GWP-Med at UNFCCC COP 24, 2nd to the 14th December 2018, Katowice, Poland.

The 24th Session of the Conference of Parties (COP24), hosted by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat, is taking place in from the 2nd to the 14th December 2018, Katowice, Poland.

GWP-Med is organizing in collaboration with the UNECE – Water Convention Secretariat, the African Water Facility and the Climate Resilience Infrastructure Development Facility a side event Supporting transboundary actions to address Climate Change’ . The objective of this event is to highlight the importance of considering transboundary perspectives when developing strategies and actions, such as through National Adaptation Plans, designed to address climate change and highlight the importance of transboundary organisations. Join us to this side event on the 7th of December 2018,  11:00-12:30 at the Pavilion of the African Development Bank.

GWP-Med will be also sharing its experience and contributing to the panel of number of side-events :

4th December 2018; 10:45-11:45; Venue : The Pacific and Koronivia Pavilion : “Adapting to Water Scarcity in Agriculture” organized by FAO in the framework of the Global Framework for Water Scarcity in Agriculture (WASAG).

The event will foster dialogue between partners on potential areas of collaboration and country support under the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture, and present specific country actions as showcases in particular related to the role of water management in agriculture to tackle climate change.

 -  4th December 2018; 13:15 – 14:45, Venue : Room Pieniny: “A Tropical Country Response to Climate Change with Integrated Water Resources Management Strategies” organized by the Government of Sri Lanka & Global Water Partnership.

The event aims to:

– Share experiences and lessons from Sri Lanka on managing water – via a balance of infrastructure investments, governance mechanisms, and management instruments to adapt to climate change

– Discuss the value of the NAP process in outlining Sri Lanka’s strategic framework for responding to climate change, and the importance of an integrated, ecosystem-based water management approach in this process

– Discuss national-provincial coordination in Sri Lanka’s adaptation planning and programmes

– Discuss good practices and approaches to facilitate stakeholder engagement in water-related adaptation initiatives, including gender responsiveness and vulnerability-targeting

–  Discuss challenges and lessons on mobilizing climate finance, including from the GCF, for climate resilience water projects

– Discuss the need for science-based, country-driven approaches to climate change adaptation in water sector

5th December 2018; 14:00- 15:00, Venue : The Pacific and Koronivia Pavilion  : “Nature-Based Solutions for land, soil and water management; a new paradigm for sustainable agricultural development” organized by FAO.

The side event focus on policy frameworks and management to integrate profitable farming practice with the preservations and use of ecosystems functions that are related to soil, land and water and improved catchment management consistent with SDGs 2, 6 and 15.

7th December 2018; 16:30 – 18:00, Venue : Pavilion of the African Development Bank: “Advancing Urban Water Security under a Changing Climate” organized by GWP, the Water Development and Sanitation Department (AHWS) and the Nature Conservancy (TNC).

The objective of the event is to examine how climate change is shaping water security of African cities and to discuss some of the opportunities for scaling up effective solutions to address the impending problems. Specifically, the workshop will discuss:

- the challenges and opportunities for building water resilient cities in the face of climate change,

-  applying the city-wide/river basin lens to the management of urban water resources and building city resilience to climate change,

-  the role of nature-based solutions in improving water yield and climate resilience of urban source water areas.

Furthermore, GWP-Med is supporting the participation of Mauritanian youth representatives who will contribute actively and interact with youth from other GWP regions in the framework of the GWP Central and Eastern Europe led campaign Youth Voices, Policy Choices.