The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

International Summit of the Great Rivers of the World: "Taking Action for Water and Climate"

The Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea is organizing the International Summit on "Water and Climate ; Meeting of the Great Rivers of the World", from 23 to 25 October 2017 in Rome. This international summit is organized in partnership with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO), the Global Alliances for Water and Climate (GAfWC) and Aquamadre.

This Summit is a milestone for the preparation of the Bonn COP 23 (6-17 November 2017) and the Brasilia World Water Forum (18-23 March 2018). Its goal is to further integrate freshwater management issues into the top priorities of the international negotiations on climate change and of the Global Climate Action Agenda. It will especially focus on the need for quick action to finance projects to improve knowledge, governance, public participation and take immediate measures for water adaptation to climate change.

When: 23-25 October
Where: Capitoline Palace; Rome, Italy
How to Register: Click here to register. Please register by the end of September.

The summit will be a unique occasion to match project proposals to financing opportunities and to foster experience sharing between great river basin organizations, local, national and regional administrations in charge of climate change adaptation policies and water resources management, economical sectors, bilateral and multilateral donors and other international institutions interested in adaptation to climate change and in basin management (UN Agencies, Secretariat of the UNFCCC, etc.).

The work of the Summit will be organized around four major topics, which will be presented in high-level panels and widely discussed among participants:
  • Acquisition and sharing of knowledge on the impact of climate change on water resources: Creation and strengthening of monitoring networks and Water Information Systems, launching of new structuring projects, on Monday 23 October in the afternoon;
  • Nature-based solutions: Water resources and aquatic ecosystems management in a changing climate: examples of good practice, presentation of pilot experiences, strategies and support for new projects, on Tuesday 24 October in the morning;
  • Public participation and involvement of the economic sectors and local authorities for adaptation to climate change in basins, successful partnerships and future joint actions, on Tuesday 24 October in the afternoon;
  • Financial mechanisms for adaptation to climate change in the water sector, incubation of new projects to improve governance and the funding of actions, on Wednesday 25 October in the morning, before the closing ceremony.

You are invited to come and present your actions for water and climate and to participate in the debates.