I realize I run the risk of losing readers by using the word 'nexus', one of the most overused words in my professional constellation. I thought about 'concatenation' but decided that word was best eschewed. So you're stuck with yet another nexus.
One of the many great things to emerge from the recent AWRA IWRM Conference in Reno is that the three special sessions on the IWRM (Integrated Water Resources Management) - WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) Nexus produced serendipitous synergy. The remarkable group of participants engaged in spirited discussion and decided to designate a working group on IWRM-WASH to 'move things forward'.
Members of the group include John Akudago of Samaritan's Purse; Colleen Sorto of Conservation International; Paul Hicks of Catholic Relief Services; Braimah Apambire of the Desert Research Institute; and yours truly.
Colleen sent along some documents for us to peruse and perhaps use as templates. Each dealt with biodiversity and freshwater ecosystem conservation and WASH.
1) A recent statement on WASH and Freshwater Ecosystem Conservation
Development and conservation organizations
have a vested interest in promoting policies, plans and projects that integrate access to water supply and sanitation with the
conservation and sustainable management of freshwater resources.
Healthy freshwater ecosystems provide the basis for water supply, flood control and numerous other services on which millions depend for human health and well-being. Promoting integrated approaches to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and freshwater conservation is a critical need and is essential to meeting both human and ecosystem protection goals.
Our organizations support the theory of change that not only do freshwater conservation and WASH development efforts reinforce each other, but they are mutually dependent upon each other in order to succeed.
2) A 2012 white paper summary, Linking Biodiversity Conservation and Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene: Experiences from sub-Saharan Africa
Finally, John Akudago and his colleagues Clifford Toussaint and Jean Anthony Jean kindly sent me their PPT from the recent conference:
I'm excited and anxious to see where we can take this IWRM-WASH thing. Comments and thoughts are welcomed - please!
"Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; staying together is success. " - Henry Ford