The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

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.

20th International Riversymposium and Environmental Flows Conference | Brisbane Declaration 2.0

The Brisbane Declaration is a pioneering document on freshwater ecosystem health and human well-being. The Declaration is an output of the 10th International Riversymposium and Environmental Flows Conference that took place in Brisbane, Australia in 2007. It represents summary findings and a global action agenda that addresses the urgent need to protect rivers globally. Environmental flows (eflows) are a key component of the Brisbane Declaration. Eflows describe the quantity, timing, and quality of water flows required to sustain freshwater and estuarine ecosystems and the human livelihoods and well-being that depend on these ecosystems.

Now, 10 years later, the 20th International Riversymposium and Environmental Flows Conference has arrived. It will take place 18-20 September again in Brisbane, Australia. And, the first draft of the updated Brisbane Declaration 2.0 is now available for comments. Read more below.