The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

The Netherlands

Two cities - One Region - One Resilience Ambition

Both Dutch cities of The Hague and Rotterdam are part of the 100 Resilient Cities network. As part of a larger Metropolitan Region, both cities have embraced the fact that an integrated approach towards resilience can produce more effective and efficient results. From coast to quay, this region continues to pursue an ambition of climate-resilience on geographical, economic and political levels.

You are invited to join in and as speakers share their thoughts on joint-initiatives between cities to improve regional resilience. Read More...

Transition Towards Sustainable Delta Cities

In light of the upcoming Habitat III conference at Quito, Ecuador, The Government of the Netherlands as outgoing chair of the Delta Coalition together with the City of Beira and the knowledge network Delta Alliance are pleased to invite you to their network event “Transition towards Sustainable Delta Cities” on Wednesday the 19th of October 2016 from 14:00 pm – 16:00 pm in room MR19 at the venue of the Habitat III conference, Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana “Benjamin Carrion”.

During this challenging network event the aim is to build networks and make the next steps on concrete actions, innovations, proposals and research, hereby building on the results obtained at the Sustainable Urban Deltas Conference, which was held in Rotterdam (May 2016). These results were presented to the ministerial round table of the Delta Coalition and resulted in the adoption of a ministerial declaration and a call for action.

Furthermore, best practices will be presented, all of which will focus on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development on local scale in Delta cities. The event will bring together national and local governments, the private sector, research organizations and civil society around an (local) action agenda of innovative solutions for challenges in delta cities. Read More...

Financing climate change adaptation in transboundary basins

You are cordially invited to the global workshop on “Financing climate change adaptation in transboundary basins” which will be held on 13-14 September 2016 in Geneva, back-to-back with the 8th meeting of the Task Force on Water and Climate on 15 September. The workshop is organized in the framework of the UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) and under the leadership of the Governments of the Netherlands and Switzerland, in cooperation with several international partners, such as the World Bank Group, AGWA, IUCN and WMO.

In light of the outcomes of COP21 and in view of the upcoming COP22 in Morocco, the workshop aims to facilitate implementation and financing of basin-wide adaptation - from strategies and plans to concrete measures - while considering differences in transboundary basins’ governance, administrative structure and mandate. It will also consider the current global climate finance infrastructure, barriers and challenges in accessing climate finance for water and discuss how to ensure transboundary aspects are taken into account in national and local projects, where relevant. Private sector and innovative finance mechanisms will also be considered and AGWA’s work on green bonds and CRIDA will be presented. Read More...

The Value of Groundwater Symposium

The International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) Netherlands’ Chapter, the Netherlands Hydrological Society and VVM, together with KWR Water, Deltares and IHP Belgium, are organizing a symposium on The Value of Groundwater (in Dutch), on 23 September 2015 in Nieuwegein (NL). Very interesting speakers and free registration for members! Read More...