7 August 2012. Climate change is expected to heavily impact the availability of water resources worldwide. In order to support the development of effective adaptation strategies to cope with this threat, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat organized a Technical Workshop on Water, Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation, from 18-20 July 2012, in Mexico City, Mexico.
The workshop had two major objectives:
1) assist parties, in particular developing countries, including the least developed countries (LDCs) and small island developing Sates (SIDS), to improve and develop shared understanding of:
- climate change impacts and vulnerability of water resources, related sectors and ecosystems;
- adaptation planning and practices that reduce vulnerability of water resources, related sectors and ecosystems;
- data, observation and research needs and opportunities, including on communication and stakeholder engagement, and knowledge sharing and management at all levels;
2) provide a potential direction for future work on water and climate change in the context of the Nairobi work programme.
Discussions during the three day-meeting included presentations by key speakers followed by plenary discussions, which addressed, inter alia: transboundary, national and sub-national adaptation planning and practices related to water; the consideration of indigenous and traditional knowledge, including gender-sensitive tools and approaches for impact and vulnerability assessment at multiple levels; comparative vulnerability and resilience assessments; and practical cases on observational data in assessing climate change. In addition, participants learned from experiences in Mexico, the US, Costa Rica, Egypt, Haiti, Burkina Faso, the Rhine basin, West African, and Bangladesh. Presentations are available at the workshop's website.
The technical workshop was organized in response to a request by the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC. It was also informed by Annex I to the SBSTA 34 report (FCCC/SBSTA/2011/2) and a technical paper prepared by the Secretariat (FCCC/TP/2011/5).
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