World Water Forum 2012

IUCN is at the World Water Forum in Marseille, France, from 12-17 March 2012.

At the Forum, politicians, water managers, the private sector and NGOs will find themselves around the same table debating and sharing solutions, and we hope, committing to implement them at the scale needed.

IUCN has a strong presence, working to ensure that ‘natural solutions’ become a major part of the global water management portfolio.

News from the Forum


Water - but not as we know it, says IUCN

The World Water Forum in Marseille has firmly placed nature at the heart of its strategies for improving global water resources. This effectively changes the way the world looks at protecting this most valuable liquid asset, says IUCN. …  

16 Mar 2012 | News story

Water lily survey

Water means wealth – ‘smart’ water management in Asia and the Pacific

Availability of fresh water is essential to social and economic growth. Investing in sustainable water management should be a priority for all decision makers, according to a recent publication by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and ADB (Asian Development Bank). …   | French | Spanish

16 Mar 2012 | News story

Katharine Cross

Feet on the ground in Africa - negotiating in Marseille

IUCN has a long history of engagement in water and wetlands conservation in the east and southern African region. It was one of the earliest organizations to draw attention to the significance of wetland resources and has achieved some notable successes. …  

16 Mar 2012 | News story

Komadogu-Yobe, Nigeria

Natural solutions for disaster risk reduction

A hot topic at the World Water Forum in Marseille has been the amount of natural disasters involving water. Not a month goes by without news of some devastating flood striking one or other corner of the globe. …  

15 Mar 2012 | News story

Fish at market in Asia

Changing the water perspective from an Asian angle

IUCN has been making a hard sell to delegates at the World Water Forum in Marseille on the case for investing in natural infrastructure. But what does it mean on the ground? …  

15 Mar 2012 | News story
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Bagré Dam, Burkina Faso

Think dams, think people

When building large dams, benefits to local communities can go hand in hand with broader national development objectives, shows a study launched today by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and IIED (International Institute for Environment and Development) at the World Water Forum in Marseille. …   | French

14 Mar 2012 | News story

Surrounding communities rely on the river for transportation

Water for peace in south Asia

Bangladesh and India have some of the most intricate and complex river systems in the world. The Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna, the three major rivers, along with their tributaries drain an area of about 1.75 million square kilometres supporting a population of 620 million people. …  

14 Mar 2012 | News story

Lago Titicaca, Bolivia.

Water without borders

Cross-border water management not only benefits water security but it also promotes dialogue, peace and cooperation – even in geopolitically unstable regions, according to IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). …   | French | Spanish

13 Mar 2012 | News story

Andrew Seidl

Counting the cost of water

The economic value of water cannot be underestimated. To that end the Head of IUCN's Global Economic and Environment Programme, Andrew Seidl talks about some of the risks that we face if we don't start counting the cost of water. …  

13 Mar 2012 | News story

Fishing in floodwaters in Xe Champhone, Lao PDR.

'The Way Towards Rio+20' - speech by IUCN Director General

Mr Chairman, thank you for your invitation to address this important event and to contribute, on behalf of IUCN, to your deliberations over what should be Marseille’s message to the Rio+20 Conference. …  

13 Mar 2012 | IUCN statement

6th World Water Forum, Marseille, 12-17 March 2012
  • 6th World Water Forum, Marseille, 12-17 March 2012

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