institute (IWMI)

About: The escalating frequency and intensity of climate shocks threaten water and food security, livelihoods, and social stability. This session explores how early warning systems, anticipatory action plans, and empowered local action can be woven together to create a more synergistic approach to climate resilience.

11:00-12:00
Harnessing Community Movements to Utilize Nature-Based Solutions for Future Water Protection

Host: Jaga Semesta

13:00-14:00
Community-Led Ecological Mangrove Restoration and Protection

Host: MERA

Partners: YKAN; Hasnur Rasid, Tentrem Rahayu, Jemmy Chayadi

14:30-15:30
Sustainable Groundwater Management through Community-Based Solutions

Host: IUCN

Partners: IUCN (Mercy Corps)

About: A Step-wise approach to understand and develop solutions working at the catchment-community scale to replenishment groundwater supplies. Based on a CREWS guide developed for MERCY Corp in 2022, the session provides a 101 on groundwater, aquifers, and the various physical tools that can be used to stabilize and restore groundwater storage.

16:00-17:00
Host:
United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)

17:30-
TNC and WaterWorX Reception

 

Wednesday, May 22

8:00-9:15
How to Leverage the Power of Development Finance to Accelerate Investments in Nature-Based Solutions for Water Security (Breakfast session)

Host: The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Partners: OECD, WB, AFD, ADB, AfDB, CAF, IsDB

About: The session will discuss the main types of DFI financing instruments and their applicability to NbS for Water Security financing, but also possible pathways for accelerating DFI financing for NbS (e.g., policy, regulatory reform, etc.) that should be explored.

9:30-10:30
Charting the Path for Scaled Investment in Natural Infrastructure for Water Security in Peru

Host: Forest Trends

11:00-12:00
Debating Drops: Should We Move Water Out of Agriculture

Host: International Water Management Institute (IWMI)

Partners: IWMI, ICARDA, IRRI, WorldFish

About: “Debating Drops” is an essential debate session designed to dissect the critical and timely issue of water redistribution from agriculture and its impact on inclusive growth. The session confronts the sustainability of current water usage in agriculture and explores innovative strategies for reducing agricultural water consumption without compromising food security. It examines the balance between maintaining essential water supplies for agriculture and reallocating water resources to other sectors in response to unsustainable future demands.

13:00-14:00
A Vital Connection: Exploring the Nexus of Water and Human Health

Host: Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute

About: Water has a profound impact on human health. In this session, we’ll explore how water quantity and quality, as well as the effects of a changing climate, can significantly impact our well-being. We’ll discuss the efforts of the Water, Climate and Health Program at the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute and the University of Nebraska Medical Center, which pioneers interdisciplinary research, education and collaborative solutions to public health challenges associated with water and climate in Nebraska and around the world. This session will be led by Dr. Jesse Bell, Director of the Water, Climate and Health at the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute and is ideal for anyone interested in public health, environmental sustainability, or the interconnectedness of our planet's resources. A Q+A session will follow.

14:30-15:30
Nature Hub open for networking

16:00-17:00
The Freshwater Challenge: A Country-Led Initiative to Accelerate Progress toward National Commitments for Freshwater Ecosystem protection and restoration

Host: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

About: The session will consist of a panel of members from different regions and partners reaffirming the significance of the FWC. As a country-led effort of global scope, Governments will announce implementation progress to-date. Partners will offer more information on the governance of the Initiative, on support to be provided to countries for resource mobilization and definition of metrics, and on the role envisioned for the private sector.

17:30-
The Freshwater Challenge: Reception

Hosts: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

About: A reception celebrating The Freshwater Challenge will follow the session. Light food and drinks will be provided.

 

Thursday, May 23

9:30-10:30
Resilience and Sustainable Coalition for Water Secure Catchments

Host: Indonesia Water Coalition

11:00-12:00
A Purpose-Built Technical Assistance Facility for Watershed Nature-Based Solutions

Host: The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

About: Nature in upstream areas is the foundation of water quality and availability. The Nature Conservancy’s two decades of work building watershed investment programs (and/or catchment management programs) has birthed several successful watershed-scale programs that use nature to improve water security, including in Cape Town, Nairobi, Medellín and New Mexico. In 2022 we launched Nature for Water, a technical assistance program designed to help partners around the world design, build and optimize their own local watershed programs. Join this session to learn more about Nature for Water and how we might be able to help you.

13:00-14:00
Host:
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

14:30-17:30
Nature Hub open for networking

 

Friday, May 24

9:30-10:30
Nature Hub open for networking

11:00-12:00
Te Mana o te Awa o Waikato: Restoring and Protecting the Health and Well-being of the Waikato River, Aotearoa—New Zealand

Host: Waikato Tainui and Forest Trends

13:00-14:00
Source Water Protection Partnership for Africa (SWAPP) Stakeholders Session on Partnership Progress

Host: The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Partners: TNC, AfWASA, AMCOW, SIWI

14:30-17:00
Nature Hub open for networking