4th World Water Forum, Mexico, 2006

Targeting, Monitoring and Implementation Assessment

Reference point for discussion from the beacons

In order to better manage our water resources we need to understand the nature of the resource itself, the uses to which it is put, the critical problems we face and the ways in which the resource is managed. Thus the need for objective assessments. Moreover we must make assessments of the water situation within the much broader contexts of economic, social and cultural realities at the global, regional and national levels. Making these essential assessments within their particular contexts will allow more rational management decisions to be made.

Monitoring is a critical component of planning and action. Monitoring change in situations over time is necessary to gauge the effectiveness of interventions and measure the impact of policy reforms and investment at national and sub-national levels. Monitoring is also critical to compare needs and prioritize action among countries at the international level, which implies a need for standardized approaches, data, and methods of information gathering. And at all levels, civil society’s most powerful advocacy tool is accurate information, the end product of reliable assessment and monitoring efforts.

Setting targets is critically important to focus the attention of the world on significant issues besetting humanity and to provide incentives for essential action. Targets should be set from global to local scales to engage society at all levels. Governments, institutions and individuals must have goals to encourage action. In this respect, it should be stressed that the MDGs, defined at the global level, still need to percolate down and be translated into targets that make sense at the local level.


Key messages from the Voices of the Forum

  • Monitoring progress toward the MDGs
  • Balancing demands for agriculture and the environment
  • Payment for environmental services
  • Monitoring, global sharing for local access, Hydro-meteorological data as a basis

Sessions synthesis

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FT1.30

Assessment of policy intervention in the water sector
FT2.04

Shared vision models
FT2.07

IWRM in national plans 1
FT2.19

IWRM in national plans 2
FT2.20

IWRM in national plans 3
FT3.14

Accelerating progress toward millenium development target 10: what will it take?
FT3.20

Monitoring and targeting drinking water supply and sanitation
FT3.50

Monitoring session 2: The way forward for MDG country level monitoring
FT4.22

Approaches and challenges to creating appropriate and cost-effective mechanisms for measuring and monitoring watershed services for ecosystem markets at all scales
FT4.23

Virtual water in the Arab region
FT4.37

Assessing livelihood and environmental trade-offs and synergies for water management in agriculture
FT5.13

Development and implementation of water information system
FT5.18

Space-based observations: Alliances for providing essential information for managing the world’s water resources
FT5.29

Water resources information systems