The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Asia

Resilient Hindu Kush Himalaya

The Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) sources of 10 major river systems in Asia that provide water, ecosystem services, and livelihoods to more than 210 million people. The region holds and distributes water for more than 1.3 billion people—a fifth of the world’s population—living in downstream river basins.

Climate change and other drivers of change in the HKH have already begun to impact ecosystems and communities and often manifest in communities through an increasing vulnerability and exposure to natural disasters such as floods, droughts, and landslides. There is a need to strengthen approaches for building resilience in the mountains, as resilience is required for achieving many of the SDGs, and neglecting mountain resilience will inevitably lead to sustainability challenges in the plains.

To address these issues, and others, ICIMOD jointly with the Government of Nepal’s Ministry of Population and Environment and with support from the European Union, is organizing an international conference entitled, “Resilient Hindu Kush Himalaya: Developing Solutions towards a Sustainable Future for Asia.”
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Asia International Water Week

The Asia International Water Week (AIWW) is a triennial water gathering to share tangible implementation for resolving Asian water problems. The Asia Water Council in collaboration with the authorities of host country and host city organizes the event. Asian water problems discussed three years prior to the AIWW through the preparatory process will be raised as the primary issues in the Asian water community and will be disseminated to the global water community with action plans to solve them.
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Water Security and Climate Change: Challenges and Opportunities in Asia

During the XVI World Water Congress in Cancun, there will be a special session addressing water security and climate change in Asia. The session will present the main outcomes of the conference “Water Security and Climate Change (WSCC) – Challenges and Opportunities for Asia” that was attended by over 150 scientists from Asia in November 2016. It will also feature selected presentations that were appreciated by the participants. A key component will be group discussions on the relevance of the science agenda for SDGs and Paris Agreement implementation. The outcome of the session will be a report with best practice examples on "solution based research" and "future research demand and formats". It is being hosted by The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in association with DAAD exceed centres CNRD at Technische Hochschule Köln, Germany and SWINDON at Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany.
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