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Getting the Best Out of Water Relief Actions: Case Studies and the Legal Basis


Availability and access to safe drinking water and sanitation goes under severe threat at times of war. In principle, the international humanitarian law prohibits damaging water facilities during war. Unfortunately, the principles alone are not enough to refrain parties to the conflict from attacking densely populated areas indiscriminately or unlawfully, targeting civilians and water infrastructures. The international humanitarian law provides several conventions and customs for the protection of critical water infrastructure. Yet, effective implementation of the legal tools is contingent upon the international community’s enforcement capacity.

If protecting water facilities through legal means constitute one side of the coin in water management during conflicts, the other side is ensuring water services for the refugees and internally displaced people. It is estimated that around 65 million people are displaced by armed conflicts and only quarter of them are living in refugee camps, whereas the majority is hosted in towns and villages. Meeting the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) needs of all these people effectively requires endless effort from local, national and international organizations. Thus, the challenges encountered in WASH operations should be assessed and responses should be developed thoroughly.

The aim of this session is to assess the adequacy of legal instruments in providing protection of water facilities in times of armed conflicts and to examine good practices and lessons learnt in relief actions undertaken by several WASH institutions.

Thursday, 11 May 2017 09:00 - 10:45 Anadolu Hall


Moderator:
Doğan ALTINBİLEK Vice President, World Water Council (WWC)

Panelists:
Akif ÖZKALDI Undersecretary, Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs of the Republic of Turkey
Ayhan IŞIK Leader of Spatial Planning Group, Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD)
Jean LEPAGUE Senior WASH Advisor, Action Against Hunger (ACF-France)
Mara TIGNINO Coordinator of the Platform for International Water Law, the Geneva Water Hub
Murray BURT Senior WASH Officer, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

PROGRAM DETAILS

THEMATIC SESSIONS

10th MAY - WEDNESDAY

09:00-10:00
Registration
10:00-12.30
Opening Session
12.45-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-15:45
Plenary Session: Water for Peace
15:45-16:00 Coffee Break
16:00-17:45
Panel 2. Implementing and Monitoring Water-related SDGs in Turbulent Times and Areas



SIDE EVENTS

Hall: Dolmabahçe-A Hall: Dolmabahçe-C Hall: Dolmabahçe-B

10th MAY - WEDNESDAY

09:00-10:00
Registiration
10:00-12.30
Opening
12.45-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-15:45
Urban Water Management in Istanbul - ISKI
15:45-16:00 Coffee Break
16:00-17:45
More than a Dam: Ilısu carries through Hasankeyf’s Cultural Heritage over the Future - DSİ
Wastewater Management in Turkey - ÇŞB