A world where everyone values and accepts their responsibilities regarding the conservation and wise use of the resources and functions of freshwater ecosystems; where benefits for humanity are optimized while ensuring that there will be no loss or degradation of the resources, functions and biodiversity of these ecosystems.
This is the vision developed last June in San José, Costa Rica, at the workshop on Freshwater and Environmental Security.
Participants from different regions of the world joined in to define basic knowledge on freshwater ecosystems management and environmental security.
This workshop was the third in a series of consultations being held to develop the "Vision of Water and Development" and learn how freshwater and ecosystem management affect social, economic and environmental security.
Previous workshops focused on Management of Freshwater Ecosystems and Social Security (Harare, Zimbabwe, April 13-15, 1999) and Management of Freshwater Ecosystems and Economic Security (Bangkok, Thailand, June 9-11, 1999.)
The Costa Rica workshop also provided mechanisms for strengthening ties between water management stakeholders in Central America, with the participation of the Central American Commission on Environment and Development (Comisión Centroamericana de Ambiente y Desarrollo - CCAD), the Central American Integration System (Sistema de Integración Centroamericana - SG-SICA), the Regional Committee on Hydraulic Resources (Comité Regional de Recursos Hidráulicos - CRRH) and the Center for the Prevention of Disaster in Central America (Centro para la Prevención de Desastres en América Central - CEPREDENAC).
Workshop activities included the identification of challenges, principles and strategies that should be incorporated in the development of the the Vision for Water and Nature.
Principles of the Vision for Water and Nature
Implementation strategies for the project include the following:
The first draft of a document for discussion on the Vision for Water and Nature has been prepared and can be found at: http://www.waterandnature.org
Water and Nature IUCN-Canada Office