The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

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

Water is the primary medium through which climate change influences the Earth's ecosystems and many basins around the world are already affected by such impacts. Basin-wide cooperation in adaptation enables more effective adaptation by sharing data, models and scenarios, and locating measures at optimal locations within the basin. First concrete experiences are now available on the implementation of adaptation measures within basins, for example within the global network of basins working on climate change adaptation, supported by the UNECE Water Convention and INBO, but also in other projects by IUCN, etc. These experiences need to be exchanged in order to enable more effective, efficient and sustainable adaptation. Therefore, following the recommendation of the 6th WWF in Marseille, UNECE and INBO have been working to consolidate these experiences into a practical publication to be presented at the 7th WWF in the Republic of Korea, namely a collection of lessons learned and good practices on how countries in a transboundary basin can work together to develop and implement an adaptation strategy and plan in water management taking into account the new challenges from climate change.