Watering the NDCs: National Climate Planning for 2020 and Beyond

How water-aware climate policies can strengthen climate change mitigation & adaptation goals

AGWA, through a crowdsourcing effort including national, sectoral, and civil society partners from more than 100 countries, has created a new guidance and planning document for integrating water into our climate responses. Watering the NDCs provides guiding principles and recommendations for national climate planners and decision-makers to help ensure they meet their goals set out in National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). The report is designed to help Parties consider the reality of their water management across sectors, while working towards robust and flexible solutions able to withstand the effects of climate change. While this document concentrates on the mechanisms outlined within the UNFCCC Paris Agreement, the lessons are equally applicable to the 2030 Agenda and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

The document's guiding principles and recommendations are a starting place to incorporate water into national climate planning. Detailed resources for implementation are also highlighted. The paper is designed to be a living document—routinely updated to incorporate new insights, case studies and resources—and to center a global movement around climate-resilient water management for adaptation and mitigation, which we are calling the “Watering the NDCs” movement.

Download the full document or the condensed set of key messages. The full report will be updated periodically, with the most up-to-date version available on this webpage.

The report was made possible by support from Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) of the Federal Republic of Germany.

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