The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

UNECE's 8th session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Water Convention

You are invited to join more than 400 representatives of Ministries, joint bodies, international and non-governmental organizations and academia from all regions of the world who will come together in Astana, Kazakhstan from 10 to 12 October, to discuss transboundary water cooperation, at the eighth Meeting of the Parties (MOP 8) to the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention). This high-level meeting, organized by the Kazakh Ministry of Agriculture and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) which services the Water Convention, is in many ways historic: it will be the first MOP held in Asia and the first one with membership of the Convention beyond the pan-European region, symbolically marking the beginning of a new era for the Convention.
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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...