19-20 April 2006, Davos

The workshop that UNEP FI will be convening jointly with the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and the UNEP Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-Based Activities (UNEP GPA), is inviting financial institutions, policy makers and experts within the water arena to contribute their expertise in developing a set of risk management guidelines. These guidelines are intended to serve as a basis to build capacities in the financial sector and at policy level into what and how should water related risks be assessed, thus encouraging new sources of long term sustainable investments in the sector.


The main objectives of the workshop are founded on the need to learn and expand on the obstacles to investments in the water sector. Such investments could provide a window of opportunity for private sector participation that can ultimately reduce water-related risks and increases access to water in developing countries.
  • Identify main risks to investors in the water sector.
  • Identify potential role of financial institutions in risk mitigation and management.
  • Identify a regulatory framework that can reduce sovereign risks in the sector.
  • Identify a regulatory framework at domestic level that can boost investments into the sector.