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The Blue Passport at the 17th International River Symposium (Canberra, 15-18 September 2014)

05 October 2014

Jean-François Donzier presents the Blue Passport during the 17th International River Symposium in Canberra (18 September 2014)Jean-François Donzier presenting the Blue Passport during the 17th International River Symposium.

Since 1998, the International River Symposium provides a platform for river managers, policy developers, scientists, consultants, NGO’s and community organizations to share knowledge and innovative ideas on all aspects of river and water management.

During the closing speech of the 17th Symposium, organized in Canberra (Australia) on 15-18 September 2014, Jean-François DONZIER, General Secretary of the INBO (International Network of Basin Organizations), stressed the need to change our approach to the river basin management. He emphasized the importance of participatory processes and the involvement of all stakeholders of the water sector.

During his speech, Mr DONZIER also presented the Blue Passport, a tool designed by the ISW to help acknowledge citizens' involvement for water.

Concluding his presentation, Mr DONZIER handed over such Passports to several representatives of different basin authorities who were present during the symposium:

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Now available: ISW/SWE 2013 activity report

05 October 2014

Front page of ISW 2013 activity report

You can now download the annual report covering the activities of the International Secretariat for Water in 2013.

For the first time, the report covers the ISW projects but also those of our co-organization Solidarity Water Europe (SWE). You can discover the results of actions we took last year from our three main programs: advocacy/awareness, youth and field projects.

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Towards a participatory and sustainable governance of the Great Lakes, the Saint Lawrence river and its Gulf

21 September 2014

From Chicago... to Baie-Saint-Paul

Map of the Great Lakes basin

The idea for the "Great Cities, Great Lakes, Great Basin" exhibition came with the merging of two visions: that of architectural and engineering firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), supported by the Chicago Architecture Foundation, and that of the International Secretariat for Water (ISW) and its partners.

There is an urgent need, according to SOM, to develop urban and territorial planning that will protect the environment and reinvigorate the economy throughout the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence river basin. The ISW places importance on involving the basiners, while contributing to the Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Symphony , so that we can truly go "from solitudes to rallying".

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