News.Aug 20, 2019

Source-to-Sea in focus at World Water Week!

Mark your calendars to join us at the 2019 World Water Week in Stockholm, August where platform members will be convening three events on Tuesday August 27, including a High Level Panel on Bringing Together Oceans and Freshwater. We will also hold the S2S Platform Partners on August 28th. Read more about all the events here, and go to to register.

High-level panel on bringing together oceans and freshwater

Tuesday 27 August 2019 | 14:00-15:30 | World Water Week in Stockholm

The Panel of high-level representatives of multi-lateral institutions, private sector, government and NGOs will highlight how strengthening implementation of source-to-sea management supports efforts to address land-based pollution, bolster resource security and advance inclusive development. They will discuss the benefits of improving the coordination across the source-to-sea system, consider the constraints to coordination between sectors and propose practical steps for achieving source-to-sea management. Speakers and panelists include: Hon. Isabella Lövin, Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden, Minister of Environment and Climate; H.E. Peter Thomson, UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean; Dr Jackie King, 2019 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate; Dr Jakob Granit, Director-General, Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management; Vidar Helgesen, Special Envoy to the High-level Panel on Building a Sustainable Ocean Economy, Norway; Martha Rojas-Urrego, Secretary General, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands; Dr Xavier Jayakumar, Minister of Water, Land and Natural Resources, Malaysia; Dr Monika Weber-Fahr, Executive Secretary, Global Water Partnership; Shabana Abbas, President, Water Youth Network; Bai-Mass Taal, Special Adviser to the 9th World Water Forum and Torgny Holmgren, Executive Director, SIWI.


Source-to-sea management: getting it on the ground

Tuesday 27 August | 16:00-16:45 | Room: M1

Practitioners will share lessons learned from addressing global challenges through a holistic approach that links land, freshwater, deltas, coastal and marine systems. They will provide expert guidance to audience members on how to apply source-to-sea management within their own context and will look to the future of source-to-sea management. This interactive event will focus on answering implementation questions pertinent to freshwater and marine professionals, practitioners, policy makers, private sector, financiers and those generally interested in new approaches to resource management.


Preventing plastics in our waters: more than banning straws

Tuesday 27 August | 11:00-12:30 | Room: L10

This event takes an in depth look at how the source-to-sea methodology has been employed to drive action to stem the flows of plastics into our waters. Drawing examples from Africa, Asia and Europe, panellists will discuss challenges and opportunities of applying the source-to-sea approach and how its stakeholder focus has been used to work across and connect sectors. The event will discuss how experiences with plastics can be applied in the implementation of source-to-sea approaches to address other local-to-global issues.


Innovative Plastic Leakage Action: From Source-to-Sea

Tuesday 27 August | 17:00-17:45 | Room: L7

We depend on plastics. Now we are drowning in them. As plastics leak into our waterways, rivers become conveyor belts, transporting plastic into our oceans. Plastic pollution is taking its toll on the environment, the economy and people. Tackling the problem requires working on multiple SDGs and provides an opportunity to accelerate the transition to a circular economy.


Source-to-Sea Mingle
Tuesday 27 August | 18:00 | Booth: B05 – UNDP Cap-Net

Join us for a mingle where you can meet S2S platform partners, learn more about our newly launched publications and find out how you can be involved.

S2S Platform Partners Meeting
Wednesday 28 August | 9:00-11:00 | Room: 10

Please join us for the S2S Platform Partners meeting on Wednesday August 28 at 9:00-11:00 in Room 10 at the World Water Week venue. We also welcome those interested in participating in new working groups to join for kick off meetings that will take place at 11:00 immediately following the partners meeting. Two working groups will focus on emerging pollutants; and the production of a source-to-sea special issue in a scientific journal.


Additional Source-to-Sea Events at World Water Week

Sustaining Water for Ecosystems and Society: Innovative Environmental Flows Approaches
Sunday 25 August | 16.00 – 17.30 | Room: L12

Changes in water availability in river catchments impact riverine and estuarine ecosystem services and hence societies. This session will interactively explore innovative methods that may improve the development of sustainable water resources management strategies for ecosystems and societies in river catchments and river deltas, using environmental flows as guiding principle.


HYPEweb: open tool for world-wide hydrological predictions
Sunday 25 August – Thursday 29 August | 9.00 – 18.00 | Exhibition floor Booth E01

The interactive website ‘’ offers open data, knowledge and visualization of global water resources (historical predictions, forecasts and climate-change impacts), and includes a Source-To-Sea showcase in the Baltic Sea. In the booth you will meet with our experts, who can explain the computational system and ICT behind the data, based on the HYPE model, which calculates daily water balance, river flow, and water variables at the catchment scale for the total landmass of Earth.


Locking Carbon in a Water Vault: Wetlands as Ecosystem-Based Mitigation
Thursday 29 August | 14.00 – 15.30 | Room: L11

Despite their high carbon storage capacity, few countries address the role of wetlands for reaching climate goals in their NDCs. We explore ways that national and global policies can connect climate goals and the conservation and management of healthy wetlands systems.