The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

  • Climate change manifests itself most powerfully within the water cycle
  • Water is a connector, not a sector, and offers many solutions
  • Failure to address the relationship between water and climate puts our future in jeopardy
Key Messages Behind #ClimateIsWater
Why support the campaign?
The impacts of climate change are most often felt through changes in water
  • The human, social, economic, and environmental impacts of climate change occur primarily through changes in water, dramatically impacting its quality, quantity, and through disasters.
  • Systematically addressing water issues is key to adaptation.
  • Water is critical for successful climate change mitigation, as many efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions depend on reliable access to water resources.
  • Decisions made today will set the trajectory for the next generation. Strategies to respond to a range of possible futures are needed.
How can water make an impact?
Water is a connector, not a sector, and it offers solutions
  • To meet the climate challenge we must strengthen multi-stakeholder collaboration across all sectors. Water connects policy areas, economic sectors, and societies and is therefore a tool for cooperation and for building trust.
  • Water flows within basins regardless of borders and needs to be managed in an integrated manner.
  • Resilience to climate change requires adaptive water management and robust water infrastructure. People most at risk need strengthened resilience to help withstand the impacts of climate change.
  • Investment in water and restoring water-related ecosystems provides significant economic, social and environmental opportunities.
A call to action!
Failure to address the relationship between water and climate puts our future in jeopardy
  • Actors across sectors must systematically integrate water resources management into their climate adaptation and mitigation strategies, ensuring efforts are aligned with SDG implementation strategies.
  • The Paris agreement must provide entry points for integrating water in the future climate architecture, including in the design of the UNFCCC programmes and mechanisms.
  • Integration of the water and climate agendas would improve cost effectiveness and therefore support financial commitments to create resilient societies and secure ecosystems.
  • The water community offers holistic expertise that can support strategies to tackle climate change.
An International Initiative
The collective effort that is represented by #ClimateIsWater emerged from the determination of various members of the international water community to join forces in order to elevate the visibility for water within the climate change discussions during COP21 and beyond.

As currently water does not figure in the official agenda in a prominent way despite the fact that all impacts of climate variability and change are manifested through, by and with water – we need to act to bring attention to this issue both now and in the future.

Many international organizations representing thousands of stakeholders have come together to generate recognition for water at the political level during COP21 and in subsequent editions by communicating with a single voice:
Climate Is Water.

Climate and Water converge on 2 December
This initiative will organize an unofficial “Water Day” in the civil society space of the Le Bourget site in order to increase the visibility for water and create greater political awareness for how water can provide solutions for some of the challenges that climate change poses. This initiative targets the general public, as well as non-state actors and decision makers through conferences, events, and a special Press event. The main events will be held in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium from 11:00-14:00.

The 2nd of December was chosen to be in coherence with the “Resilience Day” of the official COP21 program, during which water will be discussed in the morning with high-level government officials through the presentation of four dedicated commitments by river basin organizations, cities, youth, and the business community on water and climate change as part of the Lima to Paris Action Agenda.

#ClimateIsWater consists of:
  • An unofficial Water Day in the civil society space of COP21
  • Various events in both the official and civil society areas of COP21 and offsite
  • A common visual identity and hashtag to federate these events
  • Shared messaging about the connection between water and climate issues
  • A centralized calendar of water-related events organized in conjunction with COP21 on AGWA's website:
  • An ongoing call for inclusion of water in the COP agendas and implementation plans

Join the initiative!
  • Adopt our logo and slogan for all your COP21 water-related events and communications.
  • Post tweets, photos, and videos to #ClimateIsWater along with #CoP21 and other social media outlets.
  • Attend water and climate events, especially on 2 December and inform us of your own events and initiatives on water and climate
  • Communicate through your networks and media contacts and share the information about our goals and messages so that others can join too.

Together, let's spread the word that #ClimateIsWater!

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You can view or download the #ClimateIsWater brochure here.
How to Join the Initiative
Any organization with an event or initiative directly related to water and climate change can apply to become part of the #ClimateIsWater Initiative. Please read through the #ClimateIsWater Logo Use Charter document and contact to find out how your organization can become an official partner in this campaign.