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The World Water Council (WWC), France CP

The World Water Council is the International Water Policy Think Tank dedicated to strengthening the world water movement for an improved management of the world's water resources. The World Water Council was established in Marseilles, France, in 1996 as a non-profit non-governmental umbrella organization. The missions of the World Water Council are to promote awareness and build political commitment on critical water issues at all levels, including the highest decision-making level, to facilitate the efficient conservation, protection, development, planning, management and use of water in all its dimensions on an environmentally sustainable basis for the benefit of all life on earth.

Its specific objectives are:
- To identify critical water issues of local, regional and global importance on the basis of ongoing assessments on the state of world water;
- To raise awareness of critical water issues at all levels of decision making;
- To provide the platform to arrive at a common strategic vision on integrated water resources management on a sustainable basis, and to promote the implementation of effective policies and strategies worldwide;
- To provide advice and relevant information to institutions and decision-makers on the development and implementation of comprehensive policies and strategies for sustainable water resources management, with due respect for the environment, and social and gender equity;
- To contribute to the resolution of issues related to transboundary waters.

To fulfill its missions and objectives, the World Water Council relies on a diversified and active network of members to which it serves as a platform of exchange and discussion through various tools and activities. Amongst those is the World Water Forum which, accompanied by a Ministerial Conference, is a major water event organised every three years in close collaboration with the authorities of the hosting country.
The World Water Council's other activities include organising and sponsoring major international and regional conferences and awareness-raising events, jointly publishing reviews and articles, participating in the establishment of dialogues on cross-sector issues, facilitating the creations of commissions and expert panels to bring forward constructive solutions on key issues and influencing policy water change.

In the ASEM Coordination Action, the World Water Council is interested in Objective 5 “Water Governance and the Subsidiary Principle”. Related to the Word Water Forum, the Council is monitoring the Follow-up given by Countries to their commitments. It has also set up a World data base on water actions describing several thousands of actions taking place all over the World to meet the challenges of a sustainable management of water resources. Based on this data base, it is now launching a project aiming at analyzing water policies and assessing the way they are implemented all over the world. The network of the Coordination Action will be associated to this analysis and will be specifically requested to provide guidance to develop a framework for analysis of water policies relevant to ASEM countries.

Daniel Zimmer has a background in Agricultural Engineering. He graduated from the French “Institut National d’Agronomique” in Paris and completed a PhD on drainage systems functioning and impact in University Paris VI. He has spent a great part of his career at the Cemagref, the French Agricultural and Environmental Engineering Research Centre. In this Centre, he started as a researcher and soon became Head of a Research Unit dealing with the impacts of drainage systems on flow regimes and water quality, with salinity management in irrigated systems and with combined drainage and lining systems for landfills. He then became Deputy Head of the Department on Water and Environmental Engineering, where he was in charge of supervising and guiding research of several research teams dealing with agricultural water management, waste management, water supply and sanitation, prevention of risks in mountainous areas, management of public services.

Parallel to that, D.Zimmer has gained great experience at the international level on agricultural water management. He has been the Chairman of the Working Group on Drainage of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) for 8 years. He also participated in R&D projects in several countries including Tanzania, China, Uzbekistan and North Africa among others. In all these projects, the links between research and development has been one of his constant preoccupations.

After these 15 years at the Cemagref, with a great interest for the work in multicultural and multidisciplinary projects and with good experience in human resources management, D. Zimmer currently occupies the position of Executive Director of the World Water Council in Marseilles, convinced of the drawbacks of the fragmentation of the water sector and of the need for new institutions to unify it. Used to controversies, for instance on the impacts of drainage on the environment, he knows the importance of dialogue among stakeholders and of collective expertise that allow critical issues that need particular attention to be identified in order to progress.