WCC-3, GWP Chair Dr Obeng presentation

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WCC-3, GWP Chair Dr Obeng presentation

  1. 1. Partnerships for Adaptation Letitia A.. Obeng Chair GWP
  2. 2. WATER Sources: UN Water/internet
  3. 3. Water, the primary medium <ul><li>Water is the primary medium through which climate change will impact people, ecosystems and economies </li></ul><ul><li>Water resources management should therefore be an early focus for adaptation to climate change </li></ul><ul><li>Water resources management does not hold all of the answers to adaptation; a broad range of responses will be needed </li></ul><ul><li>But, water is both part of the problem and an important part of the solution. It is a good place to start </li></ul>
  4. 4. (SourceDavid Grey ) (Source:David Grey ) AFP-Getty Images
  5. 5. Integrated Water Resources Management <ul><li>An approach that reflects the need to achieve a balance among: </li></ul><ul><li>Economic efficiency </li></ul><ul><li>Social equity </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental sustainability </li></ul>
  6. 6. W WATER - Cuts across all sectors and areas…. Institutions Capacity Enhancement Maintenance Management Infrastructure Information Climate information Working together W&S W&S W&S W&S W&S W&S W&S W&S Water & Sanitation, Drainage, Effluent and Waste Agriculture & Irrigation Others Economic & Social Dev. Environment & Natural Resources, Oceans and Coastal Areas Transport, Industry & Energy Health, Education & Gender Support Disasters – floods, droughts
  7. 7. Water Security.... <ul><li>Water security for underserved and vulnerable poor populations </li></ul><ul><li>Greater capacity to manage future risks </li></ul><ul><li>Investment today in water security for a more resilient world in the future. </li></ul><ul><li>Responses that can deliver immediate benefits. </li></ul><ul><li>Build robust, adaptive institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Core water resources management information systems, institutions and investments needed </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t fragment initiatives </li></ul><ul><li>Align with aid effectiveness principles </li></ul>
  8. 8. Ethiopia: Rainfall, GDP and Agricultural GDP
  9. 9. Percentage changes in annual extreme precipitation
  10. 10. World potential and current hydropower production, 2004
  11. 11. <ul><li>Climate Change will affect demand for water </li></ul><ul><li>Climate Change will also affect the dynamics of the economy. Water scarcity, water related disasters, spatial patterns of development, structural changes in economies. </li></ul><ul><li>ADAPTATION MEANS MANAGING THESE DYNAMICS, bringing to bear all key stakeholders and actors. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Some concrete suggestions….. <ul><li>For the Climate Community </li></ul><ul><li>Support improved climate information systems and services in the developing world, and at the local, national and regional levels, as needed </li></ul><ul><li>For the Water Resources Management Community </li></ul><ul><li>Integration of climate information into water resource management planning activities is important – make sure they are at the table. </li></ul><ul><li>For both </li></ul><ul><li>Link climate experts with hydrologists and other specialists who are looking for practical and sustainable adaptation solutions to the effects of climate change – get them to interact as this has long term benefits. </li></ul>

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