The Rockefeller Foundation;
International and regional crises and conflicts, and changes in the environment and climate, are threats to water security and sustainable growth. Massive political and economic consequences accrue from regional tensions in transboundary basins, in part resulting from human pressure on finite water resources. Conflicts at the national level often relate to water resources (among others) and climate variability, which becomes even more apparent in situations of weak governance.
The effects of climate change risk increasing the problems. The outcome of the UNFCCC COP 21 will therefore be important for future management of these threats. Resilience to climate change goes beyond mere adaptation measures and into the core of societies. What mechanisms can promote growth under situations characterized by conflict and change? How do transboundary and domestic challenges differ? What type of water management is required to promote economic development?
The seminar will address challenges to achieving water security under situations of crisis and change, with particular focus on water. This includes sustainable growth in conflict zones, climate change adaptation, knock-on effects of crisis situations beyond the country/region and achieving resilient water management in conflict and crisis areas.
Please find posters connected to the seminar under Resources.
Achieving water security
Chair: Dr. Fred Boltz, The Rockefeller Foundation
Moderator: Dr. Phil Graham, BTC and SMHI
Dr. Fred Boltz, The Rockefeller Foundation
16:05 Resilience and water security: exploring connections from local
to global scales
Prof. Belinda Reyers, SRC and Stellenbosch University
16:20 Drought mitigation measures implemented in Kwazulu Natal,
South Africa 2015-2016
Manisha Maharaj, Department of Water and Sanitation, South
16:30 Watershed Management in the face of Climate Change, Peru,
Dr. Sergio D. Claure, AECOM
16:40 Retro-innovation Systems Analysis for Agricultural Water
Harvesting Practices in Jordan
Gregory Sixt, Tufts University, USA
16:50 Leveraging private sector stewardship for rural supply chain
Dr. Hannah Baleta, Pegasys
17:00 Interactive discussion
Hussam Hussein, University of East Anglia
On the 28th of August, 2016, the seminar “water security in a changing world: coping with threats” took place. The first session of the seminar, entitled “understanding water insecurity”, introduced the concept of water security, contextualizing it in our current changing world, in terms of both political and physical aspects. The presenters provided an overview of the international and regional crises and conflicts, changes in the environment and climate, which are contributing to create situations of water insecurity. In particular, this session outlined the inter-linkages between conflicts and crisis with water insecurity.
The second session, entitled “threats to water security: context and crisis,” further analysed the different types of threats to water security. This session explored what we can see as threats to water security. It contextualized this with other threats coming from changing conditions, such as conflict, forced migrations, and climate change. The presenters showed the political and economic consequences that accrue from regional tensions in transboundary basins, in part resulting from human pressure on finite water resources. Conflicts at the national level often relate to water resources (among others) and climate variability, which becomes even more apparent in situations of weak governance.
The third session, entitled “achieving water security,” addressed solutions to achieving water security in a changing world. It discussed different overviews of how potential solutions may look like, what are key ingredients to increasing resiliency, what makes them sustainable, discussing whether they could be applied in conflict zones.
The main messages that emerged from this seminar are:
Some highlights that emerged during the seminar are: