The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

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9th Meeting of UNECE Task Force on Water and Climate

The Task Force on Water and Climate under the Water Convention is responsible for activities related to adaptation to climate change in transboundary basins, including flood and drought management, in accordance with the programme of work for 2016-2018 of the Water Convention.

The ninth meeting of the Task Force on Water and Climate aims to discuss, plan and provide guidance to the implementation of the activities on water and climate under the programme of work for 2016-2018 of the Water Convention as well as to discuss future activities in this framework.
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International Workshop on Water Scarcity: Taking action in transboundary basins and reducing health impacts

Water scarcity is of growing concern in many parts of the world. Population growth, urbanization, increased demands in irrigated agriculture and inadequate water management are important determinants of water scarcity, accelerated by the effects of climate change which result in an increase in the frequency and intensity of droughts. Today, already about 2 billion people are living in water stressed areas. By 2025, half of the world’s population is expected to do so.

The workshop aims to accelerate actions to address water scarcity and thereby reduce the related health, social, economic and environmental risks, by sharing practical solutions, in particular from the perspective of transboundary water cooperation and health impacts. It will review measures to prevent scarcity and mitigate its consequences taken in transboundary basins and at national level, identify good practices and lessons learned and formulate some conclusions for further activities.
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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.
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UNECE Global Workshop on Water Allocation

Water allocation, which is the allocation over time of water resources between and within different sectors and for different uses, is one of the biggest challenges in water management and protection. Increasing demands on water from different sectors, growing water scarcity and climate variability have led to a rising global interest to the topic of water allocation.

The global workshop on water allocation in transboundary basins will be organized in the Palais des Nations in Geneva on 16 and 17 October 2017. It will be followed by the fifth meeting of the Task Force on the Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystems Nexus (18 October 2017).
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SDG 6 Global Indicators - Transboundary Cooperation

This week UNECE and UNESCO will be holding technical webinars on SDG indicator 6.5.2 “Proportion of transboundary basin area with an operational arrangement for water cooperation.” The webinars will explain the rationale behind indicator 6.5.2 and the methodology for monitoring it, and participants will have the opportunity to pose any questions they may have. They are expected to be particularly useful for the national administrations who are responsible for reporting on indicator 6.5.2.

The webinars are offered as part of the 2017 baseline process of the UN-Water Integrated Monitoring Initiative for SDG 6. They'll be offered in three languages (see below).
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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...

Climate change adaptation in basins: examples and good practices

This WWF7 Thematic Session (1.3.6) focuses the effects of climate change from a basin-wide perspective. Examples of basins working on climate change adaptation are provided, including work supported by the UNECE Water Convention and INBO, IUCN, and others. It culminates in a collection of lessons learned and good practices in transboundary basin management.

Date: Monday, April 13
Time: 17:00-19:00 (GMT +09:00)
Venue: EXCO (building) – third floor
Room DEC_310 (Room 324)
Daegu, South Korea
http://eng.worldwaterforum7.org/program/program.asp?program_seq=531

Coordinator: United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
Co-Coordinator: International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO), Wageningen University, AGWA

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Wise Water Management: Fundamental for Mitigation & Adaptation and a New Climate Deal

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The side event will aim to build recognition of the links between climate adaptation, mitigation and resilience, while focusing on water resource management as an essential denominator for integrated strategies.

Date: Wednesday, December 10
Time: 11:30-13:00
Venue: Room Caral (130)

ORGANISERS
Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), France (French Ministry of Foreign Affairs), UNESCO-IHP, and Leadership for Environment and Development, Pakistan (LEAD)

CO-ORGANISERS
Sweden, the French Water Partnership (FWP) the Global Water Partnership (GWP), the National Water Authority of Peru (ANA), Servicio National de Meterología e Hidrología del Peru (SENAMHI), International Water Association (IWA), Conservation International (CI), Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA), National Water Commission Mexico (Conagua) and United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
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Watercourse Lessons for Mitigation and Adaptation: Towards a Climate Deal

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This side event will showcase the critical role water plays in both the adaptation and mitigation of climate change, including as a link between these efforts.

Date: Saturday, December 6 Time: 13:00-15:00
Venue: Room 68, European Pavilion

ORGANIZERS
SIWI, UNESCO-IHP, FWP, Sweden, France, GWP, UNECE
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