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10/09/2015
For the first time, successful experiences in water resource management and mobilization for water precautions are the recipients of the United Nation’s (UN) Water for Life Award will come together to share information and results. The event will take place in Foz do Iguaçu from September 15 to 17.
 
The “Encounter of pioneering and innovative social initiatives in water management – Creating a Global Network” will be attended by representatives from 20 countries, as well as UN authorities and other international organizations. The event is expected to result in the creation of a global network of best practices in water management. 
 
Created in 2010 to foster initiatives in line with the objectives established in documents such as Millennium Goals and Agenda 21, which can ensure the long-term sustainable management of water resources to support the actions of the UN’s Decade Water for Life (2005-2015), the Water for Life award recognizes the world’s best practices in water management. According to a different theme every year, the award emphasizes a specific aspect in regard to water. 
 
Since 2011, UN-Water has awarded initiatives in India, Singapore, Japan, Bolivia, South Africa, Moldova, the Philippines and Brazil, in two categories: best practices in water management and best practices in participation, communication, raising awareness and education. 
 
In 2015, the winner of category 1 was the Cultivating Good water program (CAB) developed by Itaipu Binational and partners from 29 municipalities in the Paraná Basin 3 (BP3).
 
Participants included the Vice-President of UN-Water, Blanca Jiménez-Cinseros, the director of the UN’s Decade Water for Life, Josefina Maestu, honorary president of the Women for Water Partnership, Alice Bouman-Dentener, director of the Ecodes Foundation, Víctor Viñuales, the general directors of Itaipu, Jorge Samek (Brazil) and James Spalding (Paraguay), the president of the National Water Agency, Vicente Andreu Guillo, as well as representatives of Water for Life recipients.
 
Schedule
 
The event will begin with a technical visit to the projects that make up the CAB in several municipalities of the BP3 on September 15. On Wednesday (September 16), winners of the Water for Life award from 2011 to 2015 will be presented. In addition to invited authorities, people involved in the CAB’s environmental education initiatives from all 29 municipalities of the BP3 will also participate. The event will proceed with workshops aimed at formatting and defining how the global best practices network will operate. For a complete schedule visit www.cultivandoaguaboa.com.br.
 
The CAB
 
The Cultivating Good Water project combines a set of different socioenvironmental initiatives. Each municipality has a management committee, with strong representation by the local population, one of the main characteristics of the CAB.  The program is based on the integrated management of drainage basins and acts by basin, sub-basin and micro-basin and aims at ensuring the quantity and quality of water as well as the sustainability of the land, with a holistic view of man’s relationship with his environment.
 
After more than a decade since its implementation in the BP3 (an area with approximately 1 million inhabitants and 800,000 hectares), the program is already well advanced in approximately 30% of the area, resulting in 206 micro-basins currently under recovery.
 
Water for Life recipients
2015
5th Edition:  Water and sustainable development
Category 1: Cultivating Good Water, Itaipu-Brasil
Category 2: Social arts for community mobilization and safe access to water, India
                     Water Action Project, Eco-Schools, South Africa
2014
4th Edition:  Water and Energy
Category 1: IWMI-Tata Water Policies Program, India
Category 2: NEWater Program, Singapore
 
2013
3rd Edition:  Cooperation on water
Category 1: Groundwater management using natural systems from Kumamoto, Japan
Category 2: Water and sanitation for all areas of the Republic of Moldova
2012
2nd Edition:  Water and food safety.
Category 1: Protecting the Lakes of Bangalore for posterity: establishing a legal precedent for the conservation of lakes as common goods
Category 2: Communication strategy for social and behavioral change in promoting three key practices and the proper use of services in 4 municipalities of the Department of Cochabamba, Bolivia. 
2011
1st Edition:  Managing urban waters
Category 1: Bringing the Las Pinas – Zapote River system in the Philippines back to life
Category 2: A participatory approach to learning and raising public awareness in the areas of water and sanitation, Durban, eThekwini Municipality