Badung, Bali (ANTARA) - The 10th World Water Forum formulated priorities in the four regions of the Asia-Pacific, Mediterranean, America, and Africa.

Each regional coordinator met at the forum to discuss development and identify priority steps related to the water crisis at the local and regional levels.

"The collaboration is not merely a strong foundation for a sustainable future (water management), but it also plays a crucial role in the success of water management in each region," President of the World Water Council (WWC), Loic Fauchon, stated in Bali on Thursday.

In this session, each regional coordinator shared the results of one year of discussions and disseminated real ideas for overcoming regional water challenges. The forum also provided an understanding of aspects of common water priorities but often differ from one region to another, he added.

Speakers at the session comprised President of the Mediterranean Water Institute (IME) Alain Meyssonnier; the CEO of Sabesp, Benedito Braga; Executive Secretary of the African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW) Rashid Mbaziira; Chair of the Governing Council of the Asia-Pacific Water Forum (APWF) Changhua Wu; and Eelco Van Beek from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

According to Fauchon, all regional process sessions must be utilized optimally to collaborate and find the best solutions to overcome water problems, such as addressing water issues in each area as well as between related areas.

The 10th World Water Forum produced several Ministerial Declaration points that have been ratified. Some 106 countries and 27 international organizations attended the declaration.

First, the establishment of a Center of Excellence for Water and Climate Security to develop capacity and utilize superior facilities.

Second, the Minister's Declaration to raise and encourage the management of integrated water resources on small islands. Although Indonesia is surrounded by vast waters, the country still needs a good management system to address the issue of clean water quality and availability.

The third, proposing the designation of World Lakes Day. Lakes are a source of water supply supporting humans along with its social and economic functions for society.

The commemoration of World Lakes Day is not just symbolic but it is also one of the main keys to preserving all lakes in the world.

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