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News Call for contributions for the 3rd Workshop on water & adaptation to climate change in transboundary basins: Making adaptation work

The workshop will bring together countries and other stakeholders from all over the world, engaged in activities on water and adaptation to climate variability and change, in particular in transboundary basins, with the aim to:

- Support governments, organizations, joint bodies and other actors involved in the process of preparing climate change adaptation strategies by offering them a platform to exchange experience on adapting to climate variability and change,

- Identify, collect and analyse best practices, success factors and lessons learned on adaptation to climate change, with a particular focus on transboundary basins,

- Share the practical experience developed by the pilot projects on adaptation to climate change in transboundary basins under the UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) as well as other similar initiatives and resources by partner organizations such as the World Meteorological Organization, UN-Water and others.

- Provide input to debates on water and climate and the definition of future activities in this area.

The workshop will be organized on 25 and 26 April 2012, back-to-back with the fifth meeting of the Task Force on Water and Climate (27 April 2012), under the leadership of the Government of the Netherlands and Germany, with the support of the UNECE secretariat. It is organized in partnership with the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA), the Global Water Partnership Mediterranean (GWP-MED), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the World Meteorological Organization and the European Commission. Funding for pilot projects and the platform for exchanging experience is also provided by the governments of Finland and Switzerland. 

The workshop is an important step in the process of opening the Water Conventionand in particular its activities on water and climate change to non-UNECE countries,including in the Mediterranean, in accordance with the amendments adopted at thethird Meeting of the Parties to allow accession to the Convention to all UN MemberStates to the Convention. Experts from all over the world are therefore invited toparticipate and share their knowledge and experience.Future steps in this direction include a proposal, to be further discussed in theframework of the elaboration of the Convention’s programme of work for 2013-2015,for setting up a global network on climate change adaptation in transboundary basins,based on the already existing UNECE platform for climate change adaptation andtransboundary waters.

The workshop is addressed to all those who are responsible for, or involved in theprocess of developing an adaptation strategy and addressing climate change impactson water resources, at the national and transboundary level: first and foremostgovernmental representatives, but also water and health managers, local authorities,and representatives of academia, research institutes and non-governmental organizations.

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Abstracts for presentations on the above topics (max. 500 words) should be sent to
the Water Convention secretariat (els.otterman@unece.org and
Sonja.koeppel@unece.org) by 1 March 2012. The abstracts should be structured as
follows:
- Background of the project, situation, expected impacts, measures planned/
implemented, partners, level of advancement
- Achievements so far
- Difficulties encountered
- Transboundary aspects
- Lessons learnt that could be of use for other projects

 

Abstracts for presentations on the above topics (max. 500 words) should be sent tothe Water Convention secretariat (els.otterman@unece.org and Sonja.koeppel@unece.org) by 1 March 2012.

Eligible participants from countries with economies in transition and developing countries may apply for financial support to facilitate their participation in theworkshop. Requests for financial support should be submitted to the UNECE secretariat (Cammile.Marcelo@unece.org@unece.org) as soon as possible, but not later than 15 March 2011. No application will be accepted after this deadline. Due to the limited funds available, priority will be given to experts providing inputs tothe workshop.

The abstracts should be structured asfollows:

- Background of the project, situation, expected impacts, measures planned/implemented, partners, level of advancement
- Achievements so far
- Difficulties encountered
- Transboundary aspects
- Lessons learnt that could be of use for other projects

Abstracts for presentations on the above topics (max. 500 words) should be sent tothe Water Convention secretariat (els.otterman@unece.org andSonja.koeppel@unece.org) by 1 March 2012. The abstracts should be structured asfollows:- Background of the project, situation, expected impacts, measures planned/implemented, partners, level of advancement- Achievements so far- Difficulties encountered- Transboundary aspects- Lessons learnt that could be of use for other projects

Contact information UNECE (email: els.otterman@unece.org ; Sonja.koeppel@unece.org ; Cammile.Marcelo@unece.org@unece.org)
News type CallForPaper
File link http://www.unece.org/env/water/transboundary_adaptation_workshop_2012
File link local 20120425_callcontributions_adaptation.pdf (PDF, 105 Kb)
Source of information UNECE secretariat
Keyword(s) Adaptation to Climate Change
Subject(s) AGRICULTURE , FINANCE-ECONOMY , HYDRAULICS - HYDROLOGY , INFORMATION - COMPUTER SCIENCES , MEASUREMENTS AND INSTRUMENTATION , METHTODOLOGY - STATISTICS - DECISION AID , NATURAL MEDIUM , POLICY-WATER POLICY AND WATER MANAGEMENT , RISKS AND CLIMATOLOGY , TOOL TERMS , WATER DEMAND
Relation http://www.emwis.net/thematicdirs/events/2012/04/third-workshop-water-and-adaptation-climate-change-transboundary-basins-making
Geographical coverage Switzerland,
News date 15/02/2012
Working language(s) ENGLISH
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