Alliance for Global Water Adaptation / Arup / Climate Bonds Initiative / Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany / Forest Trends / International Union for Conservation of Nature / Rare / Stockholm International Water Institute / The World Bank Group / United Nations Economic Commission for Europe / WaterAid / World Resources Institute

From Global Policy to Local Project: Managing Water through NDCs

Sunday 27 August | 16.00-17.30 | Room: M2

Can global policy drive local sustainable water resource management decisions and projects? In 2015, the UNFCCC Paris Agreement was signed using Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) as the country-level mechanism for climate mitigation targets, with the opportunity to also include climate adaptation needs. While many of the NDCs explicitly prioritize water, they describe goals and aspirations rather than projects or the many institutions and required financing necessary to implement these targets. Thus, the intensifying use of water for climate mitigation and adaptation at the project level may not represent national policy coherence or best practices. Donors increasingly embark on initiatives emphasizing the role of NDCs in sustainable and climate resilient development in order to foster effective, fundable, and funded projects that will meet global policy objectives. How can we ensure that the water necessary for clean energy, equitable transboundary management, robust adaptation and economic development, cities and sanitation, and resilient ecosystems reflects best practices as NDCs begin to crystallize from aspirations into projects? Here, we will discuss how global climate policy is reshaping both technical and political cooperation, synergies, and tensions between governance levels, sectors, policy areas, and countries.


Moderator: Mark Fletcher, Arup

16:00 Welcome and Problem Statement

  • John Matthews, Alliance for Global Water Adaptation

16:10 Place-based Mini-cases

Transboundary management and adaptation in Ukraine-Moldova (Dniester basin)

  • Sonja Koeppel, UNECE

Multi-sectoral impact of adaptive water resources planning in Ethiopia 

  • Betsy Otto, WRI

Engaging and empowering stakeholders and local agencies in Colombia

  • Catalina Mejia, Rare 

16:30 Vehicles for Implementation
Justine Leigh-Bell, CBI, and Martin Kerres, GIZ 

16:50 Short High Level Response Panel
Stephanie Lyons, WaterAid , Kathleen Dominique, OECD, Franz Marré, BMZ

17:20 Pitch to Audience and Closing Remarks
James Dalton, IUCN 

17:30 Close of session