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Fifth World Water Forum
5th World Water Forum

16-22 March 2009 | Istanbul, Turkey

L-R: Mehmet Mehdi Eker, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Turkey, and Chen Lei, Minister of Water Resources, China
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Highlights for Saturday, 21 March 2009

On Saturday, participants attended two special focus sessions on “irrigation: efficient use of water in agriculture” and “climate-related disasters.” The thematic process came to a close, with wrap-up sessions on the themes “advancing human development and the MDGs,” “managing and protecting water resources,” and “education, knowledge and capacity development.” Ministers attended a series of roundtables to prepare for the Ministerial Conference Closing, to be held on Sunday. The Major Groups, which have convened on the sides of the Forum, also prepared for their closing sessions.
Efficient Use of Water in Agriculture: Organized by Mexico, China, and Turkey
A view of the dais during the plenary discussion.
Chen Lei, Minister of Water Resources, China
Mehmet Mehdi Eker, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Turkey
José Antonio Rodríguez Tirado, Deputy Director General, Mexico's National Water Commission
The dais during the session.
Climate-Related Disasters
Dieter Klaes, EUMETSAT
L-R: Dieter Klaes, EUMETSAT; Hayati Cetin, Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, Turkey; Mahmut Kayhan, Deputy General Director, State Meteorology Bureau, Turkey; Sahib Kahilon, Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, Azerbaijan; Omer Lutfi Sen, Istanbul Technical University; Mehmet Yildiz, Department of Hydrological Surveys, Turkey; Avinashi Tyagi, WMO; and Mehmet Karaca, Istanbul Technical University
Thematic Wrap-up 2
L-R: Clarissa Brocklehurst, UNICEF; Pasquale Steduto, Chair, UN-Water; Michael Fink, International Hydropower Association; Daniel Renault, FAO; Akkineni Bhavani Prasad, Confederation of Indian Farmers Association; Peregrine Swann, UK DFID; and Martin Walsh, Global Water Partnership
Clarissa Brocklehurst, UNICEF
Participants taking notes on Clarissa Brocklehurst’s speech.
Thematic Wrap-up on Managing and Protecting Water Resources
L-R: Karin Krchnak, The Nature Conservancy; Ken Reid, American Water Resources Association; Hasan Özlü, State Hydraulic Works, Turkey; Brian Richter, The Nature Conservancy; Lena Salame, UNESCO; Jean-François Donzier, International Network of Basin Organizations; Luis Berga, International Commission of Large Dams; Ahmet Sargın, Directorate of State Hydraulic Works, Turkey; Sybylle Vermont, Swiss Agency for the Environment, Forests and Landscape; Wim Cotino, Wageningen University, the Netherlands; and Mathieu Pinkers, Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, the Netherlands
Hasan Özlü, Directorate of State Hydraulic Works, Turkey
Karin Krchnak, The Nature Conservancy
L-R: Brian Richter, The Nature Conservancy; Lena Salame, UNESCO; Jean-François Donzier, International Network of Basin Organizations
Thematic Wrap-up on Education, Knowledge and Capacity Development
L-R: András Szöllösy-Nagy, UNESCO; Richard Meganck, UNESCO; Lidia Brito, UNESCO; Kalanithy Vairavamoorthy, University of Birmingham; Darren Saywell, International Water Association; Doğan Altinbilek, Middle East Technical University; Unal Oziş, Turkey; Ricardo Martínez, Mexico; and Selahattin Erhan, Yeditepe University-Istanbul
L-R: Elif Erhan, Turkish Water Culture Association; Richard Meganck, UNESCO; Lidia Brito, UNESCO; and Kalanithy Vairavamoorthy, University of Birmingham
Lidia Brito, UNESCO
Which are the operational tools that enable transboundary cooperation and sound basin management?
L-R: Peter Van Niekerk, Department of Water Affairs and Forestry, South Africa; co-chairs Jean-Yves Grosclaude, French Development Agency (AFD), and Shammy Puri, International Association of Hydrogeologists
L-R: Jean-Yves Grosclaude, AFD, and Shammy Puri, International Association of Hydrogeologists
Gangyan Zhou, The Yangtze Water Resources Commission, China
Léna Salamé, UNESCO
How can we bridge the divide between various users whose lives depend on common water resources?
L-R: Jon Martin Trondalen, Compass Foundation / UNESCO; Mauri Cesar Barbosa Pereira, Brazilian Network of Basin Organizations; Siva Thampi, UNESCAP; Peter Van Niekerk, Department of Water Affairs and Forestry, South Africa; Amb. Muhammad Zamir, Bangladesh; Laszlo Kothay, Secretary of State, Hungary and President INBO; Slavko Bodganovic, University of Novi Sad; Ben Van De Wetering, International Commission for the Protection of the Rhine; Frederik Pischke, UN-Water / UNDESA
Natalia Ciobana, Romania, on behalf of the Youth Forum, stressed the importance of including youth as decision makers in transboundary water management.
 
Participants engaged in discussion following the panel sessions.
The need for better management and protection of surface, ground, soil and rain water
L-R: Michael Campana, Oregon State University; Nilgün Harmancioğlu, Dokuz Eylül University; Ari Michelsen, American Water Resources Association; Peter Mulvihill, International Commission of Large Dams; and Muhammad Ashfaq, International Network on Participatory Irrigation Management
Hasan Akyar, State Hydraulic Works, Turkey
Participants engaged in an interactive dialogue with panelists.
Participants during the session.
Water Education and Schools: Bridging Divides for Future Generations
L-R: Richard Meganck, UNESCO; Teddy Tindamanyire, Uganda; Heidi Storsburg, CONAGUA, Mexico; Santa de Yonge, Project for Water Education for Teachers (Project WET); Sabrina Barker, UN Environment Programme; and Hirokazu Miyao, Japan
Participants discussed cultural considerations in water education and water-saving strategies.
The Road Less Travelled (No More)? Summing it all up
Convenors of the thematic sessions during the final wrap-up. L-R: Paul Reiter, International Water Association; Richard Black, BBC, session moderator; Darren Saywell, International Water Association; Sylvain Usher, African Water Association; and Pam Wolfe, Water Environment Federation.
Participants during the session.
Paul Reiter, International Water Association
Bridging the 4th and 5th World Water Forums
Oktay Tabasaran, Secretary General of the 5th World Water Forum, thanked Mexican friends for the help they provided in preparing for the 5th Forum having hosted the 4th World Water Forum in Mexico City, Mexico in 2006.
L-R: Estrellita Fuentes, Mexico, and Oktay Tabasaran, Secretary General, 5th World Water Forum
Green Forum Initiative: Hotel Greening Project: “Green Steps Award” Ceremony
The Green Forum Initiative has worked to reduce the environmental impacts of the 5th World Water Forum through waste-reducing projects and planting one tree for each Forum participant to help offset carbon dioxide emissions. Awards were presented to hotels, which through the Hotel Greening Project, were able to reduce their environmental impact.
L-R: Mehmet Kurtluoglu, Novotel 4 star Green Steps Award winner, and Timur Bayandir, President of TUROB, who presented the award.
Happy Birthday, Nancy!
L-R: Wangu Mwangi, Kenya; Diego Noguera, Colombia; Anna Schulz, United States of America; Leila Mead, United States of America; Nancy Williams, United States of America; Kate Neville, Canada; Alexandra Conliffe, Canada; Claudio Chiarolla, Italy; and Tallash Kantai, Kenya
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